Wednesday, 19 June 2013

St Jospeh included in Eucharistic prayers

Woo Hoo! Lets hear it for St Joseph. He is given greater significance in the church and the Mass. I am happy about this. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments have released a document in which they "biged up" St Joseph. Following from this, saint Joseph is now included in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV in the Roman Missal.

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.

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