During this Year of Saint Joseph, you might like to pray this “Akathist” Hymn in honour of Saint Joseph, either in part or in whole.
Akathist hymns are celebrated mainly in the Eastern Rite of both the Catholic and Orthodox Traditions. Akathist literally means “unseated”, i.e. the hymn is to be sung or recited while standing.
Akathists are dedicated to holy events, saints or a person of the Trinity. There exist at least 1,500 Akathists.
You will find in the text these words: “Kontakion”, which means “stick” or “rod” around which a scroll is rolled (scrolls were the ordinary form in which writings were kept when the Akathists first appeared); “Ikos”, which means a stanza; “apolytikion”, which means dismissal; and “troparion” which is a short hymn usually of one stanza.
The text of this Akathist is very rich and offers a great deal of food for thought and prayer about the great and glorious St. Joseph.
THE AKATHIST HYMN IN HONOR OF THE RIGHTEOUS JOSEPH, THE BETROTHED OF THE MOST-HOLY VIRGIN, MARY
Rejoice! For you set your heart to understand the law of God!
Rejoice! Earthly carpenter who was vouchsafed to be called the father of the heavenly Architect!
Desiring to save from the malice of Herod, Him that had come to save the world, O wondrous Joseph, you did not question the angel that commanded you to flee into Egypt, by saying: “Could He that saves others not save Himself”? But being a man of faith, like a new Abraham, ever ready for obedience, giving no thought to the rigors of the journey, nor considering the time of return, you did straightway take yourself to Egypt with Mary and the Babe, joyously crying out to God: ALLELUIA!
Rejoice! Wondrous carpenter, in whose home the Creator of Heaven and earth made His abode!
Rejoice! You that beheld and were witness that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man!