Did you know that on June 19, a decree was announced, granting priests permission to add Joseph to the Eucharistic Prayer?
In Eucharistic Prayer II, for example, you may now hear:
"... with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God,
with Blessed Joseph, her spouse, with the Blessed Apostles..."
Ironically, both of our current Popes have bonds to St. Joseph.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's was, of course, baptized Joseph Ratzinger.
And Pope Francis, as we fondly remember, chose The Solemnity of St. Joseph as the date for his inaugural Mass. He also has a spikenard, a symbol of St. Joseph, on his coat-of-arms.
O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
This is all news to me. Thanx Michael. You're a font of knowledge.
God bless you always.
I was so happy to when I hear St Joseph's name mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer. As patron and protector of the Church, he should be mentioned :)
Thanks Michael and God bless.
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