St. Joseph the Worker and Jeremiah the Prophet

May 1

St. Joseph the Worker, who, a Nazarene carpenter, assisted Mary and Jesus in their needs by his work and introduced the Son of God to human labors.  For this reason, on the day when labor is commemorated in many parts of the world, Christian workers venerate him as an exemplar and protector.

The commemoration of Saint Jeremiah the Prophet, who, in the time of Joachim and Zedekiah, kings of Judah, warning about the overthrow of the Holy City and the deportation of the people, suffered many persecutions, for which reason the Church holds him to be a figure of the suffering Christ.  Moreover, he foretold the new and eternal covenant which would be enacted by Christ Jesus himself, by which the Father would write his law on the heart of the sons of Israel, that he might be their God and they might be his people.

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May Holy Mary and all the saints intercede to the Lord for us, that we may merit to be helped and saved by him who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

V. Precious in the sight of the Lord

R. Is the death of his holy ones.

V. May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.  And may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in pace.

R. Amen

[To learn about praying this and other Martyrology entries, see this page.]

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Author: Dr. Holmes

Dr. Jeremy Holmes teaches Theology at Wyoming Catholic College. He lives in Wyoming with his wife, Jacinta, and their eight children.

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