The Solemnity of St. Joseph,

Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and Patron of the Universal Church


Double of the 1st Class with a Common Octave

     The Feast of St. Joseph falls in Lent (March 19th). The Church celebrates it therefore more solemnly after Easter.

INTROIT Ps. 32. 20, 21

Adjutor, et protector noster est Dominus: ideo laetabitur cor nostrum, et in nomine sancto ejus speravimus, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. -- Qui regis Israel, intende: qui deducis, velut ovem, Joseph. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Adjutor, et protector noster est Dominus . . . The Lord is our helper and protector: in Him our heart shall rejoice, and in His holy Name we have trusted, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. -- (Ps. 79. 1). Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- The Lord is our helper and protector . . .


COLLECT.--O God, who in Thine unspeakable Providence wast pleased to choose blessed Joseph for the Spouse of Thy Most Holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom we honor as our protector upon earth. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .


EPISTLE Genesis 49. 22-26
Lesson from the Book of Genesis.

[Jacob's prophetic blessing of his son Joseph, who in the Old Testament is a type of St. Joseph.]

Joseph was a growing son, a growing son, and comely to behold: the daughters run to and fro upon the wall. But they that held darts provoked him, and quarreled with him and envied him. His bow rested upon the strong, and the bands of his arms and his hands were loosed, by the hands of the mighty one of Jacob: thence he came forth a pastor, the stone of Israel. The God of thy father shall be thy helper, and the Almighty shall bless thee with the blessings of heaven above, with the blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings of his father: until the desire of the everlasting hills shall come; may they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the Nazarite among his brethren.



Alleluia, alleluia. V.: De quacumque tribulatione clamaverint ad me exaudiam eos, et ero protector eorum semper. Alleluia. V.: Fac nos innocuam, Joseph, decurrere vitam: sitque tuo semper tuta patrocinio. Alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. V.: In whatever tribulation they shall cry to me, I will hear them, and be their protector always. Alleluia. V.: Obtain for us, Joseph, grace to lead an innocent life: and may our life ever be shielded by thy patronage.1 Alleluia.


GOSPEL Luke 3. 21-23
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

[The just Joseph of the royal race of David was the foster-father of the Son of God.]

At that time: It came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also being baptized and praying, heaven was opened: and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape as a dove upon Him: and a voice came from heaven: Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased. And Jesus Himself was beginning about the age of thirty years: being (as it was supposed) the Son of Joseph.

The Credo is said or sung.


OFFERTORY Ps. 147. 12, 13

Lauda Jerusalem Dominum: quoniam confortavit seras portarum tuarum: benedixit filiis tuis in te. Alleluia, alleluia. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, because He hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates: He hath blessed thy children within thee. Alleluia, alleluia.


SECRET.--Supported by the patronage of thy Spouse of Thy Most Holy Mother, we beseech Thy clemency, O Lord, that Thou wouldst make our hearts to despise all earthy things and to love Thee, the true God, with perfect charity: who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .2


Preface of St. Joseph

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: Et te in Solemnitate beati Joseph debitis magnificare praeconiis, benedicere et praedicare. Qui et vir justus, a te Deiparae Virgini Sponsus est datus: et fidelis servus ac prudens, super Familiam tuam est constitutus: ut Unigenitum tuum, Sancti Spiritus obumbratione conceptum, paterna vice custodiret, Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestas. Coeli, coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim, socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti jubeas, deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes: It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should magnify with due praises, bless and proclaim Thee on the Solemnity of blessed Joseph; who, being a just amn, was given by Thee as a Spouse to the Virgin Mother of God, and, as a faithful and prudent servant was set over Thy Family, that, with fatherly care, he might guard Thine only-begotten Son, conceived by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, even Jesus Christ, our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say with lowly praise:


COMMUNION Matth. 1. 16

Jacob autem genuit Joseph virum Mariae, de qua natus est Jesus, qui vocatur Christus, alleluia, alleluia. But Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ, alleluia, alleluia.


POSTCOMMUNION.--We who are refreshed at the fountain of divine blessing, beseech Thee, O Lord our God: that as Thou makest us to rejoice in the protection of blessed Joseph so, by his merits and intercession, Thou wouldst make us to be sharers of heavenly glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .


1 Indulgence of 300 days. -- Plenary, under the usual conditions, if this invocation is daily recited during a month. -- P.P.O. n. 421
2 Indulgence of 3 years. -- Plenary, under the usual conditions, if this invocation is daily recited during a month. -- P.P.O. n. 441