St. Joseph the Worker

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May 1 — St. Joseph the Worker
Invitation to  Worship

We worship the Risen Christ, the Son of God,

 who was called the son of Joseph.


O Holy One,+ open my lips.

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


The just one blossoms like a lily-Alleluia

~And grows forever in the sight of Adonai, Alleluia!


Morning Hymn St. Joseph

How blest was Joseph by our God: a man both just and kind;

The angel’s message trumped the law and filled his heart and mind.


Come now and praise the humble saint Of David’s house and line,

The carpenter whose life fulfilled Our gracious God’s design.


His wife became a fruitful vine enriching his abode.

Her Son, Anointed Bread and Wine, Was heaven’s gift bestowed.


For him there was no glory here, No crown or martyr’s fame,

For him there was the patient life Of faith and humble name.


But now within our Abba’s grace Where saints and angels throng,

Beside his Spouse, before her Son, He joins the heav’nly song.


All glory be to God the Son, the Abba’s image bright.

Who lived and worked in Joseph’s home, Revealed the Spirit’s light.  Amen

Text: v. 1 The Daily Feast  vv. 3&6 St. Meinrad, 1969; vv. 2,4 & 5 G. W. Williams; Tune: MORNING SONG CM





Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!

Psalm 46/47

All you peoples, clap your hands,

cry to God with shouts of joy!

For Adonai, the Most High is awesome and great;

and reigns over the Earth with such love!


God’s love overwhelms those who hate;

and changes foes into allies and friends.

All we have has been given by God,

given to us out of love.


God goes up with shouts of joy;

Adonai goes up with the blast of trumpets.

Sing praise for God, sing praise.

Sing praise to Love, sing praise!


God-Love reigns over all the earth,

sing praise with all your skill!

God-Love reigns over the nations;

God-Love is enthroned in holiness.


The holy ones from every tradition

are assembled with the saints of our own.

We are all one family of God

whose Love reigns over us all.


Glory to the One and to the Word

and to the Breath of  Love

as  always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!



READING   I Peter 1:18-21

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors,

not with perishable things like silver or gold,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.

He was destined before the foundation of the  world,

but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.

Through  him you have come to trust in God,

who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,

so that your faith and hope are set on God.



R.  Our price was paid in the precious blood of Christ,

* a lamb without mark or blemish: alleluia, alleluia!.  

V. Not with silver or gold were we ransomed, but with the blood of Christ

* a lamb without mark or blemish: alleluia, alleluia! 

 V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.


Canticle of Zachariah


Whoever listens to my words

and believes in the ONE who sent me,

has eternal life, alleluia, alleluia!

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Whoever listens to my words

and believes in the ONE who sent me,

has eternal life, alleluia, alleluia!






Litany of Intercession

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection

~ by bringing good new to the poor and healing the hearts that are broken.


O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~ by feeding those who  are hungry and clothing those who are naked.


O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~ by releasing the captives of injustice and all those who are imprisoned in addictions and sin.


O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~ by welcoming strangers and immigrants and visiting those who are lonely or in prison.


O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~ by bringing your peace to those who are in trouble and your joy to those who are in sorrow.


O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~ by living sustainably in harmony with Mother Earth and all your beloved creation. 


Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…


Closing Prayer

Good and Gracious God, creator and ruler of the universe,

in every age you have called human beings

to develop and use their gifts, talents and abilities to contribute to the common good.

With St. Joseph as our example and guide,

help us to do the special work you have asked from each of us

so that we can join you and the rest of Earthkind

in the ongoing work of creation

where the power and glory of your love is revealed now and forever.

~ Amen



May the God of Life and Light who raised Jesus from the dead

+ bless us and grant us peace.



Let us bless Adonai, Alleluia, Alleluia!.

~Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia!