Year of St Joseph
As you will be aware, with the Apostolic Letter: “Patris corde” “With a Father’s Heart”, Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron Saint of the Universal Church.
To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8th December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
As the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus, St Joseph was entrusted by God with the mission (vocation) of being a teacher, protector, and providing for the Holy Family.
Jesus would have experienced many things with St Joseph. Together they would have undertaken many family works, just like we see in any other human family. How great it is to see a father working with his children.
In the scripture we can read how St Joseph protected Mary and Jesus. By first receiving Mary into his family through an unusual situation and caring for all her needs.
We see St Joseph humbly listening to God’s message to flee with the Holy Family down into Egypt, and then return to build a new family home at Nazareth.
Again, like all parents it was St Joseph’s role to provide food and shelter for the Holy Family. I think most parents have a lot in common with St Joseph as well as a ready friend.
In your family you could start saying a family prayer to St Joseph perhaps at dinner or breakfast time when everyone is gathered together.
A Family Prayer to St Joseph
O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, we place in you all our family interests and needs.
O Saint Joseph, do assist us by your powerful intercession and obtain for us, from your divine Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord, every blessing, so that, having experienced here below your heavenly power, we may offer our thanksgiving and homage to you the most loving of fathers. Confident therefore in your goodness, we come before you. Do not turn down our petitions, foster father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.
Father Andrew Matthew, St Benedict’s Parish