St. Joseph The Worker
Posted by james0235 on May 1, 2008
In those dioceses not celebrating the Feast of the Ascension today is the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. We already honor St. Joseph each year on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19th (moved to March 15th this year).
This feast was instituted in 1955 by Pope Pius XII and is celebrated on May 1, since this is the day labor is honored in many countries. In the Gospel Jesus was called “the son of the carpenter.” This feast reminds us that honest work, no matter how seemingly menial, can be sanctified. Through work we can sanctify ourselves and others, making each of us participants in the work of redemption.
(Our Sunday Visitor/Midwest Theological Forum Daily Roman Missal)
God, our Father,
Creator and ruler of the universe,
in every age You call man
to develop and use his gifts for the good of others.
With Saint Joseph as our example and guide,
help us to do the work you have asked
and come to the rewards you have promised.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer 1970 Roman Missal)