+JMJ+ Greetings! Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. I’m preparing the Rosary thread for tonight but I wanted to share these things with you on this day devoted to this very important Saint. I’ve included videos from Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina. I hope you enjoy them.
You might want to pray the Divine Office for the Solemnity of St. Joseph. The link goes to the page about today, March 19, 2021. At the bottom of the page is a list of the day’s readings. The second reading in the Office of Readings is from a sermon by Saint Bernadine of Siena about St. Joseph. You can read it at online here. The quote below is from this reading.
In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfillment. What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms.In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfillment. What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms.
Video, Mike Aquilina: St. Joseph and the Virtue that Made the Difference
Video, Scott Hahn: The Rosary of St. Joseph with shortened meditation
Video, Scott Hahn: The Rosary of St. Joseph with full meditation
What is a solemnity?
The highest liturgical rank of a feast in the ecclesiastical calendar. Besides the movable feasts such as Easter and Pentecost, fourteen solemnities are celebrated in the universal Church, namely: Motherhood of God (January 1), Epiphany (January 6), St. Joseph (March 19), Annunciation (March 25), Trinity Sunday (first after Pentecost), Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday), Sacred Heart (Friday after the second Sunday after Pentecost), St. John the Baptist (June 24), Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29), Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (August 15), All Saints (November 1), Christ the King (Last Sunday of the ecclesiastical year), Immaculate Conception (December 8), and Christmas (December 25). (Etym. Latin sollemnis, stated, established, appointed.)
Entry for solemnity in the Catholic Dictionary at CatholicCulture.org.
Thank you for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, virtuous and holy. May this Lent and St. Joseph help you become who you were meant to be: a SAINT! May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+
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Notes and Links
- Pray the Divine Office for the Solemnity of St. Joseph.
- Video, Mike Aquilina: St. Joseph and the Virtue that Made the Difference
- Video, Scott Hahn, the Rosary of St. Joseph with shortened meditation
- Video, Scott Hahn, the Rosary of St. Joseph with full meditation
Images: Saint Joseph holding baby Jesus, altarpiece in San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy.
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