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Solemnity of Saint Joseph
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Confessor and Patron of the Universal Church
I Classis

[Latin Text]

Introitus: Ps. xxxii: 20-21

The Lord is our helper and protector : in Him our Heart shall rejoice, and in His holy name we have trusted, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps. lxxix: 2] Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel : Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Glory be. In the midst.


O God, Who in Thine unspeakable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph for Thy most holy Mother's Spouse : grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we who revere him as our protector upon earth, may become worthy to have him for our intercessor in Heaven. Who livest and reignest

Gen. il: 22-26

Lesson from the Book of Genesis.
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 the thy father are strengthened until the blessings of his fathers: 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.] 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. Alleluia.

Luc. iii: 21-23
The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke.

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.

Credo per totam Octavam.

Offertorium: Ps. cxlvii: 12 et 13.

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, because He hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates: He hath blessed thy children within thee, alleluia, alleluia.


Supported by the patronage of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, we beseech Thy clemency, O Lord : that Thou wouldst make our hearts despise all earthly things, and love Thee, the true God with perfect charity : Who livest.

Preface of Saint Joseph “Et te in Festivitáte,”
which is said for the entire Octave, according to the rubrics.

Communio: Matt. i: 16

Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, Who is called Christ, alleluia, alleluia.


We who have been refreshed at the fountain of divine blessing, beseech Thee, O Lord our God : that as Thou dost gladden us by the protection of blessed Joseph, so by his merits and intercession Thou wouldst make us partakers of everlasting glory.


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