Feast of St. Joseph


Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph’s intercession your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care. 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.


“Next to our Blessed Lady, St. Paul of the Cross frequently recalled Saint Joseph and held him up for the veneration of his religious as “the great master in our dealings with God and holy prayer.” To him he dedicated the novitiate retreat “begging him to be the protector of those devout youths and their master in the inner ways of the spirit.” All the needs of the Passionist Congregation, as in the controversy with the mendicants, were repeatedly entrusted “to the most powerful protection” of St. Joseph.  [History of the Passionist, Fr. Fabiano Giorgini, C.P.,Volume 1, p. 327]

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