Friday, March 19, 2010

Solemnity Of St Joseph

 Scripture does not tell us much about this glorious saint, but St Joseph is a model of purity, chastity, humility and strength. In this day and age when our young boys and men are being told that most of these qualities and virtues are weaknesses rather than strengths, may we recommend our young men to the intercession and protection of this patriarch of the Holy Family.
God saw him fit to protect Jesus and Mary; that should be enough for us to deepen or begin our devotion to this great saint.
Many saints throughout the ages believed that devotion to St Joseph was imperative to growth in the spiritual life.
For your meditation and contemplation today, I have listed the seven sorrows and joys of St Joseph. When we think of the seven sorrows, we usually think of Mary's. St Joseph had his own as well.

The Seven Sorrows of Saint Joseph         
1. The doubts of St. Joseph        
2. The poverty of Jesus' birth        
3. The Circumcision        
4. The prophecy of Simeon        
5. The flight into Egypt        
6. The return to Nazareth        
7. The loss of the Child Jesus        

The Seven Joys of Saint Joseph
1. Told of the Incarnation
2. Angels adore the Infant Jesus
3. Holy Name of Jesus
4. Effects of the Redemption
5. Overthrow of the idols in Egypt
6. Life with Jesus & Mary
7. Jesus found in the temple

Let us pray:
St Joseph,
Most holy and chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ, pray for us, intercede for those we love, renew and protect the Catholic Church, and bring all those who have died and will die today to a holy and happy death.

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1 comment:

Colleen said...

I did not know about the sorrows and joys of Joseph. Thank you!!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.