Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I'd like to take a moment to wish all the dads out there a very happy and blessed Father's Day! We've been enjoying the day here, honoring Thad for the tremendous gift and blessing he is in our lives. I hope all the fathers are being told this by their families, too!

At Mass this morning, our choir sang a song in honor of St. Joseph. As the foster-father of Jesus he is the model of Christian fatherhood, and fathers who look to him for examples and who pray for his intercession will never be left unaided.

The song is titled "O Blessed St. Joseph," and the tune can be heard here.

The lyrics are:

O blessed Saint Joseph, how great was thy worth,
The one chosen shadow of God upon earth,
The father of Jesus! Ah, then, wilt thou be,
Sweet spouse of our Lady! a father to me?

For thou to the pilgrim art father and guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe by thy side;
Ah, blessed Saint Joseph, how safe I should be,
Sweet spouse of our Lady! if thou wert with me!

When the treasures of God were unsheltered on earth,
Safekeeping was found for them both in thy worth:
O father of Jesus, be father to me,
Sweet spouse of our Lady! and I will love thee.

Happy Father's Day!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

foster father would be an inappropriate title.

Red Cardigan said...

Actually, anonymous, foster father is a long-standing title for St. Joseph.

See here:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08504a.htm

or here:

http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Josephology/Josephology_001.htm

or here:

http://www.domestic-church.com/CONTENT.DCC/19980301/SAINTS/STJOE.HTM

or here:

http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/JOSEPH2.htm

I think the confusion arises because today in America a "foster father" or "foster parent" is expected to be a merely temporary guardian while the child awaits adoption or restoration to his biological parents. But the title has been in use for St. Joseph for a very long time.