Devotions to Saint Joseph |
Today is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. Outside of the Blessed Virgin Mary, no earthly saint has more titles. Holy Joseph is known as:
- Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Foster-father of Jesus
- Patron of the universal Church
- Patron of a Happy Death
- Model of Righteousnes
- Protector of Children
- Hope of the Sick
- Consolation of the Poor
- Rescuer of Sinners
- Solace of the Afflicted
- Model of Christian Workers
- Patron of those who fight Communism
- Patron of Priests and Seminarians
- Model of Single Men and Married Men
- Guardian of Virgins
- Safeguard of Families
"In October I will perform a miracle so that everyone can believe in the
apparitions.... St. Joseph will come with the Holy Child to bring peace to
the world." This was
Our Lady's prediction of the miracle of Fatima, 1917.
The great holy reformer Saint Teresa of Avila had a tremendous devotion to Saint Joseph
as we see from "The Autobiography of St. Teresa", chapter 6
"I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Joseph and commended
myself earnestly to him; and I found that this my father and lord delivered
me both from this trouble and also from other and greater troubles
concerning my honor and the loss of my soul, and that he gave me greater
blessings than I could ask of him. I do not remember even now that I have
ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at
the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint,
and at the perils from which He has freed me, both in body and in soul. To
other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succor us in some of our
necessities but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succors us
in them all and that the Lord wishes to teach us that as He was Himself
subject to him on earth (for, being His guardian and being called His
father, he could command Him) just so in Heaven He still does all that he
asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have
advised to commend themselves to him; and even to-day there are many who
have great devotion to him through having newly experienced this truth."
"I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for
I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I
have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him
particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives
very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now,
I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I
have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he
directs it aright for my greater good."
"I only beg, for the love of God, that anyone who does not believe me will
put what I say to the test, and he will see by experience what great
advantages come from his commending himself to this glorious patriarch and
having devotion to him. Those who practice prayer should have a special
affection for him always. I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen
of the Angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Child
Jesus, without giving thanks to Saint Joseph for the way he helped them. If
anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this
glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray."
Novena to St. Joseph
O Glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to thee do we
raise our hearts and hands to implore thy powerful intercession in
obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary
for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy
death, and the special favor we now implore.
O guardian of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that
thy prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
[Then the following V. and R. are to be said seven times, in honor of the
seven joys or sorrows of St. Joseph.]
V. O glorious St. Joseph, through the love thou dost bear to Jesus Christ,
and for the glory of His name,
R. Hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
O Glorious St. Joseph, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a
pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine
will. Be my guide, father, and model through life, that I may merit to die
as thou didst in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
(Indulgence of 5 years on any day.)
The Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph
1. The sorrow St. Joseph had when he was minded to put away his stainless
The joy he had when the archangel revealed the sublime mystery of the
Indulgenced Prayers in honor of St. Joseph
2. The sorrow St. Joseph had in seeing the infant Jesus born in abject poverty.
The joy he had in hearing the harmony of angel choirs, and beholding the
glory of that night.
3. The sorrow St. Joseph had when the Precious Blood of the infant Savior
was shed at His circumcision.
The joy given with the Name of Jesus.
4. The sorrow St. Joseph had at the prophecy of Simeon foretelling the
sufferings of Jesus and Mary.
The joy given, at the same time, of the prediction of salvation and
glorious resurrection of innumerable souls.
5. The sorrow St. Joseph had in his toil to nurture and to serve the Son of
the Most High, especially in the flight he made with Him into Egypt.
The joy he had in having God Himself always with him, and to see the
overthrow of the idols of Egypt.
6. The sorrow St. Joseph had by the fear of Archelaus.
The joy he had in returning with Jesus from Egypt to Nazareth, and the
reassurance of the angel.
7. The sorrow St. Joseph had when through no fault of his, he lost Jesus,
the holy Child, and searched for Him in great anguish for three days.
The joy he had when finding Him amidst the doctors in the Temple.
Grant, O holy Joseph, that, ever secure under thy protection, we may pass
our lives without sin.
(Ind. of 300 days.)
St. Joseph, foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and true spouse of
Mary ever Virgin, pray for us.
(Ind. of 300 days.)
St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
pray for us.
(Ind. of 300 days.)
EDITOR'S NOTES: Part of this was taken with permission from www.catholic-dispatch.com
March 19, 2002
volume 13, no. 52
THE SANITY OF SANCTITY