"Hail, holy Joseph, hail! Chaste spouse of Mary, hail!" begins a well-loved devotional hymn, one of the hymns we sing in honor of St. Joseph on his feasts and on Wednesdays throughout the year. Today is one of great conventual joy. The silence and austerity of Lenten disciplines give way to the celebration of the Solemnity. Even the bright flowers on the altar proclaim the Church's veneration of so great a saint.
A blameless life, St. Joseph, may we lead,
by your kind patronage from danger freed.
February has been traditionally associated with both devotion to the Holy Family and with devotion to the Passion of our Lord.
The month of January opens with the day upon which our Savior received His most Holy Name, which day is promptly followed by the liturgical celebration of the sweetness and power of His Name. We are still basking in the glow of Christmastide, our meditation still focused closely upon the creche, learning from Mary and Joseph to silently contemplate our Salvation, when the Church reminds us to dwell upon His precious Name. With the revelation of His Name, He reveals His desire to save us, His yearning for us to call upon Him, His desire to come to our aid. Our Community custom during this time is to invoke His sweet name throughout the day, praying, "Most Holy Name of Jesus, save us!"
O Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and Queen of the Angels, pray for us!
August is devotionally dedicated to the honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Traditionally, the feast of the Immaculate Heart is celebrated on the octave of the Assumption, August 22.
The month of July is dedicated to honoring the Precious Blood of Jesus, the price of our salvation.
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee. My God, my God, I love Thee in the most Blessed Sacrament.