097 St Joseph


Sentence: I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother. O Israel, hope in the LORD, from this time on and for evermore.

Psalms 131:2-3


Collect: O God, who from the line of your servant David raised up the carpenter Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the husband of Mary his virgin mother: give us grace to follow Joseph's integrity of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Joel 2:27-32

You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame. Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.


Psalm 89:19-30 APBA p 316

19. You spoke once in a vision:

and said to your faithful one,

20. "I have set a youth above a warrior:

I have exalted a young man out of the people.

21. "I have found my servant David:

and anointed him with my holy oil.

22. "My hand shall uphold him:

and my arm shall strengthen him.

23. "No enemy shall deceive him:

nor shall the wicked hurt him.

24. "I will crush his adversaries before him:

and strike down those that hate him.

25. "My faithfulness and loving - kindness shall be with him:

and through my name his head shall be lifted high.

26. "I will set the hand of his dominion upon the Western Sea:

and his right hand shall stretch to the streams of Mesopotamia.

27. "He will call to me "You are my Father:

my God, and the rock of my salvation."

28. "I will make him my first - born son:

and highest among the kings of the earth.

29. "I will ever maintain my loving - kindness toward him:

and my covenant with him shall stand firm.

30. "I will establish his line for ever:

and his throne like the days of heaven."


Romans 4:13-22

The promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") -- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.


Matthew 1:18-25 ... Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. For the Gospel of the Lord, praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.