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(RNS) St. Joseph will now get equal billing with the Virgin Mary during the prayers Catholic priests say as they bless the wine and bread used at Communion.


  1. Correction to the phrase: “…priests use a variety of authorized prayers when they are blessing the Eucharist, or the bread and wine used at Communion”

    During the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, validly ordained Catholic Priests not only bless the bread and wine but confect the consecration of these into the real presence of Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior. The Holy Eucharist is not simply blessed bread and wine (the works of human hands) but via the miracle of transubstantiation is Our Lord truly present hiding under the appearance of bread and wine.
    Vivat Jesu!