Come let us worship Christ the Lord
who was honored to be known as the son of a carpenter, alleluia.
"The Carpenter's Family"
by Rose Myra Phillips
He must have been a very busy man
Joseph of Nazareth with plane and saw
Making each meitre and each dovetail join
Into a finished work without a flaw.
But now and then he'd pause a bit and smile
(As any loving Father might have done)
At Jesus playing with sweet-ribboned wood
From smoothed boards, once tall trees on Lebanon.
I think that Mary often watched the two...
Whenever hammer-blows caused her to start
With terror, Jesus patted her pale cheek
And laid His shining head against her heart.
O God, Creator of all things, who didst lay on the human race the law of labor: graciously grant, that by following the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage, we may carry out the work Thou dost command, and obtain the reward Thou dost promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.