O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation.
Our Lady, who appeared in many visions to young Saint Bernadette Soubirous, proclaimed to “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette, who was poor and sickly, decried the woman as “dressed in a white robe, girded at the waist with a blue ribbon. She wore upon her head a white veil which gave just a glimpse of hair.
Joseph faithfully and obediently accepted the will of God, and he fulfilled God’s trust in him by caring for, protecting, and guarding God’s greatest treasures upon earth: Jesus and Mary. In the Gospel, St. Joseph was called to be the husband of Mary, and in accepting to do so, he was also taking the responsibility to take charge of and protect Jesus as his son.