May 1: Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Today the Church celebrates the optional feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

This feast was declared in 1955 by Pope Pius XII. At that time most of the Communist and Totalitarian celebrated May Day – The Day of the Worker. The Church, by this feast, is declaring the dignity of human labor, as opposed to seeing labor as something forced upon us, to the benefit of the state and basically no one else. The dignity of labor recognizes the right of every human being to a decent job, wages, and the ability to take care of one’s family and other obligations. We should strive that every person has some type of honorable employment. We see work as a key theme in the Christian life.

Here is a prayer I found for this feast:

Saint Joseph, patron and pattern of all who are devoted to their work, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance, in order thereby to atone for my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting my devotion to duty before my own inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honor to be employed and to develop, by my work, the gifts that I have received from Almighty God; to work with order, peace, moderation and penance, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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