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Today is the octave of the feast of the Patrocinii St. Joseph Confessoris Sponsi B.M.V. Confessoris.

F.r John Hunwicke writes:
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(1) His Feast on March 19 got under way in the 15th century and gradually spread. It celebrated S Joseph, Spouse of the Theotokos.
(2) Then his Feast as Guardian of the Universal Church was added (universal in the Latin Church from 1847), fixed on the Second Sunday (EF) after Easter (='Third Sunday of Eastertide' in the OF).
(3) Then, when S Pius X liberated Sundays from perpetually occurring Feasts, this feast moved to the subsequent Wednesday. But for some decades clergy were allowed to celebrate External Solemnities of S Joseph on the Sunday, where their people had become attached to the custom.
(4) During the Cold War, Pius XII had the rather clever idea (1955) of making the Workers' Day, May 1, the Feast of S Joseph the Worker.
(5) For a variety of reasons, it never caught on and is now, in the OF, merely an optional memoria. (In the EF it is still in situ)

(6) But S Joseph the Guardian had been abolished in order to make space for this new substantial Josephine celebration within Eastertide. His title of Guardian of the Universal Church had been amalgamated with his March 19 festival.
(7) But the old Mass texts of S Joseph the Guardian survived and survive still as the Votive of S Joseph in the Weekday Votives of the pre-Conciliar Missal.
(8) S Joseph's Guardianship of the Universal Church is a theme just waiting for revival.
(9) Episcopal Conferences have the faculty (in the OF) of moving S Joseph out of Lent.

Make what you will of all that. I will just say that this morning I (legitimately) said that Votive Mass, originally the Mass of S Joseph the Guardian of the Universal Church. I could not, however, see how it could be legitimate to say the Divine Office of the old Feast. A shame, because it is very beautiful and has a lot of suggestive  and relevant typology in it.

I think Ecclesia Dei should relegate S Joseph the Workman to Pro aliquibus locis (or among the Votives) and restore SS Pip and Jim to May 1. And resurrect the Guardianship of S Joseph.

Quite apart from anything else, it would be nice again to see the churches and the Sacred Ministers garbed in deepest red on Mayday.
 
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Who composed Pius XII's 1955 feast of St. Joseph the Worker?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2021, 07:54:26 PM »
Who composed Pius XII's 1955 feast of St. Joseph the Worker? Bugnini?

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Re: Who composed Pius XII's 1955 feast of St. Joseph the Worker?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 02:53:12 PM »
Who composed Pius XII's 1955 feast of St. Joseph the Worker? Bugnini?

Most of the propers are taken from the Bea Psalter. +Bugnini CM usually kept to secretarial and research matters at that point with the example of the 'restored' Holy Week where he composed indices
of sources and journal articles and presumably literature searches. Yves Chiron suggested he confined himself to learning his role at that point, that he kept back from more ambitious actions. The compositions were mainly the work of Curial Jesuits.
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Re: Who composed Pius XII's 1955 feast of St. Joseph the Worker?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 07:06:51 PM »
The compositions were mainly the work of Curial Jesuits.
Who exactly? Did they compose the hymns, too?

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Re: Who composed Pius XII's 1955 feast of St. Joseph the Worker?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 09:12:49 PM »
The compositions were mainly the work of Curial Jesuits.
Who exactly? Did they compose the hymns, too?

I thought it was Commissio Piana headed by Cardinal Micara, one of whose members, Fr Augustin Bea SJ provided the proper texts. Their biggest work was the reformed Holy Week, which like the rubrics and other work was only secretarially supported by Mgsr Bugnini. The Sacred Congregation of Rites was deeply unhappy at how the ancient feast of SS Philip and James was moved, so given the Bean Psaltery for the propers, the Commissio Piana likely put it together. A hymn for new Feast can be Te Joseph, cÚlebrent, which is an eighteenth century composition, the work of one Fr. Juan Escollar.
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