Words of the Saints to Ponder While Journeying Toward Bethlehem
St. Joseph (90 BC ~ 18 AD)
Carpenter, “A Righteous Man,” “A Just Man,” Earthly Father of Jesus, Husband to Mary, Son of Jacob
Feast Day: March 19th
Patron saint of: Universal Church, New World, Families, Fathers, Expectant Mothers (Pregnant Women), Travelers, Immigrants, Explorers, Pilgrims, Against Doubt and Hesitation, House Sellers and Buyers, Craftsmen, Engineers, and Working People in General, Unborn Babies, Happy Death, and the Dying.
Dear Lord Jesus, let me be still, silent as Your Earthly Father Joseph. Teach me trust as he did. Joseph, a simple, just, honorable man chosen to be your Earthly father, help me to be more like him. Beloved Christmas Miracle, save me, I wait and long for your coming.
The Cherry Tree Carol
Joseph was an old man,
And an old man was he,
When he wedded Mary
In the land of Galilee.
Joseph and Mary walk’d
Through an orchard good,
Where was cherries and berries
So red as any blood.
O then bespoke Mary,
So meek and so mild,
‘Pluck me one cherry, Joseph,
For I am with child.’
O then bespoke Joseph
With words so unkind,
‘Let him pluck thee a cherry
That brought thee with child.’
Then bow’d down the highest tree
Unto our Lady’s hand:
Then she said, ‘See, Joseph,
I have cherries at command!’
‘O eat your cherries, Mary,
O eat your cherries now;
O eat your cherries, Mary,
That grow upon the bough.’
Blessed Mother Mary (18 BC ~ 41 AD)
Daughter of St. Joachim and St. Anne, Wife of Joseph, Mother of God, Virgin, Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Universal Church, Queen of Angels, Mary of Sorrows,
Patron Saint of: Patroness of All Humanity, Universal Church¸ Benedictines, Bicyclists, Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, Cistercians, Fishmongers, Overseas Filipino Workers, Harness Makers, Seafarers, Spanish Civil Guards, Pilots/Aviators,
Feast Day: Jan. 1st
“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
Dear Lord Jesus, I want to be more like Your mother. Starting today, to say, “Yes.” Say yes to my Lord God. Beloved Christmas Miracle, save me, I wait and long for your coming.
Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”