1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker – in this, the beautiful Month of Mary…

And to mark the beginning of the Month of Mary – a beautiful rendering of “Ave Maria”…

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This is a two-fold celebration.  So feel free to post your favourite prayers and hymns to both Our Lady at the beginning of her special Month of Mary, and St Joseph on his Feast under his title of “The Worker”  – as well as any edifying stories you’ve heard / read, or experiences/miracles of your own which you attribute to Our Lady and/or St Joseph’s intercession.  If you have any special intentions that you wish bloggers to remember in prayer during Our Lady’s month, or on this great Feast of St Joseph, feel free to let us know. We give great glory to God when we pay tribute to His saints, and especially His Mother and St Joseph.

Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker, and a lovely Month of Mary to one and all!  

30 responses

  1. Wishing all of you a Happy Feast of St. Joseph and (in advance) to Bishop Schneider and Athanasius a Happy Patronal Feast Day.

    May 2, the Feast of St. Athanasius, is also the anniversary of my First Holy Communion over 40 years ago. Most people celebrate their wedding anniversary; I celebrate my Baptism & Chrismation in June (the same day Pope Paul VI issued the Credo of the People of God) and my First Holy Communion.

    A blessed Paschal Season to all!

  2. Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker to everyone at CT!

    I love the two video-hymns in the introduction.

    Here’s one of my own favourite May hymns. It’s American so slightly different words from we sing here, but it’s still beautiful.

  3. Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker, everyone!

    Could I ask bloggers to pray for a young relative of mine who is lapsed and has become very worldly, despite a good Catholic upbringing (Latin Mass, family rosary, the works). She’s at a crossroads in her career so maybe a prayer to St Joseph the Worker would take her in a direction that could lead her back to the faith.

    • Fidelis,

      I have a similar issue in my own family so I will pray for your intention as I hope you will pray for mine. It’s very sad to see young people leaving the faith after a good upbringing. The devil is working very hard today and seems to be winning, although we know he won’t in the end, but it’s the fear that he will win with particular souls that is the worry.

  4. I like us all probably on here love May you can actually feel the touch of Our Lady . Just a big bit of Downer here . My Brother had Cancer Approximately 5 years ago . His treatment and Operation were a big success. I had no cares at all about him at the time as I knew something very Spiritual which Some would call coincidental happened but what I most definitely saw the Hand of God at Work . I am a great believer that God won’t pull you out of the Mire of the Pig Pen in order to throw you back in again but I am most certainly worried and concerned about him this time . I know he is a Man of great Faith and one of the really good Guys on this Earth today . I can never remember him do one wrong doing in his life unlike me where the Boys in Blue were at my Mums door for me a few Times.
    As on a Lighter Note of the Hymns above especially Bring Flowers 🌺 of The Rarest. A Priest friend of mine and myself were talking of the Hymn and I said to him ” Jim they’ve changed the words at the End of Bring Flowers of The Rarest from –And all the World is Gay –to –And Half The World is Gay ” . He actually thought I was telling the Truth. NOW ?

    • Faith of our Fathers,

      You made me laugh about the boys in blue being at your mum’s door a few times for you, LOL!

      I’ll pray for your brother, whatever the problem is this time, I presume a lapse back into bad health.

      The words “And all the world is gay” is actually in another May hymn – which begins “The Sun is Shining Brightly” – the Bring Flowers of the Rarest” begins with those words.

      I did laugh at “half the world is gay” imagining that priest thinking you meant it! LOL!

      Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker to all at CT.

      • Actually I caught him on the Hop really with a stern face and all that . Al not say his name as God Rest Him he died with Cancer he was a terrific Priest and a great Man and he would probably be known by a few on here. Actually the Day before he Died he Said Mass . He was a Missionary Priest who done some amount of hard work. And am talking probably at least 15 years ago here when Muslims burst in whilst He was saying Mass in Africa and started to Machete his congregation the only reason at that time they didn’t kill him was it would have been reported in the rest of The World. As far as the MSM was concerned nothing was said it seems things never change.
        Thanks for the Prayers for my Brother as it’s very serious. Al also need to brush up on the May Hymns .
        As the Salvation Army Trumpet Player said to one of the Men listening in the crowd ” What Hymn would you like now ” back came the retort ” Him with the Big Drum ” . Sorry Ed a couldn’t resist it need a wee laugh now and again.

        • FOOF,

          That’s one of my favourite Salvation Army jokes, so no need to apologise! Except, you’ve obviously become very modern in your morality – when I first heard the story the listener in the crowd was a young woman who, when asked which hymn she would like, replied: “Him with the big drum!”

  5. Just a wee bit on a Lighter Note going back to Yesterday. I take it that Herr Sturgeon wouldn’t like the start of above Hymn. —The Sun Is Shining Brightly 🌞

    • Faith of our Fathers,

      You’re mixing up the two hymns. Bring flowers… doesn’t begin with the Sun is Shining Brightly. I will go and see if I can find the one you are thinking of on Google. Don’t say I’m not good to you LOL!

    • Faith of our Fathers,

      I found it straight away on Google, but here’s the laugh – it’s produced by Catholic Truth!

  6. I know this video of the miraculous staircase has been posted on St Joseph threads before but it keeps coming into my mind today so I decided to post it here. I wish everyone a very happy and holy Feast of St Joseph the Worker, and a lovely Month of Mary.

    • Josephine,

      Thank you for posting that – we do feature it regularly on this blog, but always welcome especially on feasts of St Joseph. And here is an example of his workmanship! Brilliant.

  7. Greetings to all bloggers on this lovely St Joseph feast. He’s a most powerful saint and I am always impressed with St Teresa of Avila’s devotion to him. I copied this from a Carmel website:

    “Devotion to St. Joseph was a hallmark of St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa attributed her miraculous cure to Saint Joseph. When she was living in the Incarnation Convent in Avila, she was struck with an ailment that left her half-dead. She was paralyzed and was presumed dead at one point. She prayed and prayed to Joseph and her prayers were answered. Her paralysis was cured and she was able to walk again even though her health had always been fragile after that.

    Saint Joseph is an example of a life so hidden and yet so pleasing to God. Scriptures did not record for us a word he uttered. But what the Gospels show is that Joseph was a doer of God’s Will. He was always on the go, always on the move to do God’s bidding- waking up from the dream to journey to Bethlehem for the census, fleeing to Egypt with Mary and the Infant Jesus to escape Herod and his murderous band, journeying back to Nazareth at God’s command after Herod had died. These were important events but nothing was recorded of Joseph’s account or words. Even in the life of the Holy Family, the Gospel writers did not deem it necessary to give an account of the life in Nazareth. The only indication we have that Joseph was respected and known in the local community is the passage in the Gospel where the townspeople were figuring out the source of Jesus’ power, “How did this man come by this wisdom and the miracles? Is not this the carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:54-55).

    Saint Teresa has this to say about St. Joseph: “

    “I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Joseph and commended myself earnestly to him; and I found that this my father and lord delivered me both from this trouble and also from other and greater troubles concerning my honor and the loss of my soul, and that he gave me greater blessings than I could ask of him. I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which He has freed me, both in body and in soul. To other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succor us in some of our necessities but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succors us in them all and that the Lord wishes to teach us that as He was Himself subject to him on earth (for, being His guardian and being called His father, he could command Him) just so in Heaven He still does all that he asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to him; and even to-day there are many who have great devotion to him through having newly experienced this truth.” “I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good.”

    “I only beg, for the love of God, that anyone who does not believe me will put what I say to the test, and he will see by experience what great advantages come from his commending himself to this glorious patriarch and having devotion to him. Those who practice prayer should have a special affection for him always. I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen of the Angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Child Jesus, without giving thanks to Saint Joseph for the way he helped them. If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray.” (Autobiography Chapter 6).
    https://carmelourladysdovecote.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/st-teresas-devotion-to-st-joseph/

    I just loved that hymn to St Joseph at the top of the page – it’s so beautiful.

  8. Happy Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, everyone. Am sure it is not by idle chance that this particular Feast Day falls at the beginning of the month of May dedicated to Our Lady.

    St Joseph is often said to be the forgotten Saint, but he is also a powerful Saint and there are many prayers and novenas offered for his intercession on behalf of petitioners needing his help.

    The “Never Fails” Special Novena to St Joseph

  9. A blessed Feast Day to all the CT bloggers – and to all the beleaguered Catholics in Scotland. I recall something told to a catechism class several years ago by an SSPX priest concerning what Tradition says about the death of St. Joseph. Namely, that God took him home before Our Lord’s Ministry and Passion because St. Joseph would have attempted to defend Jesus and prevent Him from being executed.

    Has anyone else come across that anecdote?

    • That sounds very true although it’s the first time av heard of it .
      Don’t know Victor if you heard the One about Our Lady . A Priest in a sermon years ago preaching on forgiveness said. It was Legend that after Our Lords Death on the Cross that Our Lady went to Judases Mother to console Her .
      Now that I also most certainly believe. God Bless to you to Sir .

    • RCA Victor,

      I’ve never heard that theory about the death of St Joseph; however, while on one level it’s attractive (the idea of a foster father fighting to save his son) on another level it really doesn’t fit with the calm, self-effacing character of St Joseph, who at least understood something of the divinity of Christ (I’m thinking of the revelation in the dream, reported in the Gospel, that there was no need to divorce Mary, the words of Jesus about “being about My Father’s business…” etc)

      So, I’m not sure about that anecdote – certainly never heard it before.

  10. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread to mark the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

    I’ll leave the thread open for the duration of the Month of Mary, although will remove from the top of the page so feel free to continue to post prayers, hymns, petitions etc to honour Our Lady in her special month,

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