“St Joseph is in heavenly glory, and we on earth pursue the light of faith, still on our way to a heavenly goal, looking to Joseph in heaven and reminding ourselves that we have a vital fellowship with the one name in the human race chosen by God to be the husband of Mary and to have fatherly authority over Jesus. Our devotion is with a person who worked in closeness with the Redeemer of mankind for the greater part of his life, cooperating with the Redeemer in the beginning stages of the Church as it existed at Bethlehem and at Nazareth.” Father Francis L. Filas S. J.
O St Joseph, foster father of Jesus, I bless the Lord for your intimate communication with him during his infancy and youth at Bethlehem, in Egypt and at Nazareth. You loved him with a father’s love and he loved you with the love of a son. Your faith made you adore in him the Incarnate Son of God, while he obeyed you, served you and listened to you. You held pleasant conversations with him, shared work, great sufferings and most tender consolations. Obtain for us the grace never to offend Jesus by sin. Pray for us that we may always be united to Jesus at Holy Mass and when possible to pray to him in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, to confess our sins well and attain to an intimacy with and a tender and strong love for Jesus while on earth, and possess him forever in heaven. Amen.