Saint of the Day ~ May 1

SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER (? B.C.-c.25 A.D.) – Patron saint of the universal Church, fathers, all the dying, carpenters and social justice

Saint Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19 – Saint Joseph, the Husband of Mary; the second is May 1 – Saint Joseph, the Worker. Today, the universal Church honors him under this title.

Pope St. John Paul II had once said, “Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but, above all, because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God.”

There is very little information about Saint Joseph in Sacred Scripture. Still, we know that he was the chaste husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus, his trade was that of a carpenter, and he was not a rich man. We also know that he came from the royal lineage of King David.

The actions of Saint Joseph in Scripture show that he was a compassionate man and obedient to the will of God. He also loved Mary and Jesus and wanted to protect and provide for them.

Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus’ public life, at his Death, or Resurrection, many historians believe that he probably had died before Jesus entered His public ministry.

Venerable Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in 1955, and we commemorate it yearly on May 1st.

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(The following prayer is from the Collect of the Roman Missal from the Proper for Saint Joseph the Worker)

“O God, Creator of all things, who laid down for the human race the law of work, graciously grant that, by the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage, we may complete the works You set us to do and attain the rewards You promise.

“Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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