1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker – Welcome to the Lovely Month of Mary!

And to mark the Feast of St Joseph the Worker…


Share your favourite prayers, hymns etc for St Joseph’s Feast and to mark the Month of Mary.  Discuss any relevant issues, and post any jokes to mark the Feast/month in the usual spirit of good clean fun. 

Happy Feast of St Joseph, everyone!  Welcome to the Month of Mary! 

29 responses

  1. St. Pius X’s Prayer to St. Joseph

    Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God, to work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work; above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render of time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so baneful to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate thee, O patriarch St. Joseph! This shall be my motto for life and eternity. Amen.

    • Miles Immaculatae,

      Beautiful ! What a truly beautiful prayer.

      Thank you very much for posting it – a terrific start to this Feast of St Joseph thread.

    • Miles Immaculatae,

      That is indeed a lovely prayer, one of my favourites in a prayer book I have.

      It is also a great consolation when feeling scunnered after a day at work!

      • Gabriel Syme,

        I’m not sure you ought to be admitting to being “scunnered after a day at work” on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker! 😀

        Mind you, it’s easy to get fed up, even when NOT at work…

        • Miles,

          Yes its Christian Warfare (the blue hard backed book). It says the publisher was the SSPX in Canada. It is very good.

          I also have the very similar Rosary Warfare book.

          (sorry for the late reply!)

  2. Hopefully this qualifies as a relevant issue…didn’t get it on the St. Catherine thread in time…

    I’ve been reading St. Francis de Sales’ Consoling Thoughts On Trials of an Interior Life ( a compilation of his relevant writings, not a book he specifically wrote). He refers to and quotes St. Catherine of Siena frequently. For example:

    “Oh! If we knew what a happiness it is to faithfully serve the Divine Saviour of our souls, and to drink of His chalice with Him, oh! How willingly we would embrace pains and sufferings, after the example of the great St. Catherine of Siena, who preferred the crown of thorns to that of gold! Thus we ought to act; for, in fine, the way of the cross and of affliction is a secure way, and one that leads us straight to God, and to the perfection of His love.”

    • RCA Victor,

      Sorry about that !

      It’s a beautiful quote, though, and fits perfectly on this thread. I can’t see it bothering Our Lady and/or St Joseph to share a corner of their thread with this great saint, as I’m sure you will agree. .

      Happy Feast of St Joseph! And welcome to the Month of Mary!

  3. This particular saint is so forgotten by so many Catholics today, yet his intercessory power is so great with God that I don’t believe any petition offered to him with genuine confidence can fail to be answered. I speak from personal experience of the most extraordinary power of dear St. Joseph, a wonderful saint I am privileged to be named after, at least my middle name. What God may not grant through the intercession of another saint, Our Lady excepted, He will surely grant through St. Joseph, to whom nothing is refused. Hence the Church’s motto Ite ad Joseph (Go to Joseph).

    I would like to take this opportunity to ask all who read this to offer a little prayer today for the repose of my young sister’s soul. As many of you may already know, she died at age 28 from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on December 15, 2000, the octave day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Her name is Mary Blackshaw and her birthday is today, May 1. It was always a source of great joy to her that she was named Mary and was born on the first day of Our Lady’s month, which happens also to be the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The date of her death, clothed in her brown scapular and comforted with the last rites of the Church, has never been lost on us, her family.

    Many thanks to all of you in advance for your charity and may Our Lady and St. Joseph bless you and your loved ones on this great Feast.

    • Athanasius,

      I well remember the amazing story you told of your own personal miracle after praying for St Joseph’s intercession in a particular situation – that was truly astonishing.

      And of course, your sister, Mary, RIP will be remembered in my prayers, for what they are worth, on this beautiful Feast, also her birthday.

      • Editor

        Yes, I did experience a true and indisputable miracle through St. Joseph’s intercession, I will never forget that. It’s also interesting that the article I wrote for the Scottish Catholic Observer many years ago, against Communion in the hand, was published on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. There have been a lot of “coincidences” like that.

        Many thanks for your prayers for Mary, which my family and I very greatly appreciate. I’m sure Mary will appreciate them even more and will certainly not be slow to reciprocate.

    • Athanasius,

      I will remember Mary – and all the Blackshaw family – in my prayers too.

      May she rest in peace.

      • Gabriel Syme

        Thank you so much. I will return that charity by praying for you and yours.

  4. Athanasius

    I will certainly remember Mary in my prayers today.

    St Joseph is a wonderful saint. I’ve lost count of the times he has helped me in practical ways; jobs that I’ve started and don’t know how to continue, I just say a quick prayer to St Joseph and he inspires the solution.

    • Therese,

      This particular Feast of St Joseph has special memories for me, in my own life, but I won’t go into the details – life’s too short: you know me, never say two words when fifty will suffice 😀

      Happy Feast!

    • Therese

      Thank you for you prayers for Mary, my response above applies equally to you for your charity.

      I must try getting this inspiration you speak of from St. Joseph. I’ve been trying to piece together an article from my extensive research into Covid-19 but it’s complicated and I can’t seem to get it to flow properly. St. Joseph may well be the key.

  5. Happy feast day to all. Athanasius, of course I’ll pray for your sister, Mary. One of our daughters is called Mary, and she too was born in May.

    • Crofterlady

      You’re a gem! Happy Feast day to you and yours, will be praying to St. Joseph for your particular and pressing intentions today.

      • Thank you too,you’re a bit of a gem and all! I really appreciate the prayers as my husband has an aggressive cancer and treatment has been put on hold because of this Wuhan virus, bad cess to it!

  6. Athanasius, you are absolutely correct in saying that Saint Joseph is forgotten by many Catholics today. I believe that he is a powerful Saint. I too will add my prayers for your sister Mary.

    Happy Feast of Saint Joseph everyone. I do not think that I have heard this Gregorian Chant –
    Salve Pater Salvatoris before.


  7. Athanasius

    A wee prayer for the repose of Mary`s soul, God rest her.

    O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, we place in you all our interests and desires. O Saint Joseph, do assist us by your powerful intercession and obtain for us from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that having engaged here below your heavenly power we may offer our thanksgiving and homage to you the most loving of fathers. O Saint Joseph, we never weary of contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms we dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press him in our name and kiss His fine head for us and ask Him to return rhe kiss when we draw our dying breath. St Joseph, patron of departed souls, pray for us.

  8. All the bishops of North America performed a renewal of Consecration of their countries to Our Lady today at 3:00. Here is one prayer by a new (relatively new) bishop:

    • RCAVictor

      It just shows that there are still good bishops around. I hope their Consecration helps overcome the present evil in the U.S. that’s doing all in its hellish power put Donald Trump out of office, including orchestrating the killer pandemic that never was.

      Anyone else noticed how seasonal flu and all other illnesses have gone on vacation, leaving only one winter killer to do the rounds, Covid-19? Odd that!

  9. I thought we might be forgetting about Our Lady’s month, so I went on YouTube to find a May hymn, and this one came top! Catholic Truth! It’s one of my favourites.