Sunday, 20 MARCH, at 5:00 pm
The All Saints Choir will offer Choral Evensong on Sunday, 20 March, at 5:00 pm to commemorate Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary and earthly father of Jesus. Featuring music by Henry Balfour Gardiner, Sarah MacDonald, John Stainer, and Maxine Thévenot.
From Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018
Joseph, a pious Jew, a descendant of David, and a carpenter by trade is honored in Christian tradition for the nurturing care and protection he provided for the infant Jesus and his mother in taking them to Egypt to escape Herod’s slaughter of the innocents, and in rearing him as a faithful Jew at Nazareth. The Gospel according to Matthew pictures Joseph as a man of deep devotion, open to mystical experiences, and as a man of compassion, who accepted his God- given responsibility with gentleness and humility.
He is considered the patron saint of the working man, one who not only worked with his hands, but taught his trade to Jesus. The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives an example of a loving husband and father.
Please download the leaflet for this service HERE.