Thursday, March 2, 2023
HONORING ST JOSEPH IN THE MONTH DEDICATED TO HIM
In this month dedicated to one of the world’s favorite saints, St. Joseph, there are a number of ways to get to know him better, honor him and to be in touch with him through prayer. I offer two of those ways in this column, the St. Joseph Rosary and the St. Joseph Novena. So much to learn about a man who is the foster father of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, yet we have not one word from him in the Bible.
ROSARY TO ST. JOSEPH
On the crucifix
O Lord, in order to honor St. Joseph as he deserves, Thou hast taken him body and soul to Heaven to Crown him with glory, thus signifying to the world, both visible and invisible, that Thou hast made Joseph Thy foster-father, the supreme steward of all Thy possessions.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may find aid in the merits of the Spouse of Thy Most Holy Mother, so that what we cannot obtain by ourselves may be given us through his intercession, who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
For each decade, it is customary to meditate on events in the life of Joseph:
Betrothal to Mary (Mt 1:18) –
Annunciation to Joseph (Mt 1:19-21) –
Birth and Naming of Jesus (Mt 1:22-25). –
Flight into Egypt (Mt 2:13-15). –
Hidden Life at Nazareth (Mt 2:23; Lk 2:51-52).
ALSO: “Finding of Jesus in the Temple,” ~ “Death of St. Joseph” – “Coronation of St. Joseph in Heaven.”
Hail Joseph, Son of David, thou whose holiness surpasses that of all Angels and Saints, blessed art thou amongst men, thou who wert chosen to be the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary of whom was born Jesus.
Glorious Saint Joseph, now reigning body and soul in Heaven, protector of the Universal Church, pray for us poor sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH
There is also a wonderful NOVENA to St. Joseph. I find that the daily meditations could well be part of rosary reflections as well. Click here for full Novena or the day by day prayers: Novena to St. Joseph | EWTN
St. Joseph, Guardian of Two Hearts, pray for us! Make me your Third Heart!