Posted by: fvbcdm | March 19, 2013

Solemnity of Saint Joseph (19 Mar 2013)

Today we interrupt our somber observance of the holy season of Lent with its use of the color purple to rejoice in the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, with its Gloria at Mass, the happy hymn, the Te Deum, in the Liturgy of the Hours, and the wearing of white by the ministers in the liturgical actions of adoration.

Saint Joseph has been entrusted as patron saint of two realities within the Christian community. First, he is the patron of the Universal Church. Just as he was the head and protector of the Holy Family of Nazareth, so he has been made patron of the universal family of Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ, the Church throughout the world.

Second, he is the patron of a happy death. We hear of Saint Joseph for the last time in the gospel when Jesus was twelve years old; by the time Our Lord was about thirty and began his public life, it would seem that Saint Joseph had died. He is never mentioned as being present or acting again, and sometimes Our Lord is referred to as “son of Mary.” That usually meant that his mother was a widow; had Saint Joseph still been alive, Our Lord would have been called “son of Joseph.” The Church, in her great devotion to the three members of the Holy Family, has for centuries contemplated the death of Saint Joseph. We can presume that Our Lord and his Blessed Mother were with Saint Joseph at the end of his life. And what an enviable death one dies, in the presence of Jesus and Mary! That is why Saint Joseph has been named patron saint of a happy death. I earnestly wish for myself and for you a holy, peaceful death in the presence of the Mother of Christ and of her husband, hand-picked by God to be the spouse of the Immaculate Virgin and the guardian of her divine Son. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.

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