Lent 2017

DAY 20: Monday, March 20th, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron of the Catholic Church

1917 Fast Observance Today: None. Enjoy all three meals, if you’d like, in celebration of Saint Joseph.

1917 Abstinence Observance Today: None. Enjoy eating meat today, if you’d like, in celebration of Saint Joseph.

Potential Prayer: The Litany of Saint Joseph (one of only six litanies approved for public and private use) and The Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary

Potential Give: Consider donating time, talents and funds to protector organizations like the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Club in honor of Saint Joseph

Comments of the Day:  Today we celebrate the solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron of the Catholic Church, as well as patron of unborn children, fathers, immigrants, workers, employment, traveler, carpenters, realtors, against doubt,  hesitation, and of a happy death, among others.

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Solemnities are the highest rank of celebration in the Catholic liturgical calendar, followed by feasts, memorials and optional memorials and ferias.

On solemnities, fasting and abstaining on these days is considered inappropriate, given their importance.  Thus today we are not called to fast and abstain.

After solemnities, today’s Catholic liturgical calendar ranks these days in this order:

In 1917, the rankings of liturgical days, which had been in place since 1602, were different and had different names.  They were, in order of importance, as follows:

  • Doubles, I Class
  • Doubles, II Class
  • Greater Doubles
  • Doubles
  • Semidoubles
  • Singles

Even in 1917, the feast of Saint Joseph was a Doubles, I Class celebration, and regarded as of the highest importance.

Although Saint Joseph does not appear much in scripture, he is called a “just man” in Matthew 1:19.  He was a humble carpenter, who served our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary faithfully as Jesus’ “foster-father” and Mary’s “chaste guardian.”

In the litany of Saint Joseph, he is referred to as a “diligent protector” of Christ, bringing to mind his important role in taking Mary and the infant child Jesus to Egypt to protect our Lord from being killed by King Herod (Matt 3:13-16).

Let us honor and celebrate those who have protected us in our lives and provided us with examples of just and chaste living! Pray for us Saint Joseph!

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