The Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of Saint Joseph

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The Seven Dolours and Joys of Saint Joseph
The Parochial Hymn Book (1897) Henry Lawes
Falkland (1638)
1. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
Thy heart with doubt was sore distressed,
But welcome came the Angel’s word,
And changed thy trouble into rest!
When fears oppress on every side,
Dear Saint, our weary footsteps guide.
2. O Spouse of Mary! glorious Saint!
In poverty thou didst behold,
the Infant Jesus born on earth;
But Angels’ songs brought joy untold!
As through this drear, cold world we roam,
May Angel voices lead us home!
3. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
The tears of Jesus wrung thy heart,
But His sweet Name thy anguish soothed–
Jesus, sweet balm for every smart!
Oh, may our lips with loving faith,
Breathe that sweet Name, in life and death.
4. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
Thy heart was sad at Simeon’s word,
But ransomed souls in vision rose,
Won by the pangs of Mary’s Sword.
Oh, by that gladness and that pain,
Help us eternal life to gain!
5. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
All weary with the rugged way,
Sweet was thy toil, with Jesus near,
When Egypt’s idols owned His sway,
Oh, let our hearts’ loved idols fall–
And Jesus be our God—our All!
6. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
The tyrant’s wrath aroused thy fear,
But Nazareth, thy humble home,
Was shelter safe, with Jesus near.
Oh, in this world so bleak and cold,
Still keep us safe in Christ’s true Fold!
7. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
How couldst thou bear that three days’ pain,
With Mary’s tears, and Jesus gone?
Oh joy to find thy Lord again!
May we, our weary wanderings o’er,
Find Jesus on the’eternal shore!
Amen.


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The Seven Dolours and Joys of Saint Joseph
The Parochial Hymn Book (1897) VATER UNSER (Old 112th)
1. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
Thy heart with doubt was sore distressed,
But welcome came the Angel’s word,
And changed thy trouble into rest!
When fears oppress on every side,
Dear Saint, our weary footsteps guide.
2. O Spouse of Mary! glorious Saint!
In poverty thou didst behold,
the Infant Jesus born on earth;
But Angels’ songs brought joy untold!
As through this drear, cold world we roam,
May Angel voices lead us home!
3. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
The tears of Jesus wrung thy heart,
But His sweet Name thy anguish soothed–
Jesus, sweet balm for every smart!
Oh, may our lips with loving faith,
Breathe that sweet Name, in life and death.
4. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
Thy heart was sad at Simeon’s word,
But ransomed souls in vision rose,
Won by the pangs of Mary’s Sword.
Oh, by that gladness and that pain,
Help us eternal life to gain!
5. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
All weary with the rugged way,
Sweet was thy toil, with Jesus near,
When Egypt’s idols owned His sway,
Oh, let our hearts’ loved idols fall–
And Jesus be our God—our All!
6. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
The tyrant’s wrath aroused thy fear,
But Nazareth, thy humble home,
Was shelter safe, with Jesus near.
Oh, in this world so bleak and cold,
Still keep us safe in Christ’s true Fold!
7. O Spouse of Mary, glorious Saint!
How couldst thou bear that three days’ pain,
With Mary’s tears, and Jesus gone?
Oh joy to find thy Lord again!
May we, our weary wanderings o’er,
Find Jesus on the’eternal shore!
Amen.


The Seven Sorrows and the Seven Joys of Saint Joseph

The Seven Sorrows

The Seven Joys

In The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Ghost. Amen.

1. St. Joseph’s doubts about his worthiness to care for the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and the Angel’s message to St. Joseph that the Child is conceived of the Holy Ghost

"When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately." (Matthew 1:18-19)
"But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife." (Matthew 1:20-24)

Our Father — Hail Mary — Glory Be

O chaste spouse of Mary most holy, glorious St. Joseph, great was the trouble and anguish of your heart when, concerned for your unworthiness to care for the Mother of God, you were minded to put away privately your inviolate spouse. Yet your joy was unspeakable when the surpassing mystery of the Incarnation was made known to you by the angel.

By this sorrow and this joy, we beseech you to comfort our souls, both now and in the sorrows of our final hour, with the joy of a good life and a holy death after the pattern of your own, in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

2. St. Joseph’s sorrow at the lowly poverty of Jesus’ birthplace
and the incomparable joy St. Joseph experienced at the Savior’s birth.

“And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6-7)
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us. And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:13-18)

Our Father — Hail Mary — Glory Be

O most blessed Patriarch, glorious St. Joseph, who was chosen to be the foster father of the Word made flesh, your sorrow at seeing the Child Jesus born in such poverty was suddenly changed into heavenly exultation when you did hear the angelic hymn and beheld the glories of that resplendent night.

By this sorrow and this joy, we implore you to obtain for us the grace to pass over from life’s pathway to hear the angelic songs of praise, and so rejoice in the shining splendor of celestial glory.

3. St. Joseph watches the circumcision,
Jesus’ first blood spilt for us.
And yet St. Joseph has the honor of pronouncing
the name of the Savior, Jesus.

“And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised…" (Luke 2:21)
"…His name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21)

Our Father — Hail Mary — Glory Be

O glorious St. Joseph, you faithfully obeyed the law of God, and your heart was pierced at the sight of the Precious Blood that was shed by the Infant Savior during His circumcision, but the Name of Jesus gave you new life and filled you with quiet joy.

By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us the grace to be freed from all sin during life, and to die rejoicing, with the holy Name of Jesus in our hearts and on our lips.

4. St. Joseph listens to the painful prophetic message of Simeon
about the contradiction against the Savior’s mission,
and about the sword which will pierce
the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
and yet St. Joseph has great joy that Jesus would be
the Light for the salvation of innumerable souls
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“And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)
"And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.…for the resurrection of many in Israel." (Luke 2:27-34)

Our Father — Hail Mary — Glory Be

O most faithful Saint, who shared the mysteries of our Redemption, glorious St. Joseph, the prophecy of Simeon regarding the sufferings of Jesus and Mary, caused you to shudder with mortal dread, but at the same time, filled you with a blessed joy for the salvation and glorious resurrection which, he foretold, would be attained by countless souls.

By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us that we may be among the number of those who, through the merit of Jesus and the intercession of Mary the Virgin Mother, are predestined to a glorious resurrection.

5. St. Joseph has to conduct the Holy Family
into exile in Egypt to escape the murderous Herod.
And yet, St. Joseph witnesses
the idols of Egypt falling at Jesus’ feet.

“And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their country. And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him. Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt….” Matthew 2:12-14 “Behold the Lord will ascend upon a swift cloud, and will enter into Egypt, and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst thereof.” (Isaiah 19:1)

Our Father — Hail Mary — Glory Be

O most watchful Guardian of the Incarnate Son of God, glorious St. Joseph, what toil was yours in supporting and waiting upon the Son of the most high God, especially in the flight into Egypt! Yet at the same time, how you did rejoice to have always near you, God Himself, and to see the idols of the Egyptians, fall prostrate to the ground before Him.

By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us the grace of keeping ourselves in safety from the infernal tyrant, especially by flight from dangerous occasions; may every idol of earthly affection fall from our hearts, and may we be wholly employed in serving Jesus and Mary, and for them alone may we live and happily die.

6. St. Joseph’s sorrow at the difficulties
of the Holy Family’s trip back from Egypt,
and St. Joseph’s joy with Jesus and Mary
in the Holy Family’s life at the holy home in Nazareth.

“…and he [Jesus in the care of St. Joseph] was there [in exile in Egypt] until the death of Herod: That it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt have I called my son [Hosea 11:1].…But when Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, Saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead that sought the life of the child. Who arose, and took the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea in the room of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither: and being warned in sleep retired into the quarters of Galilee. And coming he dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was said by prophets: That he shall be called a Nazarene." (Matthew 2:14, 19-20) “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.” (Luke 2:51-52)

Our Father — Hail Mary — Glory Be

O glorious St. Joseph, an angel on earth, you did marvel to see the King of Heaven obedient to your commands, but your consolation in bringing Jesus out of the land of Egypt was troubled by your fear of Archelaus; nevertheless, being assured by the angel, you dwelt in gladness at Nazareth with Jesus and Mary.

By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us that our hearts may be delivered from harmful fears, so that we may rejoice in peace of conscience and may live in safety with Jesus and Mary and may, like you, die in their company.

7. St. Joseph suffers the unspeakable sorrow, with the Blessed Virgin Mary,
of losing Jesus for three days during the annual holy day pilgrimage,
and St. Joseph receives the great joy with the Blessed Virgin Mary,
of finding Jesus in the temple.

“And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day’s journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.” (Luke 2:43-45)
“And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father’s business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.” (Luke 2:46-50)

Our Father — Hail Mary — Glory Be

O glorious St. Joseph, pattern of all holiness, when you did lose, through no fault of your own, the Child Jesus, you sought Him sorrowing for the space of three days, until with great joy you did find Him again in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors.

By this sorrow and this joy, we supplicate you, with our hearts upon our lips, to keep us from ever having the misfortune to lose Jesus through mortal sin; but if this supreme misfortune should befall us, grant that we may seek Him with unceasing sorrow until we find Him again, ready to show us His great mercy, especially at the hour of death: so that we may pass over to enjoy His presence in Heaven; and there, in company with you, may we sing the praises of His Divine mercy forever.

Antiphon

And Jesus Himself was beginning about the age of thirty years, being (as it was supposed) the Son of Joseph.

V. Pray for us, O holy Joseph.

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

Let us pray.

O God, Who in Thy ineffable providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth, may be our intercessor in Heaven. Who liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.

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Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, Pray for Us
Memorare to St. Joseph

Remember, O Most Chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, that
never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession
was left unaided.
. . . . Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, my spiritual father,
and beg your protection.
. . . . O Foster Father of the Redeemer,
despise not my petitions, but
in thy goodness hear and answer me. Amen.

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1. Great Saint Joseph! Son of David
Foster father of our Lord
Spouse of Mary ever virgin
Keeping o’er them watch and ward!
In the stable thou didst guard them
With a father’s loving care
Thou by God’s command didst save them
From the cruel Herod’s snare
2. Great Saint Joseph! Son of David
Spouse of Mary undefiled
Guardian of the Holy Family
Father of the Holy Child
God presented thee with blessings
Glorified thy life obscure
Made thee guardian of all virgins
Consolation of the poor
3. Three long days in grief and anguish
With His mother sweet and mild
Mary Virgin didst thou wander
Seeking the beloved Child
In the temple thou didst find Him
Oh! What joy then filled thy heart
In thy sorrows, in thy gladness
Grant us Joseph to have part
4. Ornament of life domestic
Model of the toiler’s day
Hope of all the sick and weary
In the hour of death our stay
Great protector universal
Of the Church we thee acclaim
Hear our pray’rs O great Saint Joseph
When we call upon thy name
5. Clasped in Jesus’ arms and Mary’s
When death gently came at last
Thy pure spirit sweetly sighing
From its earthly dwelling passed
Dear Saint Joseph! By that passing
May our death be like to thine
And with Jesus, Mary, Joseph
May our souls forever shine.
Amen.

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Oh St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

Oh St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss his fine head for me, and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen

Blessed St. Joseph, I consecrate myself to your honor and give myself to you, that you may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life. After your example, may I perform my actions for the greater Glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pray for me, Saint Joseph, that I may experience the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.

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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. Amen.

(Saint Joseph is imagined to respond:)

May the poverty of my sweet and suffering little Child be your riches. His sighs and His tears the consolation of your days. The love of His adorable Heart your earthly treasure, your all. And the clear vision of His adorable and glorified humanity be your eternal joy and recompense. Amen.

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Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
God our Father in heaven
God the Son, Redeemer of the world
God the Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity, one God
Holy Mary
Saint Joseph
Noble son of the House of David
Light of patriarchs
Husband of the Mother of God
Guardian of the Virgin
Foster father of the Son of God
Faithful guardian of Christ
Head of the holy family
Joseph, chaste and just
Joseph, prudent and brave
Joseph, obedient and loyal
Pattern of patience
Lover of poverty
Model of workers
Example to parents
Guardian of virgins
Pillar of family life
Comfort of the troubled
Hope of the sick
Patron of the dying
Terror of evil spirits
Protector of the Church
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
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R/. Have mercy on us.

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.

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The Presentation in the Temple, Giovanni Bellini, 1460

O Blessed Joseph, faithful Guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Protector of your chaste spouse, the Virgin Mother of God, I choose you this day to be my special Patron and Advocate, and I firmly resolve to honor you all the days of my life. Therefore, I humbly beseech you to receive me as your client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all, the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally, to defend and protect me at the hour of my death. Amen.

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection.

Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen off-spring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen. – Encyclical Quamquam Pluries, “On Devotion to St. Joseph”, Pope Leo XIII, 15 August 1889





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Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary
A prayer composed by Leo XIII to be recited after the Marian Rosary

To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also. Through that sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by his blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.

O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity. Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

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