Espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary January 23

On this day the Blessed Virgin was betrothed to St. Joseph.

Let us keep right earnestly the Bridal-Feast of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. The same is she whose lowliness the Lord regarded, she who by the message of an angel conceived the Savior of the world. — Third Responsory

The Imitation of Christ
I am the Lover of purity and the Giver of all sanctity.
Look up a picture of the espousal by the great Italian artist, Raphael. If you are interested to know why one of the young men on the side is breaking his staff, read the legend of the Blooming Rods.
In our day of so many unhappy homes, we do well to pray to St. Joseph for a blessing on our own home and on the homes of those we love.
Joseph was a just man.