Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Yes, we are allowed to have meat today, and I have a lovely leg of lamb roasting in the oven; potatoes and carrots are roasting in their own dishes, potatoes with a sprinkling of olive oil and some garlic and herbs, carrots with butter and basil. Even if you're not eating meat, do celebrate--our dear heavenly friend is being honored as he gives glory to God!
There's a beautiful song in honor of Saint Joseph which is particularly fitting for today. Listen to it here (click the button for the MIDI file); the lyrics are below:
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.