The Abbey Psalms and Canticles

Cover of the AP&C book

Published by USCCB November 2019.

The Abbey Psalms and Canticles presents some of the most moving passages of the Bible in an accurate and poetic translation, beautifully bound in a handsome edition.

Prepared by the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey in Missouri, this translation establishes the definitive form of Psalms and canticles that will gradually appear in official Catholic liturgical books. Among other rituals, future editions of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Lectionary for Mass (both several years from completion) will use this translation. Technically precise, the translation keeps a smooth cadence especially suited to singing and recitation. 

Why this text?

Since the text in this book is the basis for future liturgical documents, it is important to convert it to accessible formats so that when the new Liturgy of the Hours is published, an accessible version is ready at the same time.


Available from:

  • USCCB Bookstore.
  • Displayed on Amazon but as of May 4 2020, marked as “not available” Mary Sperry, Associate Director of Permissions at USCCB told me on May 1, 2020 that they were “Working on a Kindle” edition but there was no forecasted date.
  • Xavier Society for the Blind is considering adding this title to it’s library of accessible books. The decision to invest the resources to convert the book depends on demand. If interested, please contact Executive Director, Malachy Fallon.

Bibliographic Information

  • ISBN: 978-1-60137-644-2