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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Prayer for St. Joseph

In 1955 Pope Pius XII instituted the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker to be celebrated on May 1st.

In Joseph days there was much work that needed to be done. This work would often take him away from his infant son Jesus. When he arrived back at home Joseph would spend the night in adoration of Jesus. He never seemed to tire and was always happy for a chance to spend time and learn the hidden riches his son had to teach him.

Joseph, patron saint of workers,Blending skill with 
Silent carpenter, we praise you!
Joining work with honesty,
You taught Christ with joy to labor
Sharing his nobility.
Joseph, close to Christ and Mary,
Lived with them in poverty,
Shared with them their home and labor, 
Worked with noble dignity.
May we seek God’s will as you did,
Leader of his family!
Joseph, workmen’s inspiration,
Man of faith and charity,
Make us honest, humble, faithful,
Strong with Christ’s true liberty,
Make our labor and our leisure
Fruitful to eternity!
~Bernard C. Mischke, O.S.C.

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