Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been honoured in the Catholic Church for many centuries as a good husband and father. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph was a carpenter and “a son of David”.
Saint Luke’s Gospel says that Joseph went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. The same Gospel mentions Joseph as the father of Jesus in the story of the boy Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem.
Saint John’s Gospel also calls Jesus of Nazareth “the son of Joseph".
Saint Joseph is commemorated in two feasts in the Church’s year: the principal Feast is on 19 March and the Feast of St Joseph the Worker on 1 May.
Saint Joseph’s celebrates its patron on 19 March.
(St Joseph, by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM,©1985, courtesy of Trinity Stores, www.trinitystores.com)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
When the first Carmelites built their chapel on Mount Carmel in the early13th century, they named it in honour of “Saint Mary”.
Almost from the beginning of the Order, Mary and the Old Testament prophet Elijah, became the two principal sources of inspiration for Carmelite spirituality. Both were seen to embody the ideal of the true contemplative person and of Christian discipleship – one who has a deep and abiding experience of God, and who brings God into the world in word and action.
Soon after the Order’s migration to Europe (about 1247) the early Carmelites struggled for approval and recognition. They placed their trust in Mary, praying to her under the title of “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”. In Europe, the Carmelites were called “the brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel”. That is still the official title of the Order today. Many references to Mary as the Carmelites’ sister are found in early writings.
The feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is 16 July.
(Our Lady of Mount Carmel, by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, ©1986, courtesy of Trinity Stores, www.trinitystores.com)