Monday [G]ospel [P]rayer [S]tudy - "he was a righteous man..."
GOSPEL - Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
Chaplet of Saint Joseph
Prayer #57 from the
Oratory: Place of Prayer Book
Joseph, son of David, and husband of Mary; we honor you, guardian of the Redeemer, and we adore the child you named Jesus. Saint Joseph, patron of the universal church, pray for us, that like you we may live totally dedicated to the interests ofthe Savior. Amen.
When using a Rosary for the chaplet, this prayer is prayed on the Hail Mary beads.
Monday is dedicated to the Holy Spirit & the Holy Souls in Purgatory
STUDY - An excerpt from Link to Liturgy Lesson
Who was St. Joseph?
Everything we know of St. Joseph comes from Scripture. The Gospel’s of both Matthew and Luke trace Joseph’s lineage back to King David.
Why is that important?
This is important because it fulfills God’s promise to David that He would establish His kingdom with his own flesh and blood. 
Joseph was a simple carpenter who worked hard and earned a modest wage. We see in the Gospel that he was betrothed to Mary but planned on breaking off their marriage due to her pregnancy. However, Joseph believes the angel of the Lord who appears to him, choosing to take Mary as his wife and raise the Son of God. We are unsure when Joseph died, but the Church teaches that he had passed before the Crucifixion. Joseph is not mentioned in any of the Gospels as being present at the Crucifixion. While on the Cross, Jesus tells John “Behold your mother” and we are told “from that hour the disciple took her into his own.”  If Joseph were still living, Jesus would not have given Mary’s care over to St. John. The Church sees this act of giving Mary to St. John as his mother and giving John to Mary as her son as the giving of Mary as mother to all disciples. Thus we dare to call the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church.
Why would St. Joseph divorce Mary?
Joseph is described in the Gospel as a righteous man, a devout observer of the Mosaic Law.  According to the Law, he and Mary’s betrothal was the first binding step in their marriage. Once Mary was found to be with child, Joseph made the compassionate decision to divorce her quietly and save her from a shameful exposition. He knew if he were to expose Mary in public that she could be held to a trial and possibly stoned to death. This was his intention until the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream.
Why did St. Joseph choose to believe his dream?
St. Joseph believes his dream because the angel echoes Isaiah “She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  Mary is the fulfillment of a prophecy that Joseph would have known, being a devout Jew. However, even Satan can quote scripture. It is ultimately St. Joseph’s humility and faith in God that gives him the wisdom to accept and follow the angel’s orders. Joseph was a “son of David,” and would have been familiar with Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah would come from the “house of David.” Joseph had confidence that God had a plan for his life. He participated with God’s plan in two important ways: by lifting his mind to God in prayer and by constant hope and trust in God’s plan no matter how strange it might seem.
How do we know for sure God has a plan for us?
We know with confidence that God has a plan for our lives because He tells us that he does. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Psalm 16 reads, “O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; it is you yourself who are my prize. The lot marked out for me is my delight: welcome indeed the heritage that falls to me!”  God’s plan for each of us is to attain heaven and eternal union with Him. We reach that goal by the unique heritage and path that God has set out for each of us. We can take Saint Joseph as an example of living a life through obedience and trust in the plan God has marked out.
 2 Samuel 7:12-17
 John 19:27
 NAB pg. 12 Matthew’s Gospel
 Isaiah 7:12
 Jeremiah 29:11
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