Seven Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph

Just as Mary has her Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys, Saint Joseph has a set of seven himself, although it is just a combination of both in this prayer

The prayer itself is pretty unique as after each section you recite an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. It’s that simple, three prayers everyone knows after each section.

St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of the Holy Mother of God, by the Sorrow with which thy heart was pierced at the thought of a cruel separation from Mary, and by the deep Joy that thou didst feel when the angel revealed to thee the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation, obtain for us from Jesus and Mary, the grace of surmounting all anxiety. Win for us from the Adorable Heart of Jesus the unspeakable peace of which He is the Eternal Source.

St. Joseph, Foster-Father of Jesus, by the bitter Sorrow which thy heart experienced in seeing the Child Jesus lying in a manger, and by the Joy which thou didst feel in seeing the Wise men recognize and adore Him as their God, obtain by thy prayers that our heart, purified by thy protection, may become a living crib, where the Savior of the world may receive and bless our homage.

St. Joseph, by the Sorrow with which thy heart was pierced at the sight of the Blood which flowed from the Infant Jesus in the Circumcision, and by the Joy that inundated thy soul at thy privilege of imposing the sacred and mysterious Name of Jesus, obtain for us that the merits of this Precious Blood may be applied to our souls, and that the Divine Name of Jesus may be engraved forever in our hearts.

St. Joseph, by the Sorrow when the Lord declared that the soul of Mary would be pierced with a sword of sorrow, and by thy Joy when holy Simeon added that the Divine Infant was to be the resurrection of many, obtain for us the grace to have compassion on the sorrows of Mary, and share in the salvation which Jesus brought to the earth.

St. Joseph, by thy Sorrow when told to fly into Egypt, and by thy Joy in seeing the idols overthrown at the arrival of the living God, grant that no idol of earthly affection may any longer occupy our hearts, but being like thee entirely devoted to the service of Jesus and Mary, we may live and happily die for them alone.

St. Joseph, by the Sorrow of thy heart caused by the fear of the tyrant Archelaus and by the Joy in sharing the company of Jesus and Mary at Nazareth, obtain for us, that disengaged from all fear, we may enjoy the peace of a good conscience and may live in security, in union with Jesus and Mary, experiencing the effect of thy salutary assistance at the hour of our death.

St. Joseph, by the bitter Sorrow with which the loss of the Child Jesus crushed thy heart, and by the holy Joy which inundated thy soul in recovering thy Treasure on entering the Temple, we supplicate thee not to permit us to lose our Saviour Jesus by sin. Yet, should this misfortune befall us, grant that we may share thy eagerness in seeking Him, and obtain for us the grace to find Him again, ready to show us His great mercy, especially at the hour of death; so that we may pass from this life to enjoy His presence in heaven, there to sing with thee His divine mercies forever.

Let Us Pray

O God, Who in Thine ineffable Providence has vouchsafed to choose Blessed Joseph to be the Spouse of Thy most holy Mother; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may deserve to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our holy protector: Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Franciscan Crown: Coronation of Mary

If you remember last week I said this is often combined with Assumption or done instead of it. The Coronation is one of those events that some say is only alluded to in the Bible in Revelation with the Mary as the woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”. So after Mary had gone up to heaven she is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Let us remember this and try to take care of the world around us in honor of our holy mother.  During the month of May local parishes might hold a May Crowning. The feast of the Coronation is on August 22nd. This is the final Glorious mystery and the final Joy of the virgin.

Franciscan Crown: Assumption of Mary

We finish off the Franciscan Crown with the final two Glorious mysteries. These next two (Assumption and Coronation) can be combined or just one of them used. It seems like the Assumption of Mary is the more traditional of the two.  After her life on earth was over Mary was taken to heaven, there is some differences as to if she died before hand or if was she put to sleep and then brought to heaven. In a matter of days we will celebrate this feast as well as the Dormition of the Theotokos. Let us all turn to our heavenly mother, Mary this month and reflect on the choices that she made in her life to live  closer to the Lord. What would we do if we were in the same situation? Mary said Yes, and most of us hem and haw over what to do. As Pope Francis reminded us at World Youth Day The Lord calls us all by name and wants to be apart of our lives all we need to do is make some room and say “yes” every once in a while to this call.

Franciscan Crown: Resurrection of Jesus

We move from the Joyful Mysteries to the Glorious ones. Jesus has risen from the grave and appears to Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, perhaps another Mary as well, then to the Apostles.  It is the women who Jesus first appears to all in the Gospels accounts except for Luke which just has the Emmaus encounter. Let us keep the Resurrection in our minds this week as those gather in Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day. In this year of mercy let us reflect upon these Mysteries as Mary can be considered as Mediatrix, Co-Redemptrix as well as an advocate for us in heaven. Following in the lead of Pope St. John Paul II let us all turn to Mary with affection as a child to their mother. If you have some time over the next several days perhaps pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all those in Poland as well as the world in general. We need to be like the women going to the tomb and learning that it is empty bring this message out to the world.

Franciscan Crown: Finding in the Temple

We are back with the mysteries of the Rosary. Mary, Joseph and Jesus went down to Jerusalem to the temple for Passover when Jesus was about twelve or so and on there way back to Nazareth Jesus couldn’t be found, both Mary and Joseph though he was with the other parent or with some of their relatives so about three days later they discovered he wasn’t there. So they went back and found Jesus sitting with the teachers in the temple listening and asking questions. All were impressed with his understanding of what the teachers in the temple were talking about.  When Mary and Joseph show up anxious from looking for Jesus, Jesus responds to them that where else would he have been, “in my Father’s house” or “about my Father’s business” or “in the things of my Father”. We should all remember this and at times when we feel lost we can always find Jesus in these places. All to often we can lose Jesus in our lives and not have space for him but we can always find him again.

Franciscan Crown: Adoration of the Magi

We take a week off from actual Rosary mysteries and turn to the Adoration of the Magi, Epiphany or Theophany. The Magi come from the East and find Jesus as the destination where the star they were following brought them. Jesus reveals himself to the world that he is a part of the Godhead. In the Orthodox Church this is also tied to the Baptism in the Jordan where we hear the voice of the Lord saying “This is my beloved son.” I hope that we all can turn to Jesus with the same awe that the Magi brought. Some churches might offer some for of adoration, if you have some free time check them out or just come to church a little earlier or stay a little bit later on Sunday and sit in prayerful silence or pray in front of the Tabernacle for a little bit.

Franciscan Crown: The Nativity of Jesus

This decade we turn the focus on the birth of Jesus once again we are following the order of the Joyful Mysteries but that will change soon enough. The Birth of Jesus is an important part of Mary’s life and our lives as well. We look at the birth of God here on earth as the ultimate sacrifice for all mankind. This event brings together the sacred and the common since God became man and links us together through Mary. It is a second creation story made whole by the events of Easter. This event has become such a secular occasion over the years, let us remind ourselves of the religious elements of Christmas. I hope that we can keep this in mind as we look toward the second coming.

Franciscan Crown: The Visitation

This decade we turn to the Visitation, Mary visiting Elizabeth is the second mystery just like in the regular Rosary. The feast of the Visitation has moved a bit over the ages it was began by Franciscians before 1263, Pope Urban VI in hopes to end the Papal schism added the feast (July 2) to the Roman Calendar in 1389. July 2 was the day after the end of the octave after the feast of the birth of John the Baptist. The feast stayed on July 2 until 1969 when Paul VI revised the calendar and moved it to May 31 between the feasts of Annunciation and Nativity of John (June 24) to better fit the Biblical narrative. In the East the feast is relatively new only dating back to the 19th century and the feast is on March 30 (April 12). However the feast is not accepted by all the various Orthodox Churches. Let us keep all those who are traveling this summer in our prayers that they get to their destination safely. We should also remember those who are hosting friend and family as well that everyone is kept safe and great memories can be made.

Franciscan Rosary: The Annunciation

Over the next seven weeks I will be reflecting on the decades of the Franciscan Crown, a rosary consisting of seven decades corresponding to the Seven Joys of the Virgin.

The first decade focuses on the Annunciation. This is the one where the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and announces that she will be the mother of Jesus. The feast day is on March 25 and ties directly to the Passion. As the Eastern Orthodox Church it is one of the Twelve Great Feasts and as a traditional hymn from Athanasius says “Today is the beginning of our salvation, And the revelation of the eternal mystery! The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace. Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos: “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!”” It is also a part of the Muslim tradition appearing in the Quran and according the Muslim tradition this takes place sometime during Ramadan. Let us all try to remember that things that we all hold in common between Christians (Catholics, Orthodox, etc. ) and the Muslims. As all the Orthodox Churches gather for the Holy and Great Council let us all pray that things get done and there might be some sort of unity within all these churches and perhaps some renewed way of looking at the Latin church.