Solemnity of St. Joseph
Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:
Joseph never doubted God's presence. He was strengthened in his faith.
I said, "I will be watchful of my ways
for fear I should sin with my tongue.
I will put a curb on my lips
when the wicked stand before me."
I was silent and still.
Their prosperity stirred my grief.
My heart was burning within me.
In my thoughts a fire blazed forth;
my tongue burst into speech:
"You have shown me the end of my life,
the shortness of my days.
O God, now I know how frail I am.
You have given me a short span of days;
my life is as nothing in your sight.
A mere breath, those who stood so firm,
a mere shadow, those passing by,
a mere breath, the riches they hoard,
not knowing who will have them."
And now, what is there to wait for?
In you rests all my hope.
Set me free from all my sin;
do not make me the taunt of the fool.
I was silent, not opening my lips,
because this was all your doing.
Take away your scourge from me.
I am crushed by your strength.
You punish our sinfulness and correct us;
like the moth you devour all our treasures.
Mortals are no more than a breath;
O God, hear my prayer.
Turn and hear my cry.
In your house I am a passing guest,
a pilgrim, like all who came before me.
Look away that I may breathe again
before I depart to be no more.
Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)
Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.