Wednesday, September 06, 2006

more St. Joseph

Zenit's liturgy corner answers the question of adding "St. Joseph" to the Eucharistic prayers.  It is an easy answer really.  When you see the word "adding" coupled with "prayer" in the context of Mass, the answer is gonna be NO.   
I read in some comments recently by a seemingly holy priest that he was in the habit of adding "the husband of Mary" as the title for St. Joseph in the Eucharistic Prayer I (where St. Joseph is part of the Canon.)  He was describing how this was the proper title for him and therefore added that as a teaching phrase.  This would be all fine and good except in Mass where the Mass isn't about teaching or making a point.  NO ONE may add or subtract from the Mass even the well intentioned.

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