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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ST. JOSEPH / SPY WEDNESDAY

On this Wednesday of Holy Week St. Joseph is commemorated. He was of the house of Jacob and the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Lutheran Service Book commemorates him as the "Guardian of Jesus." The LSB verse reads, "When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him." [Matt. 1:24a] The Collect reads:
"Almighty God, from the house of Your servant David You raised up Joseph to be the guardian of Your incarnate Son and the husband of His mother, Mary. Grant us grace to follow the example of this faithful workman in heeding Your counsel and obeying Your commands; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."
(Lutheran Service Book: Propers of the Day, pp. 407-8)

Traditionally, today is known as "Spy Wednesday," the day that commemorates Judas' betrayal of Jesus on the eve of the Last Supper.

3 comments:

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

Correction and further comment: Since the Ferias of Holy Week are of the first class, Holy Wednesday takes precedence over the commemoration of St. Joseph. Where that leaves St. Joseph is still unresolved. The Gottesdienst Liturgical Calendar (Lutheran) moves it to April 1 but how that date was chosen is not clear.

Anonymous said...

Rome says the observation was to be moved to the Saturday prior to Holy Week.

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

Thank you! In my preparations for Palmarum and Holy Week this year I overlooked that. My pocket liturgical calendar confirms this.