Saturday, March 15, 2008

Celebrating the Solemnity of St. Joseph

Because Lent and Easter are so early this year, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, which is normally on March 19th, is celebrated today, so as not to interfere with the observance of Holy Week.

The intercession of St. Joseph for our family has been an enormous blessing.

I believe he has prayed for us through Atticus's conversion, through miscarriages, through doubts and fears about more miscarriages (which can lead to fears of being open to life) and for the spiritual growth of our domestic church.

My beloved St. Joseph is the model husband and father ... giving of himself completely, pouring himself out in body and spirit, offering a total self-donation for his wife and foster-son. May he hear our prayers and cries for intercession, and may he intercede before the throne of God for our family, for all fathers, and for all who call on him with love and faith in the Savior whom he raised.

One of my favorite prayers for the intercession of St. Joseph:

Oh, Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great,
so strong, so prompt, before the Throne of God,
I place before you, all my interest and desires.

Oh, Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful
intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son,
all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So having engaged here below your heavenly power,
I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most
loving of Fathers.

Oh, Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you,
and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach
while he reposes near your heart. Press Him in my
name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him
to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for us.

For more ideas and information, visit Women for Faith and Family.

(The above image is Georges de La Tour's "Christ in the Carpenter's Shop", 1645)


KC said...

That prayer is one of my favorites as well.

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