Saint Joseph, Patron of Canada
At the circumcision Joseph names the child “Jesus.” This is the only name in which there is salvation (cf. Acts 4.12). Its significance had been revealed to Joseph at the moment of his “annunciation”: “You shall call the child Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (cf. Mt 1.21). In conferring the name, Joseph declares his own legal fatherhood over Jesus, and in speaking the name he proclaims the child’s mission as Saviour.Redemptoris Custos, 12
(Apostolic Exhortation by Saint John Paul II, 1989)
For Those Who Have Died
Saint Joseph, Patron of Canada,
we ask that you intercede with your Son,
the Saviour of the world,
for those who have died,
that all who have passed from this world
may attain a share in eternal happiness
in the kingdom of heaven.
V. I will extol you, O Lord,
R. For you have drawn me up. (Ps 30.1)
Let us seek ways to learn from Saint Joseph “how to be
servants of the ‘economy of salvation’”.
( Redemptoris Custos, 32 )