I wrote this five years ago, and it’s just as relevant today.
Let us praise Christ the Lord as we celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and said: Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; she will give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus.
When he awoke Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had directed him, and took Mary as his wife.
Joseph left Nazareth and set out for the town of David called Bethlehem to register with Mary.
The shepherds went in haste and found Joseph and Mary, and the infant lying in the manger.
Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, marveled at what was said of their child, and Simeon blessed them.
Joseph rose in the night and took the child and his mother into Egypt. There they stayed until the death of Herod.
Joseph lived in the town of Nazareth to fulfill what the prophets had foretold of Christ: He will be called a Nazarean.
Daytime and Evening Prayer have the following additional antiphons.
The parents of Jesus went each year to Jerusalem for the solemn feast of Passover.
As they were returning home, the child Jesus remained behind without his parents’ knowledge.
When they could not find Jesus, his parents returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
His parents found Jesus in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors, listening to them and asking them questions.
The mother of Jesus said to him: Son, why have you done this to us? See how your father and I have been anxiously searching for you?
Jesus returned with Mary and Joseph to Nazareth; there he lived and was obedient to them.
When Jesus began his ministry, he was about thirty years old, and was thought to be the son of Joseph.
[The icon displayed with this post is painted by Edward Hays.]