March 19 – Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor (W), Saturday in Passion Week, Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal



The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.  (Psalm) It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O Most High.  Glory be to the Father.  The just shall…




We beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of the Spouse of Thy most holy Mother: so that what we cannot obtain of ourselves, may be given to us through his intercession: Who livest and reignest.


Commemoration (Saturday of Passion Week)


We beseech Thee, O Lord, may the people, who are dedicated to Thee, advance in piety and devotion: and, instructed by these sacred rites, may they abound in ever greater gifts, as they become more pleasing in the sight of Thy Majesty.  Through our Lord.


Epistle – Ecclesiasticus 45:1-6


Beloved of God and men, whose memory is in benediction. He made him like the Saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and showed him His glory. He sanctified him in his faith and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh. For He heard him and his voice, and brought him into a cloud.  And He gave him commandment before His face, and a law of life and instruction.




Lord, Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness: Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.  He asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given him length of days for ever and ever.




Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in His commandments.  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed.  Glory and wealth shall be in his house: and his justice remaineth for ever and ever.


Gospel – Matthew 1:18-21


When Mary the mother of Jesus was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a Son: and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.




My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.




We render unto Thee, O Lord, the duty of our service, humbly entreating Thee to preserve Thine own gifts within us through the prayers of blessed Joseph, Spouse of the Mother of Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, on whose holy festival we offer to Thee this sacrifice of praise.  Through the same our Lord.


Commemoration (Saturday of Passion Week)


We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully absolve us from all sins and dangers: whom Thou dost grant to be partakers of so great a mystery.  Through our Lord.




Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is born in her is of the Holy Ghost.


Post Communion


Stand by us, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, and by the intercession of blessed Joseph the Confessor, mercifully preserve Thy gifts within us.  Through our Lord.


Commemoration (Saturday of Passion Week)


Filled with the abundance of Thy divine gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that we may ever live by participation in it.  Through our Lord.


Note: I am using the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, the iMass app, and the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible for references.

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