Monday, 10th December 2018

St Joseph

To the left of the altar, Saint Joseph is depicted with the two turtledoves that he offered at the presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple (Lk. 2: 25). According to the Jewish Law (Lev. 5:7) the turtledoves are the offering of a poor man who cannot afford a sheep. Placed close to the altar, Saint Joseph invites us to approach the liturgy in a spirit of justice and humility. Beside the ambo from which the Word of God is proclaimed, an angel holds a burning lamp: “your words are a light for my step and a lamp for my path” (Ps. 119: 105). May the proclamation of the Word enlighten our steps and show us the way to God the Father.