*** *** *** “When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife.” (Mt 1:24)
~ Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the highest order of liturgical feast. St. Joseph, so just and humble, was completely obedient to God. As protector of Jesus and Mary, he played an exceptional role in God’s plan of salvation. St. Joseph is commemorated in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I) and named Patron of the Universal Church.
~ “Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph’s intercession your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ from the Proper of Saints, Daily Roman Missal