The Sanity of Sanctity (apr22sos.htm)


FRIDAY
April 22, 2005
vol 16, no. 112

Nine Day Novena to Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church
            In an effort to storm Heaven with prayers that Benedict XVI will turn out to be a St. Benedict and not a Benedict Arnold, we call upon his patron saint to guide him to truly become a universal holy father and abandon the path to perdition embarked on by Vatican II, and return Eternal Rome to the Holy See and all of Christendom. This Novena runs from April 22 to April 30 leading into the universal Feast of St. Joseph the Worker for, indeed, there is much work to do in refashioning Christ's one, true Church as He intended.
Day One - April 22

    Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.


The man nearest to Christ Jesus was His foster father, Joseph the carpenter. John the Baptist saw Christ briefly near the Jordan and knew that his work as Precursor was over. The Apostles lived and worked with Christ during the brief days of His public life. But Joseph presided over the events of Christ's Infancy, provided for Him the house that sheltered Him from birth to baptism, and was of all the men of earth the one at whose hands Jesus received most in service and love and unselfish devotion. Born of a royal line, Joseph was a carpenter. That trade he passed on to his foster Son. Joseph was destined to immortal honors of the Church, yet no spoken word of his is recorded in the Scriptures. Still the Church with good reason cries out, "Go to Joseph." This injunction we confidently obey as we pray:

    The Prayer of Saint Joseph

    O God, who in thine ineffable providence was pleased to choose blessed Joseph for the spouse of thy most holy Mother, grant we beseech thee, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom we venerate as our protector on earth. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.


Litany to Saint Joseph

      Lord, have mercy on us
      Christ, have mercy on us.
      Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
      Christ, graciously hear us.
      God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
      God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
      God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
      Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
      Holy Mary, pray for us.
      Saint Joseph, pray for us.
      Renowned descendant of David, pray for us.
      Light of patriarchs, pray for us.
      Husband of the Mother of God, pray for us.
      Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
      Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
      Watchful protector of Christ, pray for us.
      Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
      Joseph most just, pray for us.
      Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
      Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
      Joseph most strong, pray for us.
      Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
      Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
      Mirror of patience, pray for us.
      Lover of poverty, pray for us.
      Model of workmen, pray for us.
      Glory of home life, pray for us.
      Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
      Protector of families, pray for us.
      Comfort of the distressed, pray for us.
      Hope of the sick, pray for us.
      Patron of the dying, pray for us.
      Terror of demons, pray for us.
      Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
      Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
      Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
      Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
      He made him lord of his house, And prince of all his possessions.

      Let us pray
        O God, Who didst deign to elect Blessed Joseph spouse of Thy most holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may have him whom we venerate as our protector on earth as our intercessor in Heaven. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

    The following prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire or shall be overpowered in battle. It is intended to be said for nine days for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail and so, if we all commit the intention to the freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother Church how can we fail?

Prayer to Saint Joseph

    Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.


Friday
April 22, 2005
vol 16, no. 112
The Sanity of Sanctity