Friday, March 19, 2021
March 19 is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Joseph was a just and holy man, chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus. He trusted in God and protected Mary and Jesus by fleeing to Egypt.
He does not speak a single word in the gospels and little is known about him. Since he is not mentioned in Jesus’ adult life, it is assumed he died earlier with Mary and Jesus beside him.
St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, immigrants, happy death, the Catholic Church, and more.
December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 has been declared a “Year of St. Joseph” by Pope Francis.
Mass Readings for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary:
- First Reading – 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16: “I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29: “The son of David will live for ever.”
- Second Reading – Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22: “He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become the father of many nations”
- Gospel – Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a: “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.”
- Alternate Gospel – Luke 2:41-51a: “Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”