1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker – Welcome to the Beautiful Month of Mary!

1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker – Welcome to the Beautiful Month of Mary!

And to mark the Feast of St Joseph the Worker…

Comment: 

Share your favourite prayers and hymns to celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, and to mark the Month of Mary.  Discuss any relevant issues, and post stories, personal experiences etc.   

Happy Feast of St Joseph, everyone!  Welcome to the Month of Mary! 

Comments (54)

  • Warydoom Reply

    Dearest Editor,

    Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker! And also we welcome the beautiful month of May honouring Our Lady!

    To that end, I post the video below of one of Scotland’s (at least among Catholics!) favourite sons, Father Sidney MacEwan…

    My mother liked Father’s voice very much and attended a concert of his here in Sydney during one of his tours raising funds for much needed projects of his. She said she was in seventh heaven!

    I hope you and all will enjoy!

    May 1, 2021 at 12:51 am
  • Warydoom Reply

    Correction! The good Canon’s name is actually “Sydney“ not “Sidney” which is the more common male spelling at least here in Oz.

    But then there’s Sidney Powell!

    May 1, 2021 at 1:28 am
    • editor Reply

      Warydoom,

      Thank you – yes, Canon Sydney’s singing was, indeed, popular among Catholics in the days of yore! Thanks for posting that version of one of my favourite May hymns.

      Happy Feast day to you!

      May 1, 2021 at 9:02 am
    • Fidelis Reply

      Warydoom,

      I remember Canon Sydney well – brings back memories, so thank you for that video.

      Happy Feast!

      May 1, 2021 at 2:41 pm
      • editor

        Fidelis,

        A very happy Feast to you! God bless!

        May 1, 2021 at 9:02 pm
  • Catherine Reply

    Happy Feast day to all!

    May 1, 2021 at 7:02 am
    • editor Reply

      Catherine, a very happy Feast day to you!

      May 1, 2021 at 9:02 am
  • Athanasius Reply

    A very happy Feast to all. This is indeed a great day, the Feast of St. Joseph the worker and the beginning of the month of Our Lady. If ever we needed Our Lady and St.Joseph, it’s now, especially workers like myself who are still furloughed after 13 months (remember that few weeks they said they needed to “flatten the curve”????). The longer this evil continues the greater the threat of losing employment for those of us still fortunate enough to have a job. St. Joseph the worker is the very saint who can help in such a worrying matter – I never cease to declare the power of his intercession with God.

    I would also like to ask bloggers of their charity to offer a wee prayer for the repose of the soul of my late sister Mary Blackshaw. Mary was born on May 1st and was always so proud of the fact for the above reasons. She died aged 28 years of leukaemia on the Octave day of the Feat of the Immaculate Conception 2000 wearing her brown scapular and having received the last rites. It’s hard to believe that 20 years have since passed.

    Anyway, let us hope and pray that this year of St. Joseph will culminate in the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady and a restoration of the Universal Church, whose Patron and protector is none other than the same great saint. As the adage goes: Ite ad Joseph (go to Joseph).

    May 1, 2021 at 1:35 pm
    • RCAVictor Reply

      Athanasius,

      Thanks be to God that Mary died a holy death! I have prayed for the repose of her soul…

      May 1, 2021 at 4:27 pm
      • Athanasius

        RCAVictor

        She was indeed granted such a death, thank God, but we always have to assume that prayers are needed for deliverance from purgatory, hence I very much appreciate your charitable prayers. I’m sure Mary will be even more grateful.

        I remember one incident in her last illness that has always comforted me. Just before she was put into an induced coma for the ventilator (from which she never awoke), she looked down by her bedside, clearly fixed on something, and said “oh, you are beautiful”. I never forgot that event, it was deeply moving. I only hope it was her guardian angel or some other heavenly being sent to comfort her.

        May 1, 2021 at 5:59 pm
      • editor

        Athanasius,

        You have reminded us that this Feast is an important reminder of the need to pray for all those affected by this manufactured crisis in terms of their employment. Thank you for that. We should pray for them to St Joseph the Worker, especially today.

        Just not for the campaign to employ Covid Marshall with contracts until 2023 😀

        Thank you, too, for reminding us about your sister’s wonderfully graced death.

        I don’t remember the part of her apparently seeing someone supernatural, so thank you for sharing that – it is very consoling indeed. May she rest in peace.

        May 1, 2021 at 8:59 pm
      • Athanasius

        Editor

        Yes indeed, manufactured crisis in the correct term and they’re not finished yet. I fear personally that come autumn/winter many tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of people may die as a result of delayed action from these vaccines. If that happens they’ll blame it on a new and deadly variant of the virus, of course. Never wanted to be so wrong about anything in my life, but Dr. Mike Yeadon’s expert knowledge on how these things work has left him without any explanation for the mass roll out of vaccines other than global depopulation.

        They only thing the evil ones behind the COVID scam haven’t thought about is Almighty God and Our Lady – that’s our hope!

        Thank you for remembering Mary today.

        May 1, 2021 at 9:37 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Athanasius,

        Happy Feast Day, in honor of your namesake!

        May 2, 2021 at 3:31 pm
      • Athanasius

        RCAVictor

        Many thanks. I always love the Feasts of St. Joseph.

        May 2, 2021 at 3:35 pm
      • editor

        Athanasius,

        RCA Victor’s post is dated today, 2nd May – so I’m guessing he means “Athanasius” , today being the Feast of St Athanasius.

        I knew watching all those Columbo’s would pay off eventually 😀

        May 2, 2021 at 5:45 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        You win the door prize!

        May 2, 2021 at 8:05 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        I’m surmising that “the door prize” is an American custom, so not sure if it’s a good thing to win “the door prize” or not. I’ll assume the best (for once… 😀 )

        https://pics.me.me/the-person-who-invented-the-door-knocker-won-the-no-bell-14117802.png

        May 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm
      • Warydoom

        Athanasius,

        Prayer said for your dear sister. What a wonderful experience to have to know that comfort she received.

        I lost 4 relatives in 18 months, the first being my toddler son over 33 years ago. The third was my dear brother who dropped dead at Mass (NOM) on his 45th birthday and the fourth was my beloved uncle who was a Marist priest, so I share your pain.

        May 2, 2021 at 1:10 am
  • Lily Reply

    Happy Feast of St Joseph everyone!

    The sunny start to the month of Mary gives us hope!

    May 1, 2021 at 2:12 pm
  • Laura Reply

    Happy Feast and happy month of Mary to everyone at CT!

    I’ve seen the story of the miraculous staircase on this blog a few times but this is a different version so I thought I’d post it to honour St Joseph. It is an amazing story.

    May 1, 2021 at 2:25 pm
    • Lily Reply

      Laura,

      That’s a beautiful presentation of the miraculous staircase – it’s a wonderful story and a real miracle. I’d love to go there one day (if we’re ever allowed out of the country!)

      That was definitely St Joseph who built that staircase – there’s not a doubt in my mind.

      Happy Feast!

      May 1, 2021 at 5:16 pm
      • editor

        Lily,

        That’s a very interesting version – different from the account we have had posted here in the past but a lovely video, none-the-less.

        It’s an amazing story – and I, too, have no doubt that it is a real miracle.

        May 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm
    • editor Reply

      Laura,

      Thank you for posting that account of the miraculous staircase in New Mexico. It’s lovely!

      Happy Feast!

      May 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm
  • Fidelis Reply

    Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker, everyone!

    I found this video of the hymn to St Joseph which I grew up with, but unfortunately nobody is singing it, it’s just the music and the words. There’s also some interference in the video but the other St Joseph hymns have different tunes and words, so I think this will bring back memories for bloggers here, definitely in Scotland, as I think this is the best known one.

    May 1, 2021 at 2:43 pm
    • editor Reply

      Fidelis,

      Many thanks for that hymn. I’ve looked for years and years to find that tune and those words – it’s a pity about no singing, right enough, and there is some banging or whatever that interference is, but it is still enjoyable, so thank you for that.

      Happy Feast!

      May 1, 2021 at 8:55 pm
    • Margaret Mary Reply

      Fidelis,

      That’s my favourite St Joseph’s hymn! Love it!

      May 3, 2021 at 5:03 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    Happy Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.

    Fidelis, like you I grew up with this hymn too, but I cannot remember when I last heard it sung. It is a hymn I do appreciate and like very much.

    https://www.litanyofstjoseph.com/

    I do agree with Athanasius that, “if we ever needed Our Lady and Saint Joseph it is now”.

    May 1, 2021 at 3:55 pm
    • editor Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      Thank you for posting thate link to the Litany of St Joseph. I hope they don’t update it (see RCA Victor’s post on the 7 new invocations…)

      Happy Feast!

      May 1, 2021 at 8:54 pm
      • Theresa Rose

        Editor,

        I had indeed read RCA Victor’s post on the 7 new invocations, and I agree with what he has said. I can only pray that the Consecration of Russia takes very soon.

        May 1, 2021 at 9:36 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    A very happy and Holy Feast Day to everyone. I like probably all on here have May as my favorite Month. My God how i love that Beautiful Hymn to Our Blessed Lady. Their is nothing i can add to Our Holy Mother other than,thank You for praying for me.

    May 1, 2021 at 4:03 pm
    • editor Reply

      FOOF,

      Thank YOU for all the work you do on this blog from one month of Mary to the next!

      God bless!

      May 1, 2021 at 8:53 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    I have to admit that I used to be suspicious of this Feast, since I thought it was rather too similar to the Communist idealization of the “proletariat.” However, I discovered that Pius XII instituted it to oppose the May Day celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists!

    Having said that, I’m afraid there is yet another bucket of cold water, and brand new reminder of the apostasy extending all the way to the top, as The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments just added 7 invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph:

    Custos Redemptoris, Serve Christi, Minister salutis, Fulcimen in difficultatibus, Patrone exsulum, Patrone afflictorum, and Patrone pauperum.

    Translated: Guardian of the Redeemer, Servant of Christ, Minister of Salvation, Support in Difficulties, Patron of Refugees, Patron of the Afflicted, and Patron of the Poor.

    Anyone recognize a certain agenda in a couple of those?

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/index.php/news/247493/vatican-adds-seven-invocations-to-litany-of-st-joseph

    May 1, 2021 at 4:25 pm
    • Michaela Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I’m absolutely shocked that the Pope would add those invocations to the Litany of st Joseph. Yes, there’s a definite agenda there – “Patron of Refugees” jumps out first at me, because the modernists constantly pretend that the Holy Family escape into Egypt made them refugees but it did not. They just went home by a different route!

      Trust Pope Francis to go and spoil this beautiful Feast.

      May 1, 2021 at 5:01 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I’ve commented on the “litany” scandal in response to Michaela (above).

      All I would add here is this pope has very few apparent gifts and one of them is definitely NOT a way with words… If you get my drift.

      In short, he’s no poet!

      May 1, 2021 at 8:50 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        I’m sorely tempted to write a letter to the Congregation for the Latest Modernist Innovation to ask:

        “Does your addition of ‘refugees’ to the Litany of St. Joseph mean that he is now the Patron Saint of Muslims?”

        May 2, 2021 at 3:30 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Save the stamp. I can tell you the answer. YES!

        May 2, 2021 at 5:43 pm
  • Michaela Reply

    This is one of my favourite May hymns. The sun has been shining all day where I live (in Scotland) so it’s very appropriate!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY71OyAUQ6k

    Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker, and welcome to the month of Mary!

    May 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    • editor Reply

      Michaela,

      That’s a lovely version of one of my favourite hymns. We actually recorded it ourselves, so here’s that rendition as well…

      May 1, 2021 at 9:07 pm
      • Warydoom

        Editor,

        Thank you. My goodness, that was lovely! In my long years I’ve never heard that hymn before.

        If you don’t mind me asking, who was the soprano? Your good self, perhaps?

        May 2, 2021 at 12:55 am
  • Nicky Reply

    Happy Feast of St Joseph and a happy month of Mary to all CT bloggers .

    May 1, 2021 at 5:05 pm
    • editor Reply

      Nicky,

      Happy Feast of St Joseph to you, as well!

      May 1, 2021 at 9:05 pm
  • graeme taylor Reply

    Please consider signing the parliamentary petition
    “end all requirements to wear face coverings immediately”

    May 2, 2021 at 5:39 pm
    • editor Reply

      Graeme,

      If you post the link, I’ll happily do that even sooner than immediately 😀

      May 2, 2021 at 5:43 pm
  • graeme taylor Reply

    Don’t imagine I am technical at all!
    If you write what I said in inverted commas the parliament petition comes up and then you can vote.
    It only accepts a vote once people have verified their email

    May 2, 2021 at 7:56 pm
    • editor Reply

      Graeme,

      I’ve now signed and this is the link
      https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/581316

      To copy a link you just look at the top of the page you want to copy (in this case the petition page) and where you see the page link (e.g. https//etc) place your mouse over it, right click on your mouse, select “copy” and then return to wherever you want to copy it, right click again and select “paste” – voila, the link will appear. Always press “enter” at the end of the link to make sure it copies properly.

      This is actually not the best thread to have posted. If you’d selected the most recent “Covid” thread from the sidebar, it would have had a longer shelf-life, so to speak – the UK Restrictions…. thread would probably have been better, so I will post the link there now – this is a devotional thread so not a lot of people will think of checking it out for petitions. Still, you’re from Edinburgh (if my memory serves me correctly) so that explains it… 😀

      In any event, thank you for the alert.

      May 2, 2021 at 9:13 pm
  • graeme taylor Reply

    Thank you editir, I will refer to this instruction in future.
    I was born and bred in Edinburgh – however a borderer for over 35 years!

    May 2, 2021 at 9:37 pm
    • editor Reply

      Graeme,

      The borders! WOW! When I think of the borders I think of a story I once heard about some travellers from England. Read on…

      An astronomer, a physicist and a mathematician were on the train from London to Edinburgh, as they passed the Scottish border they saw a black sheep.

      ‘Ah ha’ said the astronomer ‘from that I can deduce that in Scotland all sheep are black’

      ‘No’ said the physicist ‘we can deduce that in Scotland some sheep are black’

      ‘Actually’ said the mathematician ‘all we know is that in Scotland there is a field in which there is a sheep, one side of which is black’

      You have to laugh.

      Although I really shouldn’t be laughing, being a stickler for not going off topic! I’m the guilty one today, so I’ll sign off now and talk to you next time we meet on a topic thread 😀

      May 2, 2021 at 10:36 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        From what I can gather, Barack Hussein Obama is the white sheep of his family…or is he the half-white sheep??

        May 3, 2021 at 1:43 am
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Under our new Hate Crime Law, I might be visiting you (and the three travellers from London to Edinburgh in the previous post) in one of Her Majesty’s establishments very soon… This one’s in Glasgow so let’s hope they send you there, easier for me to visit 😀

        https://i2-prod.dailyrecord.co.uk/incoming/article3266136.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/GP31926962.jpg

        May 3, 2021 at 10:40 am
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        That building looks like one of those post-Vatican II churches…

        May 3, 2021 at 2:54 pm
  • editor Reply

    Back on topic

    Below, the hymn to St Joseph with which I grew up. Can’t find a video with singing so the lyrics are posted underneath…

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u73wQwu4A1w&w=420&h=315%5D

    Lyrics

    Dear St. Joseph, pure and gentle,
    Guardian of the Saviour child,
    Treading with the virgin mother,
    Egypt’s deserts rough and wild.

    Chorus:
    Hail, St. Joseph, spouse of Mary,
    Blessed above all saints on high,
    When the death-shades round us gather,
    Teach, oh, teach us how to die. (x 2)

    He who rested on thy bosom
    Is by countless saints adored;
    Prostrate angels in His presence
    Sing hosannas to their Lord.

    Now to thee no gift refusing,
    Jesus stoops to hear thy prayer;
    Then, dear saint, from thy fair dwelling,
    Give to us a father’s care.

    Dear St. Joseph, kind and loving,
    Stretch to us a helping hand;
    Guide us through life’s toils and sorrows
    Safely to the distant land.

    May 3, 2021 at 10:48 am
    • Michaela Reply

      That’s my favourite hymn to St Joseph – we sang it in our parish as I was growing up. I love it.

      May 3, 2021 at 10:56 am
  • Margaret Mary Reply

    My absolutely favourite hymn to Our Lady – happy Month of Mary!

    May 3, 2021 at 5:02 pm

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