In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all, because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belongs to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death. Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.
MEDITATION: DAY 1
(SAINT JOSEPH, MODEL OF THE LIFE OF FAITH)
The words of the great Apostle: “The just man lives by faith,” (Romans 1:17) may be applied particularly to Saint Joseph who was the most just of men and whose life was ever guided by faith. Joseph submitted his intelligence to the holy truths of religion. He applied his heart from his tenderest infancy to the observance of the divine precepts.
In the trials and sorrows of life, Joseph was sustained by faith. He shaped his whole conduct by the desire to please God and he attained the great aim of man upon earth, which is to adore God, to serve Him, and hence to deserve the everlasting Truth.
Let us glorify this great Servant of God who possessed faith so universal, so simple, so enlightened, so firm, so constant, and, above all, so fruitful in good works.
Let us examine ourselves with regard to this great virtue and see how we resemble him.
Is my faith firm, unshaken? Is my conduct animated by faith! Is the predominant thought that directs my acts to please God, and to obtain merit for everlasting life? Have I tried to derive consolation and strength from the thought of faith in the time of trial?
—-PAUSE FOR A MOMENT—-
Saint Joseph, you were privileged to share in the mystery of the Incarnation as the foster-father of Jesus. Mary alone was directly connected with the fulfillment of the mystery, in that she gave her consent to Christ’s conception and allowed the Holy Spirit to form the sacred humanity of Jesus from her blood. You had a part in this mystery in an indirect manner, by fulfilling the condition necessary for the Incarnation — the protection of Mary’s virginity before and during your married life with her. You made the virginal marriage possible, and this was a part of God’s plan, foreseen, willed, and decreed from all eternity.
In a more direct manner, you shared in the support, upbringing, and protection of the Divine Child as His foster-father. For this purpose, the Heavenly Father gave you a genuine heart of a father — a heart full of love and self-sacrifice. With the toil of your hands, you were obliged to offer protection to the Divine Child, to procure for Him food, clothing, and a home. You were truly the saint of the holy childhood of Jesus — the living created providence which watched over the Christ-Child.
When Herod sought the Child to put Him to death, the Heavenly Father sent an angel but only as a messenger, giving orders for the flight; the rest He left entirely in your hands. It was that fatherly love that was the only refuge that received and protected the Divine Child. Your fatherly love carried Him through the desert into Egypt until all enemies were removed. Then on your arms, the Child returned to Nazareth to be nourished and provided for during many years by the labour of your hands. Whatever a human son owes to a human father for all the benefits of his upbringing and support, Jesus owed to you, because you were to Him a foster-father, teacher, and protector.
You served the Divine Child with a singular love. God gave you a heart filled with heavenly, supernatural love — a love far deeper and more powerful than any natural father’s love could be.
You served the Divine Child with great unselfishness, without any regard to self-interest, but not without sacrifices. You did not toil for yourself, but you seemed to be an instrument intended for the benefit of others, to be put aside as soon as it had done its word, for you disappeared from the scene once the childhood of Jesus had passed.
You were the shadow of the Heavenly Father not only as the earthly representative of the authority of the Father but also by means of your fatherhood — which only appeared to be natural — you were to hide for a while the divinity of Jesus. What a wonderfully sublime and divine vocation was yours — the loving Child which you carried in your arms, and loved and served so faithfully, had God in Heaven as Father and was Himself, God!
Yours is a very special rank among the saints of the Kingdom of God because you were so much a part of the very life of the Word of God made Man. In your house at Nazareth and under your care the redemption of mankind was prepared. What you accomplished, you did for us. You are not only a powerful and great saint in the Kingdom of God but a benefactor of the whole of Christendom and mankind. Your rank in the Kingdom of God, surpassing far in dignity and honour of all the angels, deserves our very special veneration, love, and gratitude.
Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of having been chosen by God to be the foster-father of His Divine Son. As a token of your own gratitude to God for this your greatest privilege, obtain for me the grace of a very devoted love for Jesus Christ, my God, and my Savior. Help me to serve Him with some of the self-sacrificing love and devotion which you had while on this earth with Him. Grant that through your intercession with Jesus, your foster-Son, I may reach the degree of holiness God has destined for me, and save my soul.
As I lay my intentions before you today (Mention your request), grant me the grace to be ever grateful to God for favours received. Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.
Saint Joseph answers Prayers! If Saint Joseph does not grant graces, he would not be Saint Joseph!!
LITANY OF SAINT JOSEPH
|Lord, have mercy.||Lord, have mercy.|
|Christ, have mercy.||Christ, have mercy.|
|Lord, have mercy.||Lord, have mercy.|
|Christ, hear us.||Christ, hear us.|
|Christ, graciously hear us.||Christ, graciously hear us.|
|God the Father in heaven,||have mercy on us.|
|God the Son, Redeemer of the world,||have mercy on us.|
|God the Holy Spirit,||have mercy on us.|
|Holy Trinity, one God,||have mercy on us.|
|Holy Mary,||pray for us.|
|Saint Joseph,||pray for us.|
|Illustrious son of David,||pray for us.|
|Light of Patriarchs,||pray for us.|
|Spouse of the Mother of God,||pray for us.|
|Guardian of the Redeemer,||pray for us.|
|Pure Guardian of the Virgin,||pray for us.|
|Provider for the Son of God,||pray for us.|
|Zealous defender of Christ,||pray for us.|
|Servant of Christ,||pray for us.|
|Minister of salvation,||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 brave,||pray for us.|
|Joseph, most obedient,||pray for us.|
|Joseph, most loyal,||pray for us.|
|Mirror of patience,||pray for us.|
|Lover of poverty,||pray for us.|
|Model for workers,||pray for us.|
|Glory of family life,||pray for us.|
|Guardian of virgins,||pray for us.|
|Cornerstone of families,||pray for us.|
|Support in difficulties,||pray for us.|
|Comfort of the sorrowing,||pray for us.|
|Hope of the sick,||pray for us.|
|Patron of exiles,||pray for us.|
|Patron of the afflicted,||pray for us.|
|Patron of the poor,||pray for us.|
|Patron of the dying,||pray for us.|
|Terror of demons,||pray for us.|
|Protector of the Holy Church,||pray for us.|
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus.
God made him the lord of his household, and prince over all his possessions.
Let us pray. God, in your infinite wisdom and love you chose Joseph to be the husband of Mary, the mother of your Son. May we have the help of his prayers in heaven and enjoy his protection on earth. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Through the intercession of Saint Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, may the Lord bless + us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Compiled by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição, Paulo Ramos, Maranhão, Brazil
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?