Saint Joseph and True Happiness

 

“…but the material world, with the possession of wealth, power, and resources, although it may well procure comforts and increase the enjoyment of life, is incapable of satisfying our soul created for higher and more glorious things. To contemplate God, and to tend to Him, is the supreme law of the life of man.”

Pope Leo XIII Sapientiae Christiana Jan 10, 1890

Thus it was that St. Joseph was detached from all of these things and was united to God in mind, body and in spirit, to contemplate him and follow his will.

Saint Joseph, ask Jesus to deliver us from sudden death; to obtain for us the grace to imitate you in life, and to detach our heart from everything that is worldly and to gather spiritual treasures for the moment of our departing from this earth. Amen.

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Saint Joseph A Prayer for Purity

 

Prayer to St. Joseph for Purity

Saint Joseph, father and guardian of virgins, in whose keeping Christ Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, virgin of virgins was entrusted, I beseech you and do pray by that twofold and most precious charge, by Jesus and Mary, to keep me safe from all uncleanness, to keep my mind untainted, my heart pure, and my body chaste; and to help me always to serve Jesus and Mary in perfect chastity. Amen.

Holy patriarch, guardian and father of virgins, intercede for me. Amen.

Saint Joseph A Prayer for a Peaceful Death

Prayer for a Peaceful Death

“Saint Joseph, who died in the presence of Jesus and Mary, is rightly looked on as a most effective helper of the dying.” Alexis Cardinal Lepicier

O my God, I invoke the three great patrons of a happy death from whom I hope to receive merciful assistance: Jesus Crucified, with whom I ask the grace to pronounce the words: “Father into your hands I commend my spirit”; our Mother Mary, that she may pray for me “now and at the hour of my death”; and Saint Joseph, that he may obtain for me a holy life so as to merit a death similar to his.

O Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ and true spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me and for the dying of this day.

Saint Joseph Pure Spouse of Mary

Saint Joseph, pure spouse of Mary, we humble ask you to obtain for us a true devotion to our tender Mother, Teacher, and Queen. By divine will, your mission was associated to Mary’s. With Mary you shared sufferings and joys; with her there was a holy rivalry in virtue, work and merits; with her you were united in mind and heart. Saint Joseph, obtain for us the grace to be devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to imitate her, to love her, to pray to her always. Draw many souls to her maternal heart. Amen.

Blessed  James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family

 

Saint Joseph and the Angel

“Joseph did not confide his fears to anybody; he kept them locked up in his heart, and yet he heard an angel speaking to him about them. Surely this is unquestionable proof that the angel was sent from God, for God alone can read the depths of the heart…. So wise was Joseph’s behavior that it shows how good and virtuous a man he was….”  St John Chrysostom

Memorare to Saint Joseph

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never has it been known that anyone who asked for your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I commend myself to you and beg you to petition the Lord for me. Despise not this my prayer, dear foster father of our Redeemer, but hear and answer me. Amen.  (from common sources)

Saint Joseph and the Joyful Mysteries

 

“Rediscover the Rosary in the light of scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives.” Pope John Paul II

When meditating the joyful mysteries of the rosary we may want to open the bible to the Gospel of Luke and glance at the mysteries that are presented to us from sacred scripture. Some phrases will inspire us as we meditate the mysteries. We reflect on Mary’s humility, the journey to Hebron to visit Saint Elizabeth, the birth of Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem, the marvelous attestations of Simeon and Anna in the temple, the searching for Jesus when he was lost and found after three days.

Saint Joseph, help us to meditate these mysteries and pray to be able to be docile instruments in the hands of the heavenly Father as you were obedient to God’s will.  Help us to correspond to God’s precious call in our own lives. Amen.

The first Joyful Mystery  the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she is to be the Mother of God.

The second Joyful Mystery the Visitation of Mary to Saint Elizabeth.

The third Joyful Mystery the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

The fourth Joyful Mystery the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

The fifth Joyful Mystery the Losing and Finding of Jesus in the Temple.

Let us remember that Saint Joseph played an important part in fulfilling God’s will throughout these mysteries. He is an example to us of silent obedience to the will of the Heavenly Father.

Meditating on Saint Joseph’s faithfulness to Our Lord Jesus and to the Blessed Mother in these sacred mysteries.

Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus, we bless the Lord for your intimate communication with him during his infancy and youth at Bethlehem, in Egypt and at Nazareth. You loved Jesus with a father’s love and he loved you with the love of a son. True spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus, your faith made you adore in him the Incarnate Son of God, while he obeyed you, served you, listened to you. You held pleasant conversations with Jesus and Mary, shared work, great sufferings and most tender consolations. Obtain for us never to offend Jesus by sin. Pray for us that we may always receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation well, attain to a great intimacy with and a tender and strong love for Jesus and true devotion to Mary while on earth, and to look forward to the happiness of eternal glory forever in heaven with all the saints. Amen.

To Saint Joseph for a Peaceful Death

“Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard Saint Joseph as the advocate of the dying for three reasons:

First, because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that of any other Saint.

Second, because St. Joseph has obtained special power against the evil spirits, who tempt us with redoubled vigor at the hour of death.

Third, the assistance given St. Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his servants. Hence, if they invoke him at the hour of death he will not only help them, but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary.”   Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

Prayer to Saint Joseph for a Peaceful Death

Saint Joseph, protector of the dying, we implore you for all the dying, and beg your assistance in the hour of our own death. You merited a happy passing by a holy life, and in your last hours you had the beautiful consolation of being assisted by Jesus and Mary. Deliver us from sudden death; obtain for us the grace to imitate you in life, to detach our heart from everything worldly and daily to gather treasures for the moment of our death. Obtain for us the grace to receive the sacraments of the sick well, and with Mary, inspire us with sentiments of faith, hope, love and sorrow for sin, so that we may breathe forth our soul in peace. Amen.

Saint Joseph a Powerful Prayer

 

O glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you do we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and special favors we now implore _____________.

O glorious Saint Joseph, through the love you do bear for Jesus and for the glory of his name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.

Let Us Pray

We beseech you, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of Saint Joseph, the spouse of your most holy mother, so that what we cannot obtain of ourselves may be given to us through his intercession. Amen