Joseph and Divine Mercy
(Diary of St Faustina, 1203)
"St. Joseph urged me to have a constant devotion to him. He himself told me to recite three prayers [the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be] and the Memorare once every day. He looked at me with great kindness and gave me to know how much he is supporting this work [of mercy]. He has promised me his special help and protection. I recite the requested prayers every day and feel his special protection."
The Memorare mentioned is one addressed to Joseph prayed each day by St Faustina's Congregation.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare to Joseph as follows:
Remember, O most pure husband of Mary,
and my dearly beloved guardian, St. Joseph,
that never was it known that anyone who invoked your care
and requested your help was left without consolation.
Inspired with this confidence, I come to you,
and with all the ardor of my spirit I commend myself to you.
Do not reject my prayer, O Foster Father of the Savior,
but graciously receive and answer it. Amen!
7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of Joseph
Meditate upon the sorrow and corresponding joy while saying the prayers.
The reflections are optional along with adding a Glory Be after the Our Father and Hail Mary. The reflections were written by Ven. Januarius Sarnelli (d. 1744).
First Sorrow:
The Doubt of Joseph
(Matthew 1:19)
First Joy:
The Annunciation to Joseph
(Matthew 1:20)
[O chaste Husband of Mary most holy, glorious St. Joseph, great was the trouble and anguish of your heart when you wert minded to put away privately your inviolate Wife, 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.]
Our Father, Hail Mary, [Glory Be]
Second Sorrow:
The Poverty of Jesus' Birth
(Luke 2:7)
Second Joy:
The Birth of Jesus
(Luke 2:10-11)
[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 to rejoice in the shining splendor of celestial glory.]
Our Father, Hail Mary, [Glory Be]
Third Sorrow:
The Circumcision
(Luke 2:21)
Third Joy:
The Naming of Jesus
(Matthew 1:25)
[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.]
Our Father, Hail Mary, [Glory Be]
Fourth Sorrow:
The Prophecy of Simeon
(Luke 2:34)
Fourth Joy:
The Salvation of the World
(Luke 2:38)
[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 merits of Jesus and the intercession of Mary the Virgin Mother, are predestined to a glorious resurrection.]
Our Father, Hail Mary, [Glory Be]
Fifth Sorrow:
The Flight into Egypt
(Matthew 2:14)
Fifth Joy:
The Overthrow of the Idols of Egypt
(Isaiah 19:1)
[O most watchful Guardian of the Incarnate Son of God, glorious St. Joseph, what toil was your 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; may we be wholly employed in serving Jesus and Mary, and for them alone may we live and happily die.]
Our Father, Hail Mary, [Glory Be]
Sixth Sorrow:
The Return from Egypt
(Matthew 2:22)
Sixth Joy:
Life with Jesus and Mary in Nazareth
(Luke 2:39)
[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.]
Our Father, Hail Mary, [Glory Be]
Seventh Sorrow:
Losing Jesus in Jerusalem
(Luke 2:45)
Seventh Joy:
Finding of Jesus in the Temple
(Luke 2:46)
[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.]
Our Father, Hail Mary, [Glory Be]
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