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

 

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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

Go to Joseph!

 

Thousands of years before Saint Joseph was born, the Book of Genesis recounts the story of the youngest son of Jacob  – also named Joseph – who was sold into slavery to Egypt by his jealous brothers. After he interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh, he was released from slavery and prison and put in charge of preparations for the seven-year famine the dreams had predicted. When hunger did indeed fill the world, Egypt alone had food because of Joseph’s hard work and preparation. People who came to Egypt for supplies were told by Pharaoh, “Go to Joseph!” Genesis 41:55.

The Old Testament Joseph prefigures the earthly foster father of Jesus. For every need of the Holy Family, Saint Joseph was provider and protector.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, we venerate you as the model of laborers, the friend of the poor, the consoler of the afflicted and those forced to leave their own land, the saint that seeks to the provide for the needs and necessities of families. On earth you represented the universal goodness of the heavenly Father. Help us in our needs and beseech Jesus and Mary for the health, well being and growth in faith needed to be united to Jesus, Our Lord.

Assist us in all our labors; in our intellectual, moral and material work. For all nations obtain legislation inspired by the Gospel, the spirit of Christian charity, a way of governing in accord with justice and peace. Amen.

Saint Joseph and the Beatitudes

Let us reflect and pray over the Beatitudes and meditate on how Saint Joseph practiced these virtues in his life with the Holy Family at Nazareth and in his workshop.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are those who are mourning, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall have their fill.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Saint Joseph, help me to use the things of this world with heaven in view. May I trust that God will be with me in all the events of my life, the joyful ones as well as the ones that may bring me sorrow. May I remember that humility is important. That I am God’s servant here on earth and that I am here to know him, to love him and to serve him in this world and to be forever happy with God for all eternity. May I conduct all my affairs with honesty and integrity and believe that God will provide for me the virtues that I need to accomplish his will. Let me have a heart that extends itself with mercy towards others as I would wish to be forgiven let me forgive. Keep my gaze fixed on the Lord, and continually live in his divine presence. May I always keep my eyes fixed on his will and work for my heavenly reward, that of seeing God face to face. When I hear of things about others, may I always be ready to defend their cause as I would wish to be defended. If I am unable to defend them, let me pray, at least, for their good. And when my faith is, at times, questioned, may I be able to answer with the conviction that I believe all that the Church teaches and want to be faithful to Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

St Joseph and Vocal Prayer

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Vocal prayer was an important part of the lives of the people of God at the time of Jesus’ life on earth and still is today. We pray vocal prayers in our families when we say morning and evening prayers together and when we pray before and after meals.

In the scriptures  we read the the psalms. These psalms formed the daily prayer of the Hebrews; they formed the social prayer with which God was honored in the great Temple of Jerusalem.

Mary and Joseph were faithful in going up to Jerusalem each year for the festival of the Passover;  one of the times they went up was for the presentation of Jesus in the temple. On another occasion we read that Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph were searching for him and found him in the temple. (We know that that journey was long, around 64 miles. The distance was far and traveling was rough.) How solemn and beautiful it was to see the people going up to Jerusalem, singing and chanting the verses of the psalms in alternating choirs as they approached the Holy City. Thus, as the people on one hill sang a verse, those on another would answer with the following verse, so that the whole valley of Cedron rang with the praises of God.

How the Holy Family must have prayed there in Jerusalem at the temple, in their own local synagogue and at home!

Here is a psalm of praise regarding Israel’s exodus and journey to the promised land. Can we too take on the fervor of the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph when we pray to God at Holy Mass, receive the sacraments, pray the Liturgy of the Hours and pray as a family at home or in our parishes. Here is a psalm of thanksgiving that the Holy Family must have prayed regarding the passage into the promised land. We can hear the reverence in this psalm.

Psalm 114

God’s Wonders at the Exodus

When Israel went out from Egypt,
    the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled;
    Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
    O Jordan, that you turn back?
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
    O hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
    the flint into a spring of water.

 

Vocal prayer is very pleasing to God. In the New Testament there are many beautiful examples of such prayers:  In the gospel of Luke, Mary’s Magnificat Luke 1:46-56; Zachariah’s Benedictus Luke 1: 68-79;  Simeon’s  “Now you may dismiss your servant, O Lord” Luke 2: 29-32, which are most reverent vocal prayers prayed by the people of God to this day.

Though there are no recorded words of St. Joseph in the bible, we know that he was appointed by God to be the guardian of the holy family and the head of the household. Jesus as God-Man learned his prayers and piety from Joseph and Mary.

St. Joseph, on earth you represented the universal goodness and concern of the heavenly Father. By divine will, your mission was associated to Mary’s. You were the guardian of the Holy Family, the carpenter of Nazareth and work-teacher to the Son of God, who became a humble laborer for us. Your faith made you adore in Jesus the Incarnate Son of God, while he obeyed you, served you and listened to you. You held pleasant conversations with him (which is what our prayer can be), shared work, great sufferings and most tender consolations. Obtain for us the grace to be pleasing to Jesus especially in our prayer life and to give greater attention to what we are praying and to be faithful in our prayer. Amen.