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Vatican adds seven invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

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St. Joseph carrying the Child Jesus on the left arm by Pieter van Lint. / Public Domain.

Vatican City, May 1, 2021 / 07:50 am (CNA).

The Vatican’s divine worship office announced Saturday the addition of seven new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph.

The seven invocations, in Latin, are Custos Redemptoris, Serve Christi, Minister salutis, Fulcimen in difficultatibus, Patrone exsulum, Patrone afflictorum, and Patrone pauperum.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wrote a letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, explaining the inclusion of the new invocations.

“On the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, published the Apostolic Letter Patris corde, with the aim ‘to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal,’” the congregation said.

“In this light,” it added, “it appeared opportune to update the Litany in honor of Saint Joseph, approved by the Apostolic See in 1909, by integrating seven new invocations drawn from the interventions of the Popes who have reflected on aspects of the figure of the Patron of the Universal Church.”

The additions to the Litany of St. Joseph were approved by Pope Francis.

The bishops’ conferences will be responsible for the translation and publication of the updated litany in their local languages, the divine worship congregation stated. Bishops’ conferences can also, according to their own prudential judgement, introduce other invocations by which St. Joseph is honored in their countries.

A litany is a type of repetitive, petitionary prayer, often invoking the intercession of the saints or the Virgin Mary under different titles approved by the Church.

The new invocations of St. Joseph can be translated in English as Guardian of the Redeemer, Servant of Christ, Minister of Salvation, Support in Difficulties, Patron of Refugees, Patron of the Afflicted, and Patron of the Poor.


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  • Daughter of the Church

    The counter-church does it again! Under the pretense of “addition” it is just one more replacement of the liturgy by seemingly equivalent words which are factually deviations to the true character of the person. In this case it is a grotesque case of either inflation or deflation of St. Joseph. In its everlasting perfidy, the counter-church makes those imperceptible changes in Latin, a language which has deliberately dropped by antipope Paul VI.
    Diligent protector of Christ (Christi defensor sedule) is NOT “Guardian of the Redeemer” (Custos Redemptoris), because St. Joseph knew the Christ, but the Redemption occur after Joseph’s death, same as “Minister of Salvation” (Minister salutis). St. Joseph, unlike the apostles cannot be a “minister”.
    St. Joseph, for the same reasons above, cannot be “Patron” of the refugees; the poor; the afflicted. St. Joseph IS the Patron of the dying, because he died in the ultimate state of grave, that is between Jesus and Mary. St. Joseph is the Solace of the wretched (Solatium miserorum) because he had a silent compassion for his persecutor, the powerful Herod. St Joseph is not the Patron of the poor, but he is the “Lover of poverty” (Amator paupertatis), because St. Joseph, of the royal blood of David was poor but nevertheless, through his honest work maintained a decent living to the Holy Family.
    Lastly! Oh what a blaspheme! the counter-church and her imbecile clique dare calling St. Joseph “Servant of Christ” (Serve…

    • Daughter of the Church

      — let’s continue the comment—

      .. the counter-church and her imbecile clique dare calling St. Joseph “Servant of Christ” (Serve Christi). Does anyone remember that Jesus Christ became a true man enclosed into the womb of a woman for nine months; was born as any helpless child; was summited to His parents who were St. Joseph “Head of the Holy Family” (Almae Familiae praeses). St. Joseph may indeed be named “Servant of the Antichrist”, because the devil is proud and demands to be served, but not “Servant of Christ”. Jesus Christ has not allowed such an appellation to His foster father.
      Once more the devil has stepped on its tail.

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