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The 7 Sorrows & 7 Joys of St. Joseph: How to Pray this Beautiful Devotion

The 7 Sorrows & 7 Joys of St. Joseph: How to Pray this Beautiful Devotion

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By Caroline Perkins – 

Have you heard of the devotion to the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of Saint Joseph?

This prayerful meditation tells of a sorrow in his life alongside the corresponding joy. It is truly a beautiful way to grow closer to this powerhouse saint.

Traditionally, “The Seven Sundays in honor of St. Joseph are observed by receiving Holy Communion in his honor on seven consecutive Sundays, and on each Sunday the prayers in honor of the Seven Sorrows and the Seven Joys of St. Joseph are recited. This devotion may be practiced at any time of the year, but especially on the seven Sundays preceding his solemnity on March 19th.”

Below is a list of the sorrows and joys of Saint Joseph followed by the entire text of the prayer.

First Sorrow & First Joy: The Doubt of St. Joseph & the Message of the Angel

Second Sorrow & Second Joy: The Poverty of Jesus’ Birth & the Birth of the Savior

Third Sorrow & Third Joy: The Circumcision & the Holy Name of Jesus

Fourth Sorrow & Fourth Joy: The Prophecy of Simeon & the Effects of the Redemption

Fifth Sorrow & Fifth Joy: The Flight into Egypt & Overthrow of the Idols in Egypt

Sixth Sorrow & Sixth Joy: The Return from Egypt & Life with Jesus and Mary in Nazareth

Seventh Sorrow & Seventh Joy: Losing Jesus in Jerusalem & Finding Him in the Temple

The Devotion of the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of St. Joseph

1) The Doubt of St. Joseph & the Message of the Angel

O chaste Spouse of Mary most holy, glorious St. Joseph, great was the trouble and anguish of thy heart when thou wert minded to put away privately thine inviolate Spouse, yet thy joy was unspeakable when the surpassing mystery of the Incarnation was made known to thee by the Angel!

By this sorrow and this joy, we beseech thee 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 thine own, in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…

2) The Poverty of Jesus’ Birth & the Birth of the Savior

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

By this sorrow and this joy, we implore thee 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…

3) The Circumcision & the Holy Name of Jesus

O glorious St. Joseph, thou faithfully obeyed the law of God, and thy 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 thee new life and filled thee 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…

4) The Prophecy of Simeon & the Effects of the Redemption

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 thee to shudder with mortal dread, but at the same time filled thee with a blessed joy for the salvation and glorious 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 merits of Jesus and the intercession of Mary the Virgin Mother, are predestined to a glorious resurrection.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…

5) The Flight into Egypt & Overthrow of the Idols in Egypt

O most watchful Guardian of the Incarnate Son of God, glorious St. Joseph, what toil was thine in supporting and waiting upon the Son of the most high God, especially in the flight into Egypt! Yet at the same time, how thou didst 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…

6) The Return from Egypt & Life with Jesus and Mary in Nazareth

O glorious St. Joseph, an angel on earth, thou didst marvel to see the King of Heaven obedient to thy commands, but thy consolation in bringing Jesus out of the land of Egypt was troubled by the fear of Archelaus; nevertheless, being assured by the Angel, thou 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 thee, die in their company.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…

7) Losing Jesus in Jerusalem & Finding Him in the Temple

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

By this sorrow and this joy, we supplicate thee, 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 thee, may we sing the praises of His Divine mercy forever.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…

Antiphon.

And Jesus Himself was beginning about the age of thirty, being 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 Thine 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 lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Saint Joseph, Pray for Us!

 

 

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