Thursday, March 1, 2012

March is St. Joseph's Month

St. Joseph's Zeppola (getting harder to find every year)
For centuries, the Church has devoted the month of March to St. Joseph, the foster father of Christ, whose feast is celebrated on March 19.   Many saints and popes have recommended this devotion, including St. Teresa of Avila, who wrote of St. Joseph:

“Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this glorious Saint [St. Joseph], for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have always received it."

Here is a short intecessory prayer to St. Joseph:

 O Joseph, virgin-father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray every day for us to the same Jesus, the Son of God, that we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving dutifully in life, may be crowned by Him at the hour of death.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

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