St Joseph the Worker Feast Day is celebrated on 1st May each year. The title, St Joseph the Worker, was given to
, the patron of carpenters, builders and all workers by Pope Pius XII in 1955. St Joseph
|A carpenter’s workroom!|
The 1st May also coincides in many countries with the working holiday weekend to celebrate the ‘unofficial’ start of summertime, the ‘May Day’ Bank
Holiday festivities in the as they are known. UK
However, it is
’s patronage of workers that is one of his most illustrious titles, warranting a special feast day in his honour. St Joseph
In these times of recession with unemployment rising high we ask for Joseph’s intercession and help from Heaven to help us in our work or indeed to find good, productive work which will improve the society in which we live and give us a spirit of peace and joy.
Pope Pius wrote a prayer especially for this great Feast;
“Oh 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 harmful to the work of God.
All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate you, O Patriarch St Joseph! This shall be my motto for life and eternity. Amen”
For a great novena prayer to
(asking for help with work) go to EWTN’s website now! St Joseph
|A well used carpenter’s lathe!|