Here’s what we think we know historically about Joseph: He was an observant Jew, possibly an ardent nationalist, a distant descendant of King David, and a “tekton”—the Greek word that we usually translate as “carpenter” but which generally means someone in the building trades. Matthew portrays him as a man of deep faith, open to the mystical interpretation of dreams, marked by great compassion, and dedicated to God’s will for him. All of this serves as a reminder that the Jesus who became Christ was a historical person living in a particular place at a particular time. That history is part of the truth of the salvation that we celebrate


2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16. God’s prophetic promise to David that his house will continue “forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.”


Psalm of the Day: Ps (88) 89

Cantaré Eternamente (Martínez) FYC 228

Cantaré Eternamente/Forever I Will Sing (Reza) FYC 229/FYC3 199/JS 64

For Ever I Will Sing (Alstott) JS 63

For Ever I Will Sing (Guimont) RS 117

For Ever I Will Sing (Haugen) GC 82/G2 76/RS 118

For Ever I Will Sing (Kreutz) WC 453

Forever I Will Sing (Bolduc) WC 454

Forever I Will Sing (Ridge) GP 226

Forever I Will Sing (Schoenbachler) GP 227

The Son of David Will Live Forever (Currie) RS 119/WOR1027


Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22. In his defense of faith as primary even over the Torah, Paul evokes the example of Abraham, “father of all of us” who believed in God’s promise. It was this act of faith, Paul says, that “was credited to him as righteousness.”


Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a. Joseph’s willingness to believe his dream makes possible his marriage to Mary and the provision of a home for the one who “will save his people from their sins.”
Luke 2:41-51a. The story of the finding in the Temple with a play on the title “father” applied to Joseph (by Mary) and to God (by Jesus).



Other Songs for the Liturgy

Amazing Grace (2) BB-MI 431/CBW 480/ GC 612/GC2586 /G3 645 /GP 615/GP3 614/JS 713/JS3 680/LMGM 173/LMGM2 495/ OFUV 639/OIF 330/PMB 323/RS 737/SS 847/SPS/WC 217,707/WS 26, 586 /WOR 583 /WOR4 650

Be Not Afraid BB-MI 43/ GC 608/GC2 596/G3 683/GP 602/GP3 600 /JS 579 /JS3 673 LMGM2 583/OFUV 647 /PMB 446/RS 734/SS 849/SPS/WC 877/WS 715 WOR4 680

By All Your Saints Still Striving BB-MI 191/JS3 748/OIF 774/ PMB 524/RS 887/SS 964/WC 990 /WOR 706/WOR4 890

Canticle of Simeon G3 /GP 439/GP3 211/JS 234/JS3 124,125,857/OIF 224,304/PMB 183/RS /WC 487/WS 401/WOR4 127

Come Now, and Praise the Humble Saint GP 440/GP3 385/JS3 490/RS 875/WOR 694 WOR4 874

Come, Sing a Home and Family PMB 220/WC 997/WS 800/WOR4 439

Glorioso San José FYC 474 /FYC3 742

Holy Patron, Thee Saluting  BB-MI 124/GP3 389/JS 258/JS3 489

Joseph, Be Our Guide and Pattern WOR 693

Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace  JS3 857/RS 874/WOR 691

Now Let Your Servant Go G2 562/GC 776 /GC2 767/G3 874/WOR4 872

Nunc Dimittis GC2 85/G3 104/GP3 211/ JS3 124,125,857/OFUV 544/SPS 115/WOR4 836

O Joseph, Mighty Patron OIF 902/PMB 523/WC 995/WS 796

St. Joseph , Great Protector JS 257

St. Joseph, Mary’s Faithful Spouse  WOR4 873

Saint Joseph Was a Just Man OIF 897/WC 993

The Hands That First Held Mary's Child OIF 907/WC 996

Those Who Love and Those Who Labor RS 805/WOR 632

Those Who Seek Your Face (first set of verses) GP 447