Wisdom rendered to the just the wages of their labors and conducted them in a wonderful way; and she was to them for a covert by day and for the light of stars by night. Alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Glory be to the Father. Wisdom rendered…
O God, Creator of all things, Who didst lay on the human race the law of labor: graciously grant that by following the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage, we may carry out the work Thou dost command, and obtain the reward Thou dost promise. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-34
Brethren: Have charity, which is the bond of perfection, and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
All whatsoever you do in word or in work do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.
Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart: as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ.
Alleluia, alleluia. In whatever tribulation they shall cry to Me, I will hear them, and be their protection always.
Alleluia. Obtain for us, Joseph, grace to lead an innocent life; and may it ever be shielded by they patronage. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 13:54-58
At that time, coming into His own country, He taught them in their synagogues, so that they wondered and said: “How came this man by this wisdom and miracles? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Whence therefore hath He all these things?”
And they were scandalized in His regard. But Jesus said to them: “A prophet is not without honor save in his own country and in his own house.” And He wrought not many miracles there because of their unbelief.
Let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us, and direct Thou the works of our hands over us; yea, the work of our hands do thou direct. Alleluia.
From the work of our hands we offer sacrifice to Thee, O Lord; through the mediation of Saint Joseph may it be a pledge for us of union and peace. Through our Lord.
How came this man by this wisdom and miracles? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother named Mary? Alleluia.
Grant, O Lord, that what we have received may, by the intercession of blessed Joseph, crown our work and confirm our reward. Through our Lord.