The Seven Sorrows and Joys of Saint Joseph

Saint JosephI. Saint Joseph pure spouse of most holy Mary, the trouble and the anguish of your heart were great, when, being in sore perplexity, you were minded to put away your stainless spouse; but your joy was inexpressible when the Archangel revealed to you the sovereign mystery of the Incarnation. By this your sorrow and your joy, we pray you to comfort our souls now and in their last pains with the consolation of a well spent life and a holy death like unto your own with Jesus and Mary at our side.

• Our Father • Hail Mary • Glory Be •

II. Saint Joseph, most blessed Patriarch, chosen to the office of reputed father of the Word made Man, your pain was keen when you saw the Infant Jesus born in abject poverty; but your pain was changed into heavenly joy when you heard the harmony of angel-choirs, and beheld the glory of that night. By this your sorrow and your joy, we pray you to obtain for us that, when the journey of life is ended, we, too, may pass to that blessed Land where we shall hear the angel-chants and rejoice in the bright light of heavenly glory.

• Our Father • Hail Mary • Glory Be •

III. Saint Joseph, ever most obedient in fulfilling the commands of God, your heart was pierced with pain when the Precious Blood of the Infant Savior was shed at His Circumcision; but the Name of Jesus brought you new life and heavenly joy. By this your sorrow and your joy, obtain for us that, being freed in life from every vice, we, too, may cheerfully die, with the sweet Name of Jesus in our hearts and on our lips.

• Our Father • Hail Mary • Glory Be •

IV. Saint Joseph, faithful Saint, partner in the mysteries of man’s Redemption, the prophecy of Simeon foretelling the sufferings of Jesus and Mary caused you a pang like that of death; but, at the same time, his prediction of the salvation and glorious resurrection of innumerable souls, filled you with the greatest joy. By this your sorrow and your joy, help us with your prayers to be of the number of those who, by the merits of Jesus and the intercession of His Virgin Mother, shall be partakers of the resurrection to glory.

• Our Father • Hail Mary • Glory Be •

V. Saint Joseph watchful guardian and intimate friend of the Incarnate Son of God, how greatly did you toil to nurture and to serve the Son of the Most High, especially in the flight you madest with Him into Egypt; but how great your joy in having God Himself always with you, and in seeing the overthrow of the idols of Egypt! By this your sorrow and your joy, obtain for us the grace to keep far out of the reach of the enemy of our souls, by avoiding all dangerous occasions, so that no idol of earthly affection may any longer occupy our hearts; but that, being, like you, entirely devoted to the service of Jesus and Mary, we may live and die for them alone.

• Our Father • Hail Mary • Glory Be •

VI. Saint Joseph, angel on earth, who did marvel to see the King of Heaven obedient to your bidding: if the consolation of your heart, on bearing him home, was disturbed by the fear of Archelaus, yet, being reassured by the Angel, you did return with joy and dwell most peacefully in Nazareth, in the company of Jesus and Mary. By this your sorrow and your joy, obtain for us, that, having our hearts freed from idle fears, we may enjoy the peace of a tranquil conscience, dwelling safely with Jesus and Mary, and dying at last in their arms.

• Our Father • Hail Mary • Glory Be •

VII. Saint Joseph, bright example of every virtue, in great sorrow you did search for Jesus, the Holy Child, for three long days, until with joy unspeakable you did find Him, Who was your life, amid the doctors in the temple. By this your sorrow and your joy, we pray you with our whole heart so to interpose in our behalf, that we may never lose Jesus by mortal sin; and if unhappily we ever lose Him, then we pray you to aid us to seek Him, particularly in the hour of our death, that we may pass from this life to enjoy Him for ever in Heaven, there to sing with you His divine mercies for all eternity.

• Our Father • Hail Mary • Glory Be •

Ant. Jesus Himself was about thirty years old, 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 Your ineffable providence chose blessed Joseph to be the Spouse of Your most holy Mother; grant, we beseech you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in Heaven whom on earth we venerate as our protector. Who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.