In many countries around the world on May Day (May 1st), the worker is celebrated. This day is somewhat like our American Labor Day, celebrating the glory of work and of those men and women who work and who make life as we know it possible. May Day does tend to have more political and left-leaning overtones than the September day familiar to most Americans.
In 1955, Pope Pius XII established May 1st as the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, as a way to underscore the dignity of human labor while giving working people a model and patron. As a carpenter, St. Joseph knew something about work!
St. Joseph’s intercession is invoked at the beginning of the work day, and against unemployment. In his memory we pray for all workers and those who seek employment.