Feast Day March 19

SolemnityofSaintJoseph1VENERATION OF ST. JOSEPH

O glorious St. Joseph, I sincerely venerate you as the chaste spouse of the Mother of God, as the head of the Holy Family, as the Foster Father of Jesus Christ, as the faithful preserver of the treasures of the Blessed Trinity. In you I venerate the choice of God the Father, who desired to share with you his power over his eternal only begotten Son. In you I venerate the choice of God the Son, who wished to be dependent on you and to owe his subsistance to the labor of your hands. In you I venerate the choice of God the Holy Spirit, who wished to entrust to you his faithful spouse, and to give you to her as her guardian and companion through life. In you I venerate the choice of the Vicar of Christ, who declared you as Patron, Protector, and Defender of the Church, founded by our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

JOSEPH DEVOTIONS

Every Wednesday after 7:00am English Mass

St. Joseph Devotions (Wednesdays)

ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH NOVENA

Opening Prayer to St. Joseph for Faith:
Blessed St. Joseph, heir of all the patriarchs, obtain for me this
beautiful and precious virtue. Give me a lively faith, which is the foundation of all holiness, that faith without which no one can be pleasing to God. Obtain for me a faith that triumphs over all the temptations of the world and conquers human respect; a faith that cannot be shaken and that seeks God alone. In imitation of you, make me live by faith and submit my mind and heart to God, so that one day I may behold in Heaven what I now firmly believe on earth.


Day 1: The Annunciation to the Betrothed Just Man 1st Reading: Matthew 1:18-21 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, sections 2-3 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary (prayed as Marian Rosary, substituting “Hail Mary” with “Joseph, Son of David”):
Joseph, son of David, and husband of Mary; we honor you, guardian of the Redeemer, and we adore the child you named Jesus.
Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, pray for us that like you we may live totally dedicated to the interests of the Savior. Homily

Day 2: Joseph Takes Mary His Wife
1st Reading: Matthew 1:24 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, section 20 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Homily

Day 3: The Birth and Naming of Jesus, Son of David
1st Reading: Matthew 1:16,25 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, sections 10,12 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Hom ily
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Day 4: The Presentation of Jesus, According to the
Law of the Lord
1st Reading: Luke 2:22-40 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, section 13 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Homily

Day 5: The Flight into Egypt
1st Reading: Matthew 2:13-15 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, section 14 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Homily

Day 6: The Finding in the Temple and the
Fatherhood of Joseph
1st Reading: Luke 2:41-52 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, section 8 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Homily

Day 7: Joseph the Worker
1st Reading: Matthew 13:53-55a 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, sections 22,24 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Homily

Day 8: Patron of the Hidden and Interior Life
1st Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, sections 25-27d One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Homily

Day 9: Patron and Model of the Church
1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12,27 2nd Reading: John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, sections 28,30 One or more Decades of the St. Joseph Rosary Homily

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.

Blessed St. Joseph, tender-hearted 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 favor we ask . . .(PAUSE). . . We have been unfaithful to the unfailing love of God the Father; beg of Jesus mercy for us. Amid the splendors 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.

The Seven Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph

  1. 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. 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.
  2. 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.
    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.
  3. 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.
    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.
  4. 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.
    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.
  5. 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.
    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.
  6. 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.
    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.
  7. 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.
    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.

And Jesus Himself, when he began His work, was about thirty years old being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph.

Pray for us, holy Joseph.

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

Let us pray.

Blessed St. Joseph, tender-hearted 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 favor we ask . . . (PAUSE) . . . We have been unfaithful to the unfailing love of God the Father; beg of Jesus mercy for us. Amid the splendors 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.