Daily Martyrology for March 19

The solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, a just man of David’s lineage, who was the foster-father of the son of God, Christ Jesus, who chose to be called the son of Joseph and to be subject to him as a son to his father. He is venerated with special honor as patron of the church, because the Lord set him over his family. The feast was extended to the universal church after the Council of Trent.

In 797, twenty martyrs of the monastery of Mar Saba, executed by marauding bands of Arabs.

In 1945, at the Nazi prison camp of Gusen, Blessed Marcel Callo. Born in Brittany, he was active in the scouts and apprenticed as a printer. He joined the Young Christian Workers (Jocistes) when he was fourteen, and became a leader among them. He combined his early devotion to the Eucharistic body of Christ with a new appreciation of the Mystical Body. In 1943 he was requisitioned to work in Germany. There he joined with other Jocistes to arrange for Masses and various religious activities. For this he was arrested and sent to several prison camps, before he died of extreme physical abuse.

Tomorrow is the name day of our confrere, Br. José Echanove.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.