Saint Joseph - Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Protector of our Order

March 19, 2016
March 19, 2017
March 19, 2018
March 19, 2019
March 19, 2020
OCD commemoration: 
Patron of the Order

When March 19 falls on a Sunday of Lent, the solemnity is transferred to the following day. When the feast falls during Holy Week or the Octave of Easter, it is transferred to the Monday after the Octave of Easter.

The feast of Saint Joseph, celebrated by the entire Church, has special significance for Carmelites, and, in particular, for the Order of Discalced Carmelites. Our Holy Mother Saint Teresa found in Saint Joseph an unparalleled protector, intercessor and friend.


Exult, ye circling spheres, and vent your joy!

Thou ponderous globe, give echo to the strain,

While we, O Joseph, heart and voice employ

As suppliants thy patronage to gain


Our Mother, Saint Teresa, turned to thee,

As her protecting guide, her strong defense,

Thy vested office gave her surety

Of aid in trial from Omnipotence.


When oft by racking torture crucified,

She lay a victim in the grasp of pain,

The soothing aid of healer’s art denied,

Hopeless through human skill her health to gain,



When scarce upheld upon her trembling knees,

Sick unto death with pain beyond compare,

Thy healing hand conferred the longed-for ease,

In thee she found fulfillment of her prayer.


And not alone her life thou didst renew,

But solving hidden questions of the mind,

Thy light, as learned doctor, clear and true,

Illumed the mystic secrets it divined.


O glorious Trinity! we humbly pray, 

Through Joseph’s merits we, with strength endued,

May journey safe upon our heavenward way,

To sing at length eternal gratitude. Plaudant aetheri sidera verticis