DAY 3: SEVEN (7) SORROWS AND JOYS OF SAINT JOSEPH // REFLECTION ON SAINT JOSEPH

1. Leader: Chaste Lover of Mary, how overwhelmed you were when you thought that you would have to end your betrothal to her. But when the angel of God came to you in a dream, you were filled with awe to realize that Mary would be your wife, and you would be the guardian of the Messiah.

All: Help us, St. Joseph, help our families and all our loved ones to overcome all sadness of heart and develop an absolute trust in God’s goodness.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

2. Leader: Faithful guardian of Jesus, what a failure you thought you were when you could only provide a stable for the birth of the Holy Child. And then what a wonder it was when shepherds came to tell of angel choirs, and wise men came to adore the King of Kings.

All: Through your example and prayers, help us St. Joseph and all we love to become like sinless mangers where the Savior of the world may be received with absolute love and respect.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

3. Leader: Tender-hearted Joseph, you too felt pain when the blood of Jesus was first shed at His circumcision. Yet how proud you were to be the one privileged to give the name Jesus, Savior, to the very Son of God.

All: Pray for us St. Joseph, that the sacred blood of Christ, poured out for our salvation, may guard our families, so the Divine Name of Jesus may be written in our hearts forever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

4. Leader: Joseph, loving husband, how bewildered you were when Simeon spoke the words of warning that the hearts of Jesus and Mary would be pierced with sorrows. Yet his prediction that this would lead to the salvation of innumerable souls filled you with consolation.

All: Help us, St. Joseph, to see with eyes of faith that even the sorrows and pains of those we deeply love can become the pathway to salvation and eternal life.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

5. Leader: Courageous protector of the Holy Family, how terrified you were when you had to make the sudden flight with Jesus and Mary to escape the treachery of King Herod and the cruelty of his soldiers. But when you reached Egypt, what satisfaction you had to know that the Savior of the world had come to replace the pagan idols.

All: Teach us by your example, St. Joseph, to keep far from the false idols of earthly attractions, so that like you, we may be entirely devoted to the service of Jesus and Mary.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

6. Leader: Ever-obedient Joseph, you trustingly returned to Nazareth at God’s command, in spite of your fear that King Herod’s son might still be a threat to Jesus’ life. Then what fatherly pride you had in seeing Jesus grow in wisdom and grace before God and men under your care.

All: Show us, St. Joseph, how to be free from all useless fear and worry, so we may enjoy the peace of a tranquil conscience, living safely with Jesus and Mary in our hearts.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

7. Leader: Dependable father and husband, how frantic you and Mary were when, through no fault of yours, you searched for three days to find Jesus. What incredible relief was yours when you found Him safe in the Temple of God.

All: Help us, St. Joseph, never to lose Jesus through the fault of our own sins. But if we should lose Him, lead us back with unwearied sorrow, until we find Him again; so that we, like you, may finally pass from this life, dying safely in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

Leader: Pray for us, o holy Joseph.

All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader: Let us pray.

All: O blessed St. Joseph, tenderhearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, I pray and beseech you to offer to God the Father my praise to Him through his divine Son, who died on the cross and rose again to give us sinners new life. Through the holy name of Jesus, pray with us that we may obtain from the eternal Father, the favour we ask . . . (make your request) . . . We have been unfaithful to the unfailing love of God the Father; beg of Jesus mercy for us. Amid the splendours of God’s loving presence, do not forget the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep. By your prayers and those of your most holy spouse, our Blessed Lady, may the love of Jesus answer our call of confident hope. Amen.

DAY 3 REFLECTION: “’GO TO JOSEPH’ (On the need of reawakening devotion to St. Joseph)”

To the people who were suffering from the famine in Egypt, the Pharaoh said: “Go to Joseph, do what he tells you” (Gen. 41:55). And Joseph, the most important personality of the kingdom after the Pharaoh and custodian of his treasures, distributed goods that had been accumulated in times of abundance. In the same way, “St. Joseph in the New Testament is one whom God has entrusted His most precious treasures: Jesus and Mary”(cf. Bro. Bartholomew Calvano, OP). In consonance with the foregoing, Pope Pius IX in declaring St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church (in Quemadmodum Deus), explains: “As Almighty God appointed Joseph, son of the patriarch Jacob, over all the land of Egypt to save grain for the people, so when the fullness of time had come and He was about to send to earth His only-begotten Son, the Saviour of the world, He chose another Joseph, of whom the first had been the type, and He made him the lord and chief of His household and possessions, the guardian of His choicest treasures.”

“Go to Joseph” (Ite ad Joseph) – the Magisterium of the Church tells us, and the saints repeat to us (See the following documents: “Redemptoris Custos” of Pope John Paul II; “Quamquam Pluries” of Pope Leo XIII; “Inclytum Patriarcham” of Pope Pius IX; “Quemadmodum Deus” of Pope Pius IX; “Bonum Sane” of Pope Benedict XV; “Le voci” of Pope John XXII). Therefore, the Church invites us to have recourse, with unreserved confidence, to this powerful saint. In all our necessities, whether of soul or body — in all the trials and anxieties we may have to go through — let us have recourse to St. Joseph, and we shall not be disappointed.

Prayer: Lord God, you chose Joseph as the custodian of your choicest treasures on earth; grant, we pray that your Church on earth would always have recourse to this great saint and patriarch, and continually foster devotions to him till the end of time. Amen.

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Shalom!
© By Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição, Paulo Ramos, Maranhão, Brazil
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Michael Umande
Michael Umande
2 years ago

To whom do we turn to? But to you O Joseph!

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
2 years ago

Show us, St. Joseph, how to be free from all useless fear and worry, so we may enjoy the peace of a tranquil conscience, living safely with Jesus and Mary in our hearts
Amen.

Nneka
Nneka
2 years ago

St Joseph pray for us Amen

Maureen
Maureen
11 months ago
Reply to  Nneka

Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

Lord God, you chose Joseph as the custodian of your choicest treasures on earth; grant, we pray that your Church on earth would always have recourse to this great saint and patriarch, and continually foster devotions to him till the end of time. Amen.

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Dear St. Joseph, your prayers and those of your most holy spouse, our Blessed Lady, may the love of Jesus answer our call of confident hope. Amen.

Maureen
Maureen
11 months ago
Reply to  Adaeze

AMEN

Nneka Casmira
Nneka Casmira
1 year ago

Amen

Colette
Colette
1 year ago

“Go to Joseph”Pray for us o holy Saint Joseph that we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.
Amen

Fimbert Chikere Madu 561
Fimbert Chikere Madu 561
11 months ago

At Joseph de pray for us

Ayo-Ogbor Augustina
Ayo-Ogbor Augustina
11 months ago

St Joseph pray for us Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
11 months ago

St. Joseph help us to be free from fear & worry that through your prayer God will direct way of life for better.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
11 months ago

Lord grant us the grace to bring Your Succour to those in poor health

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
11 months ago

St. Joseph pray for us, especially for all those who are suffering internal illness, in Jesus name, Amen.

Nwabude Nwamaka
Nwabude Nwamaka
11 months ago

St Joseph, pray for us.

Georgemary
Georgemary
11 months ago

Saint Joseph patron of the universal Church.
Pray for us

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
11 months ago

St Joseph, pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
11 months ago

St Joseph pray for us.

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
11 months ago

Through the intercession of the St Joseph, may the Almighty bless,hear and answer all our petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen

Sabina Onyebi
Sabina Onyebi
11 months ago

St Joseph pray for us, Amen.

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
11 months ago

St Joseph pray for us

Ominyi Ada
Ominyi Ada
11 months ago

May Saint Joseph grant us God’s unending protection as the Father of the Holy family, Amen.

Mojisola
Mojisola
11 months ago

Amen

christiana
christiana
11 months ago

Amen

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
11 months ago

Amen.
Ite ad Joseph! Go to Joseph.

Vivian
Vivian
11 months ago

Dear St. Joseph, please always be the custodian and protector of our families IJN Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
11 months ago

St. Joseph, Pray for us

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
11 months ago

Amen.

Faustykelly
Faustykelly
11 months ago

St Joseph, Minister of Salvation, pray for us

Anyaogu Raphael
Anyaogu Raphael
11 months ago

St Joseph I come to you shield me like you shelter our lord jesus from sickness and infemities

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
11 months ago

St Joseph…pray for us
Amen!!!!

Ify
Ify
11 months ago

Amen

Felicity
Felicity
11 months ago

Amen

Jesus-Pikin
Jesus-Pikin
11 months ago

Amen

Regina Ikpeni
Regina Ikpeni
11 months ago

St Joseph chaste spouse of the virgin mother pray for us. Amen

Margaret orevaoghene
Margaret orevaoghene
11 months ago

May I Margaret receive God’s understanding in all revelations given to me, and i pray that margaret will have a family like the holy family with Frank Dimlong through your intercession

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
11 months ago

Saint Joseph Pray for us Amen

Maryjoy Ifeyinwa.
Maryjoy Ifeyinwa.
11 months ago

St Joseph, patron saint of the migrants, pray for us!!!

Margaret
Margaret
11 months ago

Amen

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
11 months ago

Oh God thank you for answered prayers Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
11 months ago

St Joseph
Pray For Us

Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
11 months ago

Go to Joseph!

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Hanim
Hanim
11 months ago

Oh St. Joseph, obtain for us our intentions.
Amen

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
11 months ago

St Joseph pray for my husband,Children,Parents,Parents in-law,siblings and everyone that concerns me in Jesus mighty Amen

Rosemary
Rosemary
11 months ago

Blessed St. Joseph, pray for us who have recourse to thee in our trials and anxieties

Igwesi Victoria
Igwesi Victoria
11 months ago

St Joseph our Protector, pray for us

Grace Wanan Ityosaa
Grace Wanan Ityosaa
11 months ago

Saint Joseph, and pray for us

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
11 months ago

Oh St Joseph… Please Pray for Me and My Family, Amen!

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
11 months ago

Amen

Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
11 months ago

Show us st Joseph how to be free from useless fear & worry and help us build our confidence

Comfort
Comfort
11 months ago

St. Joseph, guardian of our Lord Jesus Christ pray for us

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
11 months ago

O blessed St. Joseph, tenderhearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, Pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

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