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Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Prayer for the Morning

 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to proclaim your love in the morning.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

Hymn

 

Joseph, be our guide and pattern,

Faithful to your sacred trust,

Strong protector of the Virgin

And the infant Jesus Christ.

Joseph, firm and faithful, guide us,

Joseph, walk the way with us.

 

Faithful to the guiding vision,

List’ning to the angel’s word;

Shielding Mary from all slander,

Guarding Christ, both Son and Lord.

Joseph, true and trusting, guide us,

Joseph, walk the way with us.

 

Psalm 92:2-7, 13-16

 

All depends on faith, so that it may be a gift. (cf. Rom 4:16)

Like a tree planted near running water, Saint Joseph drew vigor and courage from his trust in God to enable him to care for the Mother and Child entrusted to his love.

 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to make music to your name, O Most High,

to proclaim your love in the morning

and your truth in the watches of the night,

on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute,

with the murmuring sound of the harp.

 

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad;

for the work of your hands I shout with joy.

O Lord, how great are your works!

How deep are your designs!

The foolish man cannot know this

and the fool cannot understand.

 

The just will flourish like the palm-tree

and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord

they will flourish in the courts of our God,

still bearing fruit when they are old,

still full of sap, still green,

to proclaim that the Lord is just.

In him, my rock, there is no wrong.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,/ whose hope is the Lord./ He is like a tree planted beside the waters/ that stretches out its roots to the stream:/ It fears not the heat when it comes,/ its leaves stay green;/ In the year of drought it shows no distress,/ but still bears fruit.

By faith, he was counted justified.

 

Canticle of Zechariah

 

He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist. (Rom 4:17)

 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,

born of the house of his servant David.

 

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us.

 

He promised to show mercy to our fathers

and to remember his holy covenant.

 

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

 

You, my child, shall be called the prophet

of the Most High;

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

 

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness

and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

Glory to the Father…

 

Intercessions

 

You alone, O Lord, can make us just. We humbly pray:

 

R/By your justice, give us life!

 

You called Saint Joseph to walk faithfully in your presence;

– grant us the grace to follow his example and to become holy as you are holy. R/

 

You chose Saint Joseph, a just man, to be the foster father of your Son;

– grant us the grace to serve our brothers and sisters who are the Body of Christ. R/

 

You entrusted the earth to your servants to make it ­habitable;

– make our work serve the coming of your Kingdom. R/

 

Personal intentions

 

Our Father….

 

Almighty God, who called Saint Joseph to a life of quiet trust and faithful labor, grant us the grace to imitate Christ’s foster father, that we may be pillars of patience and integrity in our homes and places of work, 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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