Friday, March 14, 2008

St Joseph's Feast Day-Friday 14th March

Corpus Christi Procession at Llantarnam Abbey, 2007
Below Statue of St Joseph and infant Christ outside Llantarnam Abbey, Monmouthshire/Gwent

Today is the Feast Day of St Joseph.He had the special visions from the angel about Mary. It seems he may have been an older widower with children with a strong protective and caring nature. By becoming betrothed to Mary, he saved her from being stoned to death, becing told by the Archangel Gabriel that Mary was carrying the son of God.Mary, a consecrated Virgin, was cared for by him , and indeed his care and protection were fundamental to her safety.Various accounts had him as a carpenter , but today we would probably say joiner or cabinet maker and some scriptures have him working alongside Jesus in the shop.

The second image above is St Joseph with the child Jesus to be found in the front of Llantarnam Abbey in Gwent, between Newport and Cwmbran This Abbey, once Cistercian, belongs to the Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy, and their work in hospice and care homes is a great blessing to thepeople of Monmouthshire. They have various priories around Newport, St Anne's in Malpas, another in Chepstow Road and in Newport. So we wish them a happy Feast Day and also name day of the Faounder St Joseph of Annecy.

From the Eastern Rite Prayer

Verily, Joseph the betrothed, saw clearly in his old age that the prophecies of the Prophets had been fulfilled openly; for he was given strange task,
receiving inspiration from the angels, who cried, Glory to God; for he hath bestowed peace on earth

Litany of St Joseph.

A Litany is a communal prayer with a pattern to give praise to something or someone.There is a Litany of the Saints, Litany for Mary, a Litany for the Holy Name etc.

Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison
Christ, have mercy. Christe eleison
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Renowned offspring of David, pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Care father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most strong, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of artisans, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the wretched, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. He made him the lord of his household.
R. And prince over all his possessions.

Let us pray. O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever. R. Amen.

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