DAY 5: 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 5 REFLECTION: “JOSEPH, A FAITHFUL SHARER IN CHRIST’S SACRIFICIAL SUFFERINGS”

The third sorrow of St. Joseph attests to the pain Joseph also experienced when the blood of Jesus was first shed at his circumcision. This is true because witnessing the circumcision of one’s child and the response of the infant to the excruciating pain can cause further discomfort, agony, pain and shock on the part of the parents. In sharing the pain of Christ at his circumcision, Joseph also shared in Christ’s sacrificial suffering. How can we understand this better? The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC #515), categorically states: “From the swaddling clothes of his birth to the vinegar of his Passion and the shroud of his Resurrection, everything in Jesus’ life was a sign of his mystery.” In consonance, CCC #517 affirms: “Christ’s whole life is a mystery of redemption. Redemption comes to us above all through the blood of his cross, but this mystery is at work throughout Christ’s entire life…” Thus, our redemption already commenced with Christ’s incarnation, birth, circumcision, etc., which reached its culmination in Christ’s death and resurrection. It is pertinent to note that the “saving act” of Christ was demonstrated when Christ first shed His blood at his circumcision (which culminated in his passion, death, and resurrection), little wonder he was named Jesus (Saviour) at his circumcision. As a sharer of Christ’s sacrificial pain, today, St. Joseph is sharing in Christ’s glory in heaven.

Dear friends in Christ, before we share in Christ’s glory in heaven, we must also share in His sufferings. Like St. Joseph, we too can share in Christ’s sufferings by contemplating scripturally on them and learning to unite our sufferings with that of Christ. As Pope Saint John Paul II writes: “The very participation in Christ’s suffering finds, in these apostolic expressions, as it were a twofold dimension. If one becomes a sharer in the sufferings of Christ, this happens because Christ has opened his suffering to man, because he himself in his redemptive suffering has become, in a certain sense, a sharer in all human sufferings.” (cf. Salvifici Doloris #20)

Prayer: Almighty God, you gave St. Joseph the privilege of sharing in your son’s sacrificial pain. Grant that by imitating his virtues, we may offer our sufferings and crosses more deeply to you, as a response to the gospel message of Christ. 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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Jennifer
Jennifer
1 month ago

St Joseph, Spouse of Mary, pray for us. Amen.

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 month ago

“before we share in Christ’s glory in heaven, we must also share in His sufferings”
Pray for us St. Joseph that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 month ago

No cross without crown and no crown without cross. Help us St Joseph that we may bear our suffering in union with Christ

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
1 month ago

*St Joseph, amid the splendours of God’s loving presence, do not forget the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep.*

May we obtain the favours we seek through the glorious intercession of St Joseph.

Amen

Nneka
Nneka
1 month ago

St Joseph pray for us Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 month ago

Almighty God, you gave St. Joseph the privilege of sharing in your son’s sacrificial pain. Grant that by imitating his virtues, we may offer our sufferings and crosses more deeply to you, as a response to the gospel message of Christ. Amen.

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