Wednesday, June 19, 2013

St. Joseph to be included in the Eucharistic Prayers at Holy Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have a special devotion to St. Joseph and have assured that devotion regularly will be shared at Mass by Catholics around the world.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said Pope Francis confirmed a decision originally made by Pope Benedict to include St. Joseph permanently in the Eucharistic prayers used at most Masses in the Latin rite.

A decree signed May 1 by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, congregation prefect, and Archbishop Arthur Roche, congregation secretary, said Pope Benedict had received petitions from Catholics around the world and approved adding after the name of the Virgin Mary, the words "with blessed Joseph, her spouse.".

Blessed John XXIII had added the name of St. Joseph to the first eucharistic prayer, known as the Roman Canon, in the 1960s. The new decree inserts his name into eucharistic prayers II, III and IV.

A congregation official told Catholic News Service June 18 that national bishops' conferences could set a date for the changes to begin if they believe that is necessary, "but because it is a matter of only adding five words, priests can begin immediately."

The decree described St. Joseph as "an exemplary model of the kindness and humility that the Christian faith raises to a great destiny, and demonstrates the ordinary and simple virtues necessary for men to be good and genuine followers of Christ."

St. Joseph, "caring most lovingly for the Mother of God and happily dedicating himself to the upbringing of Jesus," has been the subject of deep Catholic devotion around the world for centuries, the decree said.

Link to the Decree issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship

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