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Prayers >> Prayers from the Family Consecration Prayer & Meditation Book Series >> 14a. Seven Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph Chaplet

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(Recommended devotion for Wednesdays in place of the Rosary)

1. Prayer

(All) Jesus and Mary, Saint Joseph loved you without bounds. He achieved a union with you that no other soul has been privileged to achieve. Use me as your earthly instrument to honor St. Joseph. I am reciting these prayers in union with You and the Holy Spirit.

2. Petition

(All) Glorious St. Joseph, accept this novena as our seed of faith in your powerful intercession with Almighty God and His Immaculate Mother. We are confident that God will multiply this seed of faith by helping us to fulfill the responsibilities we have taken upon ourselves. We pray that all the members of our families and loved ones will be spiritually and physically protected and guided to fulfill the vocations that God has predestined for them. We pray that all of our enterprises will be successful, and that our parish, diocese, and all apostolates flourish and be protected from error. And particularly we pray that God will grant us the favor we now ask of you, or if it is His will, one that is better for us.

(Pause and silently make your request.)

Pray the Apostles’ Creed (#6a), one Our Father (#6b), three Hail Marys (#6c), one Glory Be (#7a), and one Consecration Prayer (#7c) for the Holy Father’s intentions.

First Sorrow and Joy

(Leader) St. Joseph, chaste spouse of the Immaculate Mother of God, by the deep SORROW which pierced your heart at the thought of quietly leaving Mary so that she would not be punished by the law when found to be with child; by the deep JOY that you felt when the angel revealed to you in a dream the mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit, and your vital role as the guardian of the Holy Family,

(All) St. Joseph, obtain for me, my family, and all the members and families of The Apostolate, from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the grace for surmounting all anxiety and the grace of total and absolute trust in God. Win for us from the Sacred Heart of Jesus the indestructible peace of which He is the eternal source.

Pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

(All) O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.

(All) All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

Second Sorrow and Joy

(Leader) St. Joseph, faithful guardian of Jesus, by the bitter SORROW which your heart experienced in seeing the Child Jesus lying in a manger, and by the deep JOY which you did feel at seeing the Wise Men recognize and adore Him as their God,

(All) Grant through your prayers that my conscience and the consciences of all the members of my family and all the members and families of The Apostolate, purified by your protection, may become sinless cribs, where the Savior of the world may be received with love and respect.

Pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

(All) O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.

(All) All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

Third Sorrow and Joy

(Leader) St. Joseph, by the SORROW with which your heart was pierced at the sight of the blood which flowed from the infant Jesus in the circumcision, and by the JOY that filled your soul at the privilege of bestowing the sacred and mysterious Name of Jesus,

(All) Intercede for us, that the merits of this Precious Blood, poured out as a Seed-Sacrifice offering for our salvation, may be applied to my family and all the members and families of The Apostolate, so that the Divine Name of Jesus may be engraved forever in our hearts.

Pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

(All) O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.

(All) All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

Fourth Sorrow and Joy

(Leader) St. Joseph, by your deep SORROW when Simeon declared that the heart of Mary would be pierced with the sword of sorrow at the time that her Divine Son generously sacrificed Himself for our sins, and by your JOY when Simeon added that the Seed-Sacrifice offering of Jesus was to bear an abundant harvest of redeemed souls,

(All) Obtain for me, my family, and all the members and families of The Apostolate, the grace to unite ourselves with the sorrows of Mary and to share in the salvation which Jesus brought to the earth.

Pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

(All) O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.

(All) All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

Fifth Sorrow and Joy

(Leader) St. Joseph, by your SORROW when told to flee into the foreign and hostile land of Egypt, and by your JOY in seeing their satanic idols fall to the ground as the Living God passed by,

(All) Grant that I, the members of my family, and all the members and families of The Apostolate will not fear to do God’s will, which is distinct for each one of us, and will always trust in Him as the total source of both our spiritual and material security.

Pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

(All) O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.

(All) All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

Sixth Sorrow and Joy

(Leader) St. Joseph, by the SORROW of your heart caused by the fear of the son of Herod after your obedient return from Egypt, and by your JOY in sharing the company of Jesus and Mary at Nazareth,

(All) Grant for us that, freed from all fear, we may enjoy the peace of a good conscience, live securely in union with Jesus and Mary, and experience your assistance at the hour of our death.

Pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

(All) O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.

(All) All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

Seventh Sorrow and Joy

(Leader) St. Joseph, by the bitter SORROW with which the loss of the Child Jesus crushed your heart, and by the holy JOY which filled your soul in recovering your treasure when you re-entered the Temple,

(All) I beg you not to permit me, any member of my family, or any member or family of The Apostolate to lose our Savior Jesus through sin. Yet, should this misfortune befall any of us, grant that we may share your eagerness in seeking him, and obtain for us the grace of finding Him, and never losing Him again.

Pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

(All) O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.

(All) All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

(Leader) Behold the faithful and prudent servant,

(All) Whom the Lord set over His house.

Conclude the chaplet by praying the Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary (#8), making an examination of conscience (#8a), and praying an Act of Contrition (#9).

 
 
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