St. Joseph added to Novus Ordo Eucharist Prayers June 18, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Sacraments, Saints, Tradition.
I have to admit, I have a great devotion to St. Joseph, so my natural inclination is to be very pleased with the development Fr. Z and other sites are reporting, which is that the Vatican has decreed that St. Joseph is to be added to Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV. Given what I have come to learn about organic development in the Liturgy, however, I am forced to recall that it was a different addition of St. Joseph’s name, to a different Eucharistic Prayer – the Canon – that really opened the floodgates to liturgical reform/revolution. Perhaps this is a bit of coming full circle, and a return to more organic liturgical development:
Have you seen the news? Decades after John XXIII placed the name of Joseph in the Roman Canon, it seems that the name of the great Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons, will be in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV in the 3rd edition of the Missale Romanum.
I received a copy of a document from the USCCB which communicates the decree – Paternas vices (Prot. N. 215/11/L) – of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
The Latin shall be:
II: “ut cum beáta Dei Genetríce Vírgine María, beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso, beátis Apóstolis”
III: “cum beatissíma Vírgine, Dei Genetríce, María, cum beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso, cum beátis Apóstolis”
IV: “cum beáta Vírgine, Dei Genetríce, María, cum beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso, cum Apóstolis”
II: that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with Blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles
III: with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs
IV: with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and with your Apostles
I guess there is some question as to when this decree is to be implemented. Some are saying immediately, others at some unspecified date.
I will guess this change was actually begun under Pope Benedict, since the Vatican doesn’t usually move very fast. 3 months would be pretty quick for Pope Francis to have accomplished something like this. But no matter.
Well, it’s hard to say no to more glory for St. Joseph: