Litany of Saint Joseph in Gregorian is translated from Latin by CNBB


The objective of the initiative is to “increase love for this great Saint, to motivate to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his impetus”.

Newsroom (July 31, 2021 8:47 PM Gaudium Press) The Liturgical Music Sector, belonging to the Commission for the Liturgy of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), attending to the request of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments of the Vatican has carried out the translation into Portuguese of the Litany of Saint Joseph.

Jesuit Brother, Fernando Vieira, was responsible for coordinating this work. According to the religious, the final result has also been approved by the Commission of Liturgical Texts (Cetel) of the entity.

Intention to better celebrate the year dedicated to St. Joseph

This work is being made available “as a service to the Church in Brazil with the intention of better celebrating the year dedicated to St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church. Not only have we translated the original, but we are also offering two more modern versions inspired by Gregorian chant,” he said.

Professor Clayton Júnior Dias, who holds a doctorate in sacred music with a specialization in Gregorian chant, collaborated in the translation, along with the friars, Wanderson Luiz Freitas and Telles Ramon do Nascimento. In addition to the translated sheet music, are also offered more modern versions, the critical apparatus for Gregorian chant, and also two audio files with the music.

150 years since the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the universal Church

The aim of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the universal Church, “to increase love for this great saint, to motivate people to implore his intercession and imitate his virtues and impetus.”

For this reason, it was thought appropriate to update the Litany in honour of St. Joseph, approved in 1909 by the Apostolic See, by adding seven invocations taken from the interventions of the Popes who have reflected on aspects of the figure of the Patron of the universal Church, and which have been approved by the Holy Father Francis. (EPC)

Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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