May 1st - The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
Why is May 1st the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker? In response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianize the concept of labor and give to all workmen a model and a protector. By the daily labor in his shop, offered to God with patience and joy, St. Joseph provided for the necessities of his holy spouse and of the Incarnate Son of God, and thus became an example to all laborers. "Workmen and all those laboring in conditions of poverty will have reasons to rejoice rather than grieve, since they have in common with the Holy Family daily preoccupations and cares"(Leo XIII). St. Joseph the Worker, Pray for us!
Saint Joseph Prayers and Devotion Resources
"Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary, the foster father of the Son of God, was not a priest, but shared in the common priesthood of the faithful. And since as father and guardian of Jesus he could hold him and carry him in his arms, priests turn to Saint Joseph with the fervent request to be able to celebrate the Eucharistic Sacrifice with the same veneration and the same love with which he carried out his mission as the foster father of the Son of God." - John Paul II
Each Wednesday, the day on which Catholics traditionally honor Saint Joseph, Relevant Radio seeks the intercession of Mary's Most Worthy Spouse and Guardian of the Child Jesus. Join with Relevant Radio in prayer on air or download the prayers below in print or audio form.
Download Printable Prayers
MP3 "Dear Guardian St. Joseph", sung by Julia Ostermann
"God called Joseph to take Mary as his wife so that Jesus, who is called Christ, would be born of the wife of Joseph into the messianic line of David." CCC
The Glories of Saint Joseph ~ Compiled by the Monks of St Joseph’s Abbey