Prayer

Addition of St Joseph to Eucharistic Prayers II-IV

St Joseph by Lawrence Lew OP

St Joseph

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments have informed Bishops' Conferences that from henceforward St Joseph is to be insert into Eucharistic Prayers II-IV in the Roman Missal. In the Decree it is stated:

'Exercising his paternal care over Jesus, Saint Joseph of Nazareth, set over the Lord's family, marvellously 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 honoured 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.'

Resources

  • Decree from Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
  • Missal Pages for Eucharistic Prayers II, III & IV (dashed lines indicates where the page should be cut)
  • 'Bookmark' for use with Missal (dashed line indicates where page should be cut - produces 2 bookmarks)
  • 'Bookmark' Latin - for use with Missale Romanum (dashed line indicates where page should be cut - produces 2 bookmarks)