Monday, March 18, 2013

Alleluia on St. Joseph's Day?



What an extra special St. Joseph's day,  with the inauguration of our new Pope, the nameday of our former Pope, and, as always, a nice little break from lent.

The Office of Readings has some lovely things to say about Our Lord's earthly Dad. Look:

In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its  promised fulfilment. what the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms. 

Then, this:

Now we can see how the last summoning words of the Lord apply to saint Joseph: Enter into the joy of your Lord...They convey not only that this holy man possesses an inward joy, but also that it surrounds him and engulfs him like an infinite abyss. 


Now, I have a question. Maybe it's my current fever-induced fog, but I just can't figure it out. I see "Alleluia" in parentheses after each antiphon in the office of this solemnity. But, we aren't supposed to use the Alleluia during lent, are we? Even if it is a solemnity?  I mean, its not as if the Solemnity of St. Joseph would ever fall outside of lent. So...what gives?

Oh wait. I think I've got it. The same  psalms and antiphons may be used for the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st. Clearly, a day that is always during the Alleluia time of year. 

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  1. Beautiful OOR for my taken name's sake (I'm an Oblate of St. Benedict with Saint Benedict Abbey in Still River, MA). I couldn't wait 'till Tuesday, so I did anticipated Office of Readings. You hit the nail on the heaf...great stuff for our Great St. Joseph.

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    1. Happy nameday, Brother Joseph! Our new Pope must also have a devotion to your patron, given that his coat of arms contains a symbol of this saint.

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  2. Daria, I think they put Alleluia after antiphons because it is used when the solemnity of Saint Joseph is celebrated in the Easter season. It is the case when March 19th falls during Holy Week so it is transferred after Second Sunday of Easter. This year it is not the case, but it is the case with the Annunciation feast that will be celebrated with Alleluia on April 8th.

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    1. Ah! good. I knew about the Annuniciation transfer, but was not aware that this was also done for St. Joseph. Makes sense.So, looking at the table of feasts, we must have had this situation in 2008 (I guess I've just forgotten--old age!), and probably won't have it happen again until many years from now.

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  3. In addition, the conference of bishops may elect to move St. Joseph out of Lent into Eastertime (a provision based partly on (1)that the Third Wednesday in Easter that was observed as the feast of his patronage over the universal Church, was suppressed(2) that in places where he is observed with greater solemnity, such a celebration might not be appropriate during Lent)

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    1. Really? Thanks for the info. There are any number of feastdays that local bishops conferences move around to suit local preference (St. Bernadette in France comes to mind), but it hadn't occurred to me that this would be done with a solemnity.

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  4. I am very sorry that you aren't feeling well! I will pray for you today and that your fever and fog lift! :-)

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