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For the record: Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship on the insertion of the name of St. Joseph into Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV

The website of the Holy See today published the text of the decree on the insertion of the name of St. Joseph into Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV, although the contents have already been widely disseminated in the last few days after the embargo was prematurely broken.

It is noteworthy that the decree -- implementing the first change to the Latin text of the Novus Ordo Missae since 2008, when alternative formulae for the dismissal at the end of Mass were approved -- speaks of this insertion as already having been approved by Benedict XVI, while its implementation was left to the current Pontificate. 

DECREE


Exercising his paternal care over Jesus, Saint Joseph of Nazareth, set over the Lord’s family, marvelously fulfilled the office he received by grace. Adhering firmly to the mystery of God’s design of salvation in its very beginnings, he stands 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. Through these virtues, this Just man, caring most lovingly for the Mother of God and happily dedicating himself to the upbringing of Jesus Christ, was placed as guardian over God the Father’s most precious treasures. Therefore he has been the subject of assiduous devotion on the part of the People of God throughout the centuries, as the support of that mystical body, which is the Church. 


The faithful in the Catholic Church have shown continuous devotion to Saint Joseph and have solemnly and constantly honored his memory as the most chaste spouse of the Mother of God and as the heavenly Patron of the universal Church. For this reason Blessed Pope John XXIII, in the days of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, decreed that Saint Joseph’s name be added to the ancient Roman Canon. In response to petitions received from places throughout the world, the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI deemed them worthy of implementation and graciously approved them. The Supreme Pontiff Francis likewise has recently confirmed them. In this the Pontiffs had before their eyes the full communion of the Saints who, once pilgrims in this world, now lead us to Christ and unite us with him. 


Accordingly, mature consideration having been given to all the matters mentioned here above, this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, by virtue of the faculties granted by the Supreme Pontiff Francis, is pleased to decree that the name of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary is henceforth to be added to Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV, as they appear in the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, after the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as follows: in Eucharistic Prayer II: "ut cum beáta Dei Genetríce Vírgine María, beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso, beátis Apóstolis"; in Eucharistic Prayer III: "cum beatíssima Vírgine, Dei Genetríce, María, cum beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso, cum beátis Apóstolis"; and in Eucharistic Prayer IV: "cum beáta Vírgine, Dei Genetríce, María, cum beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso, cum Apóstolis ".


As regards the Latin text, these formulas are hereby declared typical. The Congregation itself will soon provide vernacular translations in the more widespread western languages; as for other languages, translations are to be prepared by the Bishops’ Conferences, according to the norm of law, to be confirmed by the Holy See through this Dicastery.


All things to the contrary notwithstanding.


From the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 1 May 2013, on the Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker.

Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera

Prefect

 + Arthur Roche

Archbishop Secretary



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In Eucharistic Prayer II:

"that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles...";

In Eucharistic Prayer III:

"with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs...";

In Eucharistic Prayer IV:

"with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and with your Apostles...".

8 comments:

Angelo said...

It is great that the Glorious St. Joseph most chaste spouse of our Lady is being added to the other Eucaristic Prayers. He is the Patron of the Church. With his name added to each Mass he will surely do something about the abuses in the Liturgy.

David Werling said...

It's about time that the novus ordo establishment caught up with us traditionalists!

New Catholic said...

La nuovamessa è mobile, qual piuma al vento, / muta d'accento - e di pensiero.

Roberto Hope said...

Father Terzio in his Ex Orbe blog, reminds us of how tampering with the Canon of the Mass in the fifties by introducing Saint Joseph in the prayers was a trojan horse which a few years later justified the alteration and complete overhaulig of the mass which resulted in the Novus Ordo and is uneasy as to what other novelties this new addition will bring about in coming years.

For those who read Spanish, the full article can be found at http://exorbe.blogspot.mx/2013/06/la-sospecha-de-san-jose.html

Jonvilas said...

NC, belissimo!

Peter Karl T. Perkins said...

A simpler and more beneficial way to ensure that St. Joesph is always in the Canon would be to abolish Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV.

P.K.T.P.

Athelstane said...

P.K.T.P.,

A simpler and more beneficial way to ensure that St. Joesph is always in the Canon would be to abolish Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV.

Indeed!

There would be such wailing and gnashing of teeth, of course...but they ought not have been permitted in the first place.

The more zealous of the reformers, then and today, had/have a real dislike for the Roman Canon, which is why they would fight tooth and nail such a reform. As many of us know, Bugnini hoped to ditch the Canon altogether and offer 16 new Eucharistic Prayers as options in its place. In one of his few actions of restraint, Paul VI vetoed the scheme, and insisted that the Canon remain as the first of four EP's.

All of which rescinds from the relative novelty of St. Joseph's addition to the Canon by John XXIII in the first place. A radical action at the time, another precedent for more radical scheme, some thought at the time; but largely accepted by traditionalists today, since modernists seem so indifferent to St. Joseph. Which is why it has always been interesting to me that we have had to wait so long to see him added to the Eucharistic Prayers in the N.O..

Ale said...


"amor de la verdad/San José manipulado"

"bastión católico/la sospecha de San José"

Muy buena explicación en ambos blogs.