Thursday, January 24, 2013

Consecrate the month of March

It is a salutary practice and very praiseworthy, already established in some countries, to consecrate the month of March to the honour of the holy Patriarch by daily exercises of piety. Where this custom cannot be easily established, it is as least desirable, that before the feast-day, in the principal church of each parish, a triduo of prayer be celebrated. In those lands where the 19th of March - the Feast of St. Joseph - is not a Festival of Obligation, We exhort the faithful to sanctify it as far as possible by private pious practices, in honour of their heavenly patron, as though it were a day of Obligation.

-- LEO XIIIQUAMQUAM PLURIES
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON DEVOTION TO ST. JOSEPH
August 15th, 1889



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