Monday, March 19, 2012

St Joseph's Staircase?

Loretto Chapel Staircase

One of my favorite stories surrounding St Joseph, whose feast we celebrate today, is that of the amazing and beautiful spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico. The story goes that when the chapel was built, there was no way of getting to the choir loft. When the carpenters were consulted about building a staircase, the sisters were told that it would interfere in getting around in the small chapel and so a ladder would be the only answer.
Well the good sisters of the chapel were not satisfied with that solution, and began a novena to St Joseph, patron of carpenters. On the final day of the novena, a man appeared at the chapel looking for work. Several months later, the staircase that remains there today was completed. The man disappeared without leaving any trace of himself and without pay. Some believe it was St Joseph himself who built the staircase.
You can read more about this marvel and its history here.
In the meantime, let us ask St Joseph for his intercession in our own lives.

St Joseph, most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father to Our Lord Jesus Christ, pray for us, intercede for those we love. Renew and strengthen our Holy, Catholic Church, and bring all those who have died and will die today to a holy and happy death. 


marion Banks-Wilkinson said...

Looks like the defender of virgins heard their prayers! What a wonderful story and what craftsmanship.

Anne said...

I remember seeing a movie about that staircase-it was really good! I had thought it was a fictional story, had no idea it was real. The picture looks amazing! Happy Feast of St. Joseph, Karinann!

Colleen said...

I have seen that staircase in person! Awesome! I kept looking at it trying to figure it out, but there is just no figuring! No one knows how it could have been done! It goes straight up, no nails, it curves rather tightly. Amazing. Love this story and I am glad you reminded me about it! Thanks! God bless!

Daily Grace said...

I remember hearing about this.Amazing, thank you for sharing. How great that Colleen actually got to see it!

God bless

mary333 said...

I never heard this story before! And the staircase is beautiful!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.