** Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary**
**Greek Liturgy, Festal Menaion**
**Steward of the mysteries of God (1 Co 4,1)
*With his own eyes, Joseph, husband of Mary, beheld the fulfillment of prophecy. Chosen for this marriage most glorious, he received the revelation by the mouth of angels, singing: *“Glory to the Lord! For he has granted peace on earth” (Lk 2,14).
*O Joseph, declare to David, ancestor of the Man-God, the wonders your eyes have seen: you saw the child resting on the Virgin's breast,
you worshiped him with the wise men, you gave glory to God with the shepherds, according to the word of the angel.
Pray to Christ, our God, for the salvation of our souls.
As for you, O Joseph, when he was born of the Virgin, you received the great God into your arms, before whom tremble the heavenly powers, and by this you have been consecrated. Therefore we pay you honor.* *
Your soul has been obedient to God's commands. Filled with unequaled purity, you were worthy to receive as your bride she who is pure and immaculate among women; you were the guardian of this Virgin when she merited to become tabernacle of the Creator...*
He who, with a word, shaped the heavens, earth and sea, was called *“the son of a carpenter” (Mt 13,55) *, namely you, O worthy Joseph!
You were named the father of him who is without beginning and who gave you the glory of being the steward of an incomprehensible mystery...
Sacred guardian of the blessed Virgin, you sang this canticle with her: “O all you creatures,
bless the Lord, and exalt him for endless ages! Amen” (Dn 3,57).