The concerns shared in my earlier critique are warranted. The "inclusive" text of this edition turns an individual into a crowd. Psalm 1:1-3a says, "Blessed indeed are those who follow not the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path with sinners, not abide in the company of scorners, but whose delight is the law of the LORD, and who ponder God's law day and night. Such people..."
This is worth your consideration for next Lent: chanting the Passion. GIA's own Robert J. Batastini himself is responsible for this musical adaptation (from chant written for the Latin text) of all four Passion accounts. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are prepared for Palm Sunday of years A, B, and C, respectively for the Three-Year Lectionary. A is for Advent 2016-2017. John is ready for Good Friday.
The text appears to be a revised edition of the New American Bible (Text from the Lectionary for Mass copyright 1970, 1997, 1998 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC), but not the NABRE of 2011, of course. This title was published in 1999. Even now in 2016, the NABRE is not approved for reading at Mass.
Yes, I do plan to at least chant part of either the Palm Sunday or Good Friday Passion this coming Holy week in order to rejoice in the beauty of sung text, thank the Lord for His sacrifice for us, to re-introduce an ancient tradition (after teaching), and I encourage you to do the same.
A different treatment of the Passion According to St. John is up next, an English edition of a setting by Heinrich Schutz.
Church Order for Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel
How Doctrine, Ceremonies,
and Other Church-Related Matters
Shall (by God's Grace) Be Conducted Henceforth
Martin Chemnitz and Jacob Andrae
Promulgated by the Authority of Julis,
by God's Grace Duke of Braunschweig and Luneberg, Etc.
Printed at Wolfenbuttel, 1589
One cannot ignore how seriously these Lutherans took their teaching and practice. If it seems that they treat such things as matters of life and death, you are correct, for they were and still are. I read this initially while our congregation was revising our congregational constitution and bylaws. We're now working on what some here call "standing operating procedures," a modern version of a document like this. We can refer to a complete Book of Concord. They did not have that luxury because these authors were also busy writing this document, in part a precursor to what would be our Formula of Concord. The translators have done the whole Lutheran Church service in making this available to us today in English.
An ideal baptismal or baptismal birthday gift, this illustrated edition of one of my favorite hymns is both faithful and beautiful.