8th December 2021- The new Icon will be blessed here at the Cathedral by Bishop Mark. The Sisters from Lynton will be joining us to sing vespers and everyone is invited to be here for this special moment ending the Year of St Joseph- as requested by Pope Francis. Our Icon will be a reminder of this special Year and will be placed in the Chapel of St Joseph in thanksgiving for the many blessings he has poured into our lives.
Prayer for the Year of St. Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
'Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.'
Pope Francis - Patris Corde