The seven invocations that the Pope added to the Litany of Saint Joseph

The Holy See today published the letter that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments sent to the episcopal conferences around the world to announce the introduction of seven new invocations in the Litany of St. Joseph.

Maria José Atienza-May 1, 2021-Reading time: 2 minutes
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These invocations, as indicated by the letterThe Pope's speeches were taken from the interventions of the Popes who reflected on some aspects of the figure of the Patron of the universal Church. The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was the framework for this announcement, which is part of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the universal Church and the year dedicated to the Holy Patriarch.

New invocations

Lan invocations that will join the current ones are the following:

Custos Redemptoris (cf. St. John Paul II, Exhort. Apost. Redemptoris custos);

Serve Christi (cf. St. Paul VI, homily of 19-III-1966, cited in Redemptoris custos n. 8 y Patris corde n. 1);

Minister salutis (St. John Chrysostom, quoted in Redemptoris custos, n. 8);

Fulcimen in difficultatibus (cf. Francis, Apostolic Letter. Patris cordeforeword);

Patrone exsulum (Patris corde, n. 5).

Patrone afflictorum (Patris corde, n. 5).

Patrone pauperum (Patris corde, n. 5).

The letter further states that "it is up to the Bishops' Conferences to translate the Litanies into the languages of their competence and to publish them; such translations shall not require the confirmatio of the Apostolic See. According to their prudent judgment, the Conferences of Bishops may also insert, in the appropriate place and preserving the literary genre, other invocations with which St. Joseph is particularly honored in their countries."

Litanies to St. Joseph (Guiding translation)

Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.

Christ hear us.

God our heavenly Father, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Illustrious descendant of David, pray for us.

Light of the Patriarchs, pray for us.

Custodian of the Redeemer, pray for us.

Bridegroom of the Mother of God, pray for us.

Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.

Nourishing Father of the Son of God, pray for us.

Jealous defender of Christ, pray for us.

Servant of Christ, pray for us.

Minister of Salvation, pray for us

Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

Joseph, most just, pray for us.

Joseph, most chaste, pray for us.

Joseph, most prudent, pray for us.

Joseph, most courageous, pray for us.

Joseph, most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of patience, pray for us.

Lover of poverty, pray for us.

Model workers, pray for us.

Glory of domestic life, pray for us.

Custodian of Virgins, pray for us.

Column of families, pray for us.

Support in difficulties, pray for us.

Comfort of the unfortunate, pray for us.

Hope of the sick, pray for us.

Patron of exiles, pray for us.

Patron of the afflicted, pray for us.

Patron of the poor, pray for us.

Patron of the dying, pray for us.

Terror of demons, pray for us.

Protector of the Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: forgive us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
V.- Established him as master of his house.
A.- And head of his entire estate.

Let us pray: O God, who in your ineffable providence, deigned to choose St. Joseph as the Spouse of your Blessed Mother: grant, we pray, that we may merit to have as our intercessor in heaven the one whom we venerate as our protector on earth. Thou who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

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