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St. Joseph

To be convinced how much the intercession of St. Joseph prevails with Jesus Christ, we have only to consider these words of Evangelist: "And he was subject to them." The Son of God employed thirty years assiduously obeying Joseph and Mary! It was sufficient for Joseph, by the least word or sign, to show that he wished Him to do anything Jesus immediately obeyed. This humble obedience of Jesus teaches us that the dignity of Joseph is above that of all other Saints, except that of the Queen of Saints. Let us hear what St. Teresa says of the confidence which should place in the protection of St. Joseph: "To the other Saints," she says, "it appears that the Lord may have granted power to succor us on particular occasions; but to this Saint, as experience proves, He has granted power to help us on all occasions. Our Lord world teach us that, as He is nwo pleased to grant whatever Saint asks for in heaven. Others who I have recommended to have recourse to Joseph, have known this form experience. I never knew any one who was particularly devout to him, that did not continually advance more and more in virtue. For the love of God, let him who believes not this make his own trial. And I do not know how any one can think of the Queen of th Angels, at the time when she labored so much in the infancy and childhood of Jesus, and not return thanks to Joseph for the assistance which he rendered both to the Mother and to the Son." We should be particularly devout to Saint Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. .

White   1st Class
Introit
Ps. 91:13,14,2
Justus ut palma florebit sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur: plantatus in domo Domini: in atriis domus Dei nostri. (Psalm) Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime. Gloria Patri. Justus ut palma florebit...   The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus. They that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.(Psalm) It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O most High. Glory be to the Father. The just shall....
collect(s)
Sanctissima Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur, ut, quod possibilitas nostra non obtinet ejus nobis intercessione donetur: Qui vivis et regnas. We beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of the Spouse of Thy most holy Mother; so that what we cannot obtain of ourselves, may be given to us through his intercession: Who livest and reignest.
Commemoration of Monday of the 4th Week in Lent

Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotesn Deus: ut, observationes sacreas annua devotione recolentes, et corpore tibi placeamus, et mente. Per Dominum nostrum.

We beseech Thee, O almighty God, grant that as year by year we devoutly keep these sacred fasts, we may please Thee both in body and mind. Through our Lord.
epistle
Ezech. 45:1-6
Deilectus Deo et hominibus, cujus memoria in benedictione est. Similem illum fecit in gloria sanctorum, et magnificavit eum in timore inimicorum, et in verbis suis monstra placavit. Gloricavit illum in conspectu regum, et jussit illi coram populo suo, et ostendit illi gloriam suam. In fide et lenitate ipsius, sanctum fecit illum, et elegit eum ex onmi carne. Audivit enim eum, et vocem ipsius, et induxit illum in nubem. Et dedit illi coram praecepta et legem vitae et disciplinae.   Beloved of God and men, whose memory in benediction. He made him like the Saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he mad prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and showed him His glory. He sanctified him in his faith and meekness, and chose him our of all flesh. For He heard him and his voice, and brought him into a cloud. And He gave him commandment before His face, and a law of lift and instruction.
Gradual
Ps. 20:4-5
Domine, praevenisti eum in benedictionibus dulcedinis: posuisti in capite ejus coronam de lapide pretioso. Vitampetiit a te, et tribuisti ei longitudinem dierum in saeculum saeculi.   Lord, Thou hast prevented him with blessing of sweetness: Thou hast ser on his head a crown of precious stones. He asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given him length of days for ever and ever.
tract
Ps. 111:1-3
Beeatus vir, qui temet Dominum: in mandatis eius volet nimis. Potens in terra erit semen ejus: generatio rectorum benedicetur. Gloria et divitiae in domo ejus: et iustitia eius manet in saeculum saeculi.   Blessed is the ,am that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed. Glory and wealth shall be in his house and his justice remaineth for ever and ever.
gospel
Mt. 1:18-21
Cum esset desponsata mater Jesu Maria Joseph, antequam convenirent, inventa est in utero haven de Spiritu Sancto. Joseph autem vir ejus, cum esset justus, et nollet eam traducere, voluit occulte dimittere eam. Haec autem eo cogitante, ecce Angelus Domini apparuit in somnis ei dicens: Joseph, fili David, noli  timere accipere Mariam conjugem tuam: quod enim in ea natum est, de Spiritu Sancto est. PPariet autem filium et vocabis nomen ejus Jesum: ipse enim salvum faciet populum suum a pecatis eorum. When Mary the mother of JEsus was espoused to Joesph, before they cam together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man and not wiilling pubicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while eh thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear no to take which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.
offertory
Ps. 20:2-3
Veritas mea, et misericordia mea cum ipso: et in nomine meo exaltabitur cornu ejus.   My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Secret(s)
Debitum tibi, Domine, nostrae reddimus servitutis suppliciter exorantes: ut suffragiis beati Joseph, Sponsi Genitricis Filii tui Jesu Christi Domini nostri, in nobis tua munera tuearis, ob cujus venerandam festivitatem laudis tibi hostias immolamus. Per eumdem Dominum nostrum. We render unto Thee, O Lord, the duty of our service humbly entreating The to preserve Thine own gifts within us through the prayers of blessed Joseph, Spouse of the Mother of Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, on which festival we offer to Thee this sacrifice of praise Through our Lord.
Commemoration of Monday of the 4th Week in Lent
Oblatum tibi, Domine sacrificum vivificet nost semper, et muniat. Per Dominum nostrum. May the Sacrifice we offer up to Thee, O Lord, be ever our life and our protection. Through our Lord.
Preface
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 festivitate beati Joseph debitis magnificar praeconiis, benedicer et praedicare, Quiet vir justus, a te Deiparae Virgini sponsus est datus; et fidelis sevus ac prudens  super familiam tuam est constitutus: ut Unigenitum tuum, Sancti Spiritus obumbratione coneptum, paterna vice custodirect Jesum Christum, Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem tuam laudant Angli adoant Dominationes tremut Potestates. Coeli coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim, socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostra voces ut admitti jubeas deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes:   It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: and that we should with due praise magnify, bless, and poclaim Thee on the Feast of blessed Joseph, who being a jsut man was given by Thee as 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, Christ our Lord. Through Whom Angels praise Thy Majesty, Dominations worship, Powers stand in awe: the Heavens and the hosts of heaven with blessed Seraphim unite, exult, and celebrate; and we entreat that Thou wouldst bid our voices also to be heard with theirs, singing with lowly praise.
communion
Mt. 1:20
Joseph, fili David, noli timere accipere Mariam conjugem tuam: quod enim in ea natum est, de Spiritu Sancto est.   Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is born in her is of her is the Holy Ghost.
postcommunion(s)
Adesto nobis, quaesumus, misericors Deus: et, intercedente pro nobis neato Joseph Confessore, tua circa nos propitiatus dona custodi. Per Dominum nostrum.   Stand by us, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, and by the intercession of blessed Joseph the Confessor, mercifully preserve Thy gifts within us. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of Monday of the 4th Week in Lent
Sumptis, Domine, salutaribus sacramentis: ad redemptionis aeternae quaesumus proficiamus augmentum. Per Dominum nostrum.   We have received the Sacraments of salvation, O Lord, and beg that and increase of eternal redemption for us may be their fruit. Through our Lord.
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