DPPL 221: Joseph in the Liturgy

STA altar at night smallSaint Joseph is no stranger to the liturgical year. The Church features him rather significantly as a person offered for our consideration:

221. The person and role of St. Joseph is frequently celebrated in the Liturgy, especially in connection with nativity and infancy of Christ: during Advent(Especially on days when the central theme of the liturgy is the genealogy of Our Lord (Mt 1, 1-17): 17 December) or the angel’s message to St. Joseph (Mt 1, 18-4: 18 December); IV Sunday in Advent A): both pericopes underline that Jesus is the Messiah, “the Son of David” (Mt 1, 1) through Joseph who was of the house of David (cf. Mt 1, 20; Lk 1, 27.32)); Christmastide, especially the feast of the Holy Family, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph (19 March), and on his memorial (1 May).

Speaking for my own experience with my baptismal patron, I haven’t really settled on ny one feast day. I recognize the day observances in March and May. I do not neglect Holy Family Day in the week following Christmas. I keep an icon of the annunciation to Joseph in my office.

St. Joseph is also mentioned in the Communicantes of the Roman Canon and in the Litany of the Saints (Cf. Roman Calendar, Litany of the Saints, cit., 1969, pp 33-39). The invocation of the Holy Patriarch (Cf. Rite of Pastoral Care of the Sick 143) is suggested in the Commendation of the Dying, as well as the community’s prayer that the souls of the dead, having left this world, may “be taken to the peace of the new and eternal Jerusalem, and be with Mary, the Mother of God, St. Joseph, and all of the Angels and Saints” (Rite of Pastoral Care of the Sick 146).

And now, not just in the first Eucharistic Prayer, but II, III, and IV as well. It is good to remember that while Pope Francis authorized the addition in June 2013, Pope Benedict XVI began the initiative for that liturgical development.

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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