Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness. For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens. “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant: ‘I will establish your line for ever, and preserve your throne for all generations.’”…He will say to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.’I will make him my firstborn and higher than the kings of the earth. I will keep my love for him for ever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.
I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of heaven.”
Psalm 89:1-4, 26-29 (Book of Common Prayer)
And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. …And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:39-40,51-52
Salutation to the Virgin Mary (opposite column)
O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother:Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever.Amen.(Collect for March 19, St. Joseph)