Saint Joseph

Thursday, March 19, 2015Saturday, March 19, 2016Monday, March 20, 2017Monday, March 19, 2018
The Collect: 

O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness 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.

Old Testament: 
2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16

4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 8Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; 9and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.12When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. 15But I will not take* my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me;* your throne shall be established for ever.

Psalm: 
Psalm 89:1-29 or 89:1-4, 26-29

A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
1 I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord,* for ever;
   with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. 
2 I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever;
   your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. 

3 You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
   I have sworn to my servant David: 
4 “I will establish your descendants for ever,
   and build your throne for all generations.” ’
          Selah 

5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. 
6 For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
   Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, 
7 a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
   great and awesome* above all that are around him? 
8 O Lord God of hosts,
   who is as mighty as you, O Lord?
   Your faithfulness surrounds you. 
9 You rule the raging of the sea;
   when its waves rise, you still them. 
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
   you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. 
11 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
   the world and all that is in it—you have founded them. 
12 The north and the south*—you created them;
   Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. 
13 You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand, high your right hand. 
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. 
15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
   who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance; 
16 they exult in your name all day long,
   and extol* your righteousness. 
17 For you are the glory of their strength;
   by your favour our horn is exalted. 
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
   our king to the Holy One of Israel. 

19 Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
   ‘I have set the crown* on one who is mighty,
   I have exalted one chosen from the people. 
20 I have found my servant David;
   with my holy oil I have anointed him; 
21 my hand shall always remain with him;
   my arm also shall strengthen him. 
22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
   the wicked shall not humble him. 
23 I will crush his foes before him
   and strike down those who hate him. 
24 My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
   and in my name his horn shall be exalted. 
25 I will set his hand on the sea
   and his right hand on the rivers. 
26 He shall cry to me, “You are my Father,
   my God, and the Rock of my salvation!” 
27 I will make him the firstborn,
   the highest of the kings of the earth. 
28 For-ever I will keep my steadfast love for him,
   and my covenant with him will stand firm. 
29 I will establish his line for ever,
   and his throne as long as the heavens endure.

Epistle: 
Romans 4:13-18

13 For 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. 14If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

16 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, 17as 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. 18Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’

Gospel: 
Luke 2:41-52

41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.48When his parents* saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’ 49He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’* 50But they did not understand what he said to them.51Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years,* and in divine and human favour.