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Vatican confirms addition of St. Joseph to Eucharistic Prayers

June 19, 2013

The Vatican has confirmed that the name of St. Joseph will now be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used at Mass.

In a decree made public on June 19, the Congregation for Divine Worship said that Pope Francis authorized the addition of the name of St. Joseph to Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV. It had already been added to Eucharistic Prayer I, the Roman Canon, by Blessed John XXIII.

The Vatican decree, which had been widely reported before it was formally released, included the specific language to be added:

  • 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 ...

The use of the new wording can begin immediately.

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