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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Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição, Paulo Ramos, Maranhão, Brazil
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Jennifer
Jennifer
2 years ago

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

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

St Joseph pray for us Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years 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.

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

St. Joseph… Pray for us.

Jenny Nwatu
Jenny Nwatu
2 years ago

St. Joseph, pray for us

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

St. Joseph pray for that God that Osi and Bimbo will bring out the best of one another.

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
1 year ago

St Joseph, pray for us, especially those who are pregnant and in labor, to deliver safely in Jesus name, Amen.

Ayaka Daniel
Ayaka Daniel
1 year ago

St Continue to intercede for us

Ayo-Ogbor Augustina
Ayo-Ogbor Augustina
1 year ago

St Joseph pray for us Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

May we be given the grace to to share in Christ sufferings & to attain in his glory in heaven. St
Joseph help us through your intercession. Amen.

Nwabude Nwamaka
Nwabude Nwamaka
1 year ago

Pray for us, St Joseph. Be a model to our spouses. Amen.

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
1 year ago

St Joseph pray for us

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

Amen

Ify
Ify
1 year ago

Amen

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
1 year ago

Pray for us St. Joseph that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

Faustykelly
Faustykelly
1 year ago

St Joseph minister of Salvation, pray for us.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

St Joseph……pray for us
Amen

Hanim
Hanim
1 year ago

Oh! St. Joseph, obtain for us the favour we ask through Jesus Christ or Lord. Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen.

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

Oh holy St Joseph, since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, answer my petition for my sick daughter please

Dorothy Abaver
Dorothy Abaver
1 year ago

St Joseph pray for us

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Joseph Pray for us Amen

Markus dauda
Markus dauda
1 year ago

St Joseph the spouse pray for us .

Emilia
Emilia
1 year ago

Amen

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
1 year ago

St Joseph, pray for us

Jesus-Pikin
Jesus-Pikin
1 year ago

Amen Lord

Grace Wanan Ityosaa
Grace Wanan Ityosaa
1 year ago

,

Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
1 year ago

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.

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
1 year ago

Amen

Clement
Clement
1 year ago

Amen.

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

St Joseph, Pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

Mojisola
Mojisola
1 year ago

Amen

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
1 year ago

Lord help me to share in your pain, help me to understand you and put all my hope and trust in You…..i ask this through the intercession of St. Joseph. Amen

Igwesi Victoria
Igwesi Victoria
1 year ago

St Joseph our Protector pray for my Mr Hyacinth, intercede in his health and business

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

St. Joseph, Pray for all my intentions

Juliet Chinenye
Juliet Chinenye
1 year ago

Amen

Rosemary
Rosemary
1 year ago

Amen

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
1 year ago

Pray for us, o holy Joseph.

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

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
1 year ago

Lord have mercy

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

Oh St. Joseph, pray for Us

Agbalu Glory francisca
Agbalu Glory francisca
1 year 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.

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago

Amen

Juliet Arinze
Juliet Arinze
1 year ago

Amen

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
2 months ago

St Joseph Spouse of Virgin Mary, Mother of God pray for us

Henry
Henry
2 months ago

Pray for us, o holy Joseph.

Akaju Rita Adaeze
Akaju Rita Adaeze
2 months ago

St Joseph, guardian of the Infant Jesus, pray for us Amen.

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