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Today we remember Joseph of Nazareth, who was faithful to God's call to be the spouse and protector of Mary, the mother of Jesus. 

During this pandemic, let us give thanks for all who, like Joseph, are caring for their spouses, children and loved ones in extraordinary and trying circumstances.

O GOD Most High, who from the family of thy servant David did raise up Joseph the carpenter to be protector of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord: Grant that we may so labour in our earthly vocations, that they may become labours of love and service offered unto thee, our Father; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Artwork: Julius Garibaldi Melchers, The Nativity