Monday, 1 May 2017

Joseph the Worker

On the 1st of May the Church celebrates Joseph the Worker. Joseph married Mary as a young man, even though he is often shown as an old man in paintings. He was a industrious worker and the nurturer and protector of the holy family.

 Prayer to Saint Joseph

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labour, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honour to employ and develop by means of labour the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death. Amen.

(Composed by Pope St. Pius X)

Saint Joseph, pray for us!

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