May we, after having honored, imitated, and served thee on earth, eternally sing with thee the mercies of Jesus and Mary.
Stay in Touch! Subscribe to Insights. Stay on top of the latest Catholic news and analysis from CatholicCulture. All rights reserved. His feast was kept by the Church of Alexandria as early as the beginning of the fourth century. It is certain that a feast in honor of St. Joseph was kept in the Byzantine church as early as the eighth and ninth. In the West, the name of the foster-father of Our Lord "Nutritor Domini" appears in local martryrologies of the ninth and tenth centuries, and we find in , for the first time, a church dedicated to his honor at Bologna.
The devotion, then merely private, as it seems, gained a great impetus owing to the influence and zeal of such saintly persons as St.
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Bernard, St. Thomas, St. Gertrude d. Bridget of Sweden d. Only under the pontificate of Sixtus IV , was St.
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Joseph's feast entered into the Roman Calendar 19 March. From that time, the devotion acquired greater and greater popularity, the dignity of the feast keeping pace with his steady growth. This one feast in the liturgical year was not enough for many Christians of the world, and so other local feasts were permitted. It is interesting to note that the reformed Order of Carmelites into which St. Teresa had infused her great devotion to the foster-father of Jesus, chose him, in , for their patron, and in , were allowed to celebrate the feast of his Patronage on the third Sunday after Easter.
This feast, soon adopted throughout the Spanish Kingdom, was later on extended to all states and dioceses which asked for the privilege. No devotion, perhaps, has grown so universal, none seems to have appealed so forcibly to the heart of the Christian people, and particularly of the laboring classes, during the nineteenth century, as that of St. This wonderful and unprecedented increase of popularity called for a new luster to be added to the cult of the saint.
Accordingly, one of the first acts of the pontificate of Pius IX, himself singularly devoted to St. Joseph, was to extend to the whole Church the Feast of the Patronage , and in December, , according to the wishes of the bishops and of all the faithful, he solemnly declared the Holy Patriarch Joseph, Patron of the Catholic Church, and enjoined that his feast 19 March should henceforth be celebrated as a major feast of the liturgical year. Successive popes, following the footsteps of their predecessor, showed an equal desire to add their own jewel to the crown of St.
Pope Leo XIII, by his encyclical Quamquam Pluries, had the purpose of promoting the practice of imploring divine help by means of prayer, joining to the intercession of Mary that of St. Joseph, that God might be more willing to grant our petitions and that he might aid his Church more promptly and generously.
Joseph ordering that it be added to the recitation of the rosary every year in perpetuity, during the month of October. To this prayer he attached an indulgence, which is fittingly preserved in the Raccolta. He also recommends dedicating to the holy Patriarch the month of March, with daily exercises of piety in his honor, and to observe at least a triduum of prayers preceding the Feast of St. It was Pope St. Pius X who approved, in , a Litany in honor of him whose name he had received in baptism Joseph Sarto. Our Lord would have us understand that as He was subject to St. Joseph on earth-for St.
Joseph, bearing the title of father and being His guardian, could command Him-so now in Heaven Our Lord grants all his petitions. I have asked others to recommend themselves to St. Joseph, and they, too, know the same thing by experience. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him.
It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have always received it.
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If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good. TO thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
Defend, O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.
O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.
Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death. Pius X. Lord, have mercy on us.
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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. Saint Joseph, pray for us. Illustrious son of David, etc. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us. He made him the lord of His household, R.
And prince over all His possessions.
O God, Who in Thine ineffable providence didst choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most Holy Mother, grant that as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in Heaven, Thou Who livest and reignest forever and ever. Statues St. We want our articles to be accessible to everyone, free of charge, but we need your help. To continue our efforts to nourish and inspire our Catholic family, your support is invaluable.
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