— Saint Joseph the Worker —
Easter: Friday of the Fourth Week

“God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:3)

Saint Ambrose of Milan offers the following insight on this verse from today’s First Reading:

He created heaven and earth at the time when the months began, from which time it is fitting that the world took its rise. Then there was the mild temperature of spring, a season suitable for all things. Consequently the year too has the stamp of a world coming to birth. In order to show that the creation of the world took place in the spring, Scripture says: “This month shall be to you the beginning of months, it is for you the first in the months of the year,” calling the first month the springtime. It was fitting that the beginning of the year be the beginning of generation.” (Hexaemeron, 1)

O God,
Who laid down for the human race the law of work,
graciously grant
that by the example of
Saint Joseph and under his patronage
we may complete the works you set us to do
and attain the rewards you promise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord is risen. Alleluia!
He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen