On the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1, the Vatican added 7 new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph, with the approval of Pope Francis.
By Robin Gomez
The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on Saturday introduced 7 new calls to the litany in honor of St. Joseph. The initiative comes during the Year of St. Joseph, which Pope Francis announced from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.
In a letter to the presidents of episcopal conferences around the world, the secretary of the congregation, Archbishop Arthur Roche, and the deputy secretary, Father Corrado Maggioni, SMM, explained the reason behind the move. “On the 1
The congregation presented the new appeals to Pope Francis, who approved their integration into the Litany of St. Joseph.
The new calls, originally in Latin, are as follows: The Guardian of the Redeemer to serve Christ, the Minister of Health, the difficulties of support, the protector of refugees, the protector of the suffering, the protector of the poor. They can be translated as: Guardian of the Redeemer, Servant of Christ, Minister of Salvation, Support of adversity, Protector of the exiles, Protector of the suffering and Patron of the poor.
With these additions, the appeals in the Litany to St. Joseph now increase to 31.
The Congregation stated, “The Episcopal Conferences will be responsible for the translation and publication of the Litany into the languages within their competence; these translations do not require the confirmation of the Apostolic See. The Congregation also allowed the Episcopal Conferences to add other appeals with which St. Joseph is venerated in their countries. “Such additions,” he says, “must be made in the right place and preserve the literary genre of the Litany.”