Friday 19 March 2021

Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity ●

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Introduction (without Invitatory)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.

O God, come to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Hymn

O Blessed Joseph, yours the praise

The choirs of angels sing,

The guardian of the Virgin blest,

And of her Child and King.

The prophets told of God to come:

The Son of God on earth;

Yours was the glory then to be

There at the Saviour’s birth.

To him, the Father’s only Son

You served as father here;

He was subjected to your will

He, whom the heavens revere.

As once you sought and found again

The Christ, the Lord of light;

So may we walk with him, like you

All humble in his sight.

O Father, Son and Holy Ghost,

The God of truth and grace,

By holy Joseph’s prayers grant

That we may see your face.

Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 62 (63)

Thirsting for God

“Let the man who has put away the deeds of the night watch for God.”

The shepherds came quickly and they found Mary and Joseph, and the Child lying in the manger.

O Gód, you are my Gód, for you I lóng; *

for yóu my sóul is thírsting.

My bódy pínes for yóu *

like a drý, weary lánd without wáter.

So I gáze on yóu in the sánctuary *

to sée your stréngth and your glóry.

For your lóve is bétter than lífe, *

my líps will spéak your práise.

So I will bléss you áll my lífe, *

in your náme I will líft up my hánds.

My sóul shall be fílled as with a bánquet, *

my móuth shall práise you with jóy.

On my béd I remémber yóu. *

On yóu I múse through the níght

for yóu have béen my hélp; *

in the shádow of your wíngs I rejóice.

My sóul clíngs to yóu; *

your ríght hand hólds me fást.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

The shepherds came quickly and they found Mary and Joseph, and the Child lying in the manger.

Psalm-prayer

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honour, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Or:

This morning, Lord, we lift up our hands to praise you. We thirst for you; we long for you. Help us to love you more than life itself and fill us with good gifts from your banquet table.

Canticle

Daniel 3:57-88,56

All creatures, bless the Lord

“Praise our God, all you his servants” (Rev 19:5).

Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, marvelled at what was being said of him, and Simeon gave them his blessing.

O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, angels of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, the heavens of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *

And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.

And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord. *

And you, the stars of the heavens, O bless the Lord.

And you, showers and rain, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, all you breezes and winds, O bless the Lord. *

And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.

And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord. *

And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.

And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord. *

And you, darkness and light, O bless the Lord.

And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O let the earth bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord. *

And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.

And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord. *

And you, creatures of the sea, O bless the Lord.

And you, every bird in the sky, O bless the Lord. †

And you, wild beasts and tame, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, children of men, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O Israel, bless the Lord, O bless the Lord. *

And you, priests of the Lord, O bless the Lord.

And you, servants of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, spirits and souls of the just, O bless the Lord. *

And you, holy and humble of heart, O bless the Lord.

Ananias, Azarias, Mizael, O bless the Lord. *

To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

Let us praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit: *

To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

May you be blessed, O Lord, in the heavens: *

To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, marvelled at what was being said of him, and Simeon gave them his blessing.

Psalm 149

The saints rejoice

“The members of the Church, God’s new people, will rejoice in their king, who is Christ” (Hesychius).

Joseph arose from sleep and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

Síng a new sóng to the Lórd, *

his práise in the assémbly of the fáithful.

Let Ísrael rejóice in its Máker, *

let Síon’s sons exúlt in their kíng.

Let them práise his náme with dáncing *

and make músic with tímbrel and hárp.

For the Lórd takes delíght in his péople. *

He crówns the póor with salvátion.

Let the fáithful rejóice in their glóry, *

shout for jóy and táke their rést.

Let the práise of Gód be on their líps *

and a twó-edged swórd in their hánd,

to déal out véngeance to the nátions *

and púnishment on áll the péoples;

to bínd their kíngs in cháins *

and their nóbles in fétters of íron;

to cárry out the séntence pre-ordáined: *

this hónour is for áll his fáithful.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Joseph arose from sleep and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

Psalm-prayer

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Or:

Lord Jesus, you came to your own people and gave to all who welcomed you power to become children of God. In your merciful love watch over the Church and through her ministry bring salvation to the meek and lowly. May we avoid the snares of the impious, and come to rejoice in glory with your saints.

Short Reading

2 Samuel 7:28-29

Lord, you are God indeed, your words are true and you have made this fair promise to your servant. Be pleased, then, to bless the House of your servant, that it may continue for ever in your presence; for you, Lord, have spoken; and with your blessing the House of your servant will be for ever blessed.

Short Responsory

The Lord made him master of his own house.

– The Lord made him master of his own house.

He constituted him ruler of all that he possessed.

– The Lord made him master of his own house.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

– The Lord made him master of his own house.

Canticle

Benedictus

The Messiah and the one who was sent before him

Joseph settled in a town called Nazareth. This was to fulfil the words spoken about Christ by the prophets: He will be called a Nazarene.

Bléssed be the Lórd, the Gód of Ísrael! *

He has vísited his péople and redéemed them.

He has raised úp for ús a mighty sáviour *

in the hóuse of Dávid his sérvant,

as he prómised by the líps of holy mén, *

thóse who were his próphets from of óld.

A sáviour who would frée us from our fóes, *

from the hánds of áll who háte us.

So his lóve for our fáthers is fulfílled *

and his hóly covenant remémbered.

He swóre to Ábraham our fáther to gránt us, *

that frée from féar, and sáved from the hánds of our fóes,

we might sérve him in hóliness and jústice *

all the dáys of our lífe in his présence.

As for yóu, little chíld, *

you shall be cálled a próphet of Gód, the Most Hígh.

You shall go ahéad of the Lórd *

to prépare his wáys befóre him,

To make knówn to his péople their salvátion *

through forgíveness of áll their síns,

the loving-kíndness of the héart of our Gód *

who vísits us like the dáwn from on hígh.

He will give líght to those in dárkness, †

those who dwéll in the shádow of déath, *

and gúide us into the wáy of péace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Joseph settled in a town called Nazareth. This was to fulfil the words spoken about Christ by the prophets: He will be called a Nazarene.

Prayers and intercessions

Whatever we do or say, let us do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

– Lord, hear us.

As Joseph believed what you had told him, and became the guardian of your only Son:

so may we put our faith in you, and receive the fulfilment of your promise.

– Lord, hear us.

Father, give us that faith which gives substance to our hopes,

and make us certain of realities we do not see.

– Lord, hear us.

Joseph took the child Jesus into his care, loving and accepting him as his own Son:

may we accept all that God gives us, and care for those entrusted to us.

– Lord, hear us.

You have given man authority over the work of your hands and invited him to share in your creation:

help us to accept our responsibility by working for your glory and the good of all mankind.

– Lord, hear us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Almighty God,

at the beginnings of our salvation,

when Mary conceived your Son and brought him forth in to the world,

you placed them under Joseph’s watchful care.

May his prayer still help your Church

to be an equally faithful guardian of your mysteries

and a sign of Christ to mankind.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

(one) God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.