01 March 2009

March 2009

Sanctus Ioseph, Ora Pro Nobis

March is dedicated to St. Joseph, the chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and "Earth Dad" to our Lord Jesus Christ. His feast day is on March 19. St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, Carpenters, Doubters, Travelers, House Hunters, and of a Happy Death.

GUARDIAN of virgins, and holy father Joseph, to whose faithful custody Christ Jesus, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were committed; I pray and beseech thee, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart, and chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life. Amen

The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for March

* Dignity of Women. That all nations of our world may grow in appreciation of the dignity and value of women and their roles in society.

* Church Unity in China. That all the bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and laity of the Catholic Church in China may strive to be instruments of unity, communion, and peace, as enjoined by the letter sent to them by Pope Benedict XVI.

Feast Days

St. David of Wales (March 1)
St. Katherine Drexel (March 3)
40 Martyrs of Sebaste (March 9 Byzantine)
St. Benedict of Nursia (March 14 Byzantine)
St. Patrick of Ireland (March 17)
St. Cyril of Jerusalem (March 18)
Annunciation of the Theotokos (March 25)

*Lent continues throughout the month

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