Friday, May 01, 2009

The Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of 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 me from Jesus by the heart of Mary, the grace of surmounting all anxiety which might trouble the repose of my soul, with that of drawing from the adorable heart of Jesus, the unspeakable peace of which He is the eternal source.
Pater, Ave, Gloria, etc.


Foster-father of Jesus, by the bitter sadness 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 my heart, purified by they protection, may become a living crib, where the Savior of the world may receive and bless my homage.
Pater, Ave, Gloria, etc.


O thou to whom God confided His only Son, by the sorrow with which they heart was pierced at the sight of the blood which flowed from the Infant Jesus, under the cruel knife of the circumcision, and by the joy that inundated thy soul at they privilege of imposing the sacred and mysterious name of Jesus, obtain for me that the merits of this precious blood may be applied to my soul, and that this divine name may be engraved forever in my heart.
Pater, Ave, Gloria, etc.


August Minster and Holy Confidant of he Holy Ghost, by the cruel agony by which thy heart was torn when the Lord declared that the soul of Mary should be pierced with the sword of sorrow, and by the joy that thou didst afterward experience when the holy Simeon added that the Divine Infant was to be the resurrection of many, obtain for me the grace to compassionate the sorrows of Mary, and have part in the salvation which Jesus brought on the earth.
Pater, Ave, Gloria, etc.


Glorious Ambassador of the Most Holy Trinity, by the extreme affliction laid upon they heart by the order to fly into Egypt, and by they joy in seeing idols overthrown at the arrival of the living God, grant that all impressions of sin being destroyed in my heart, the empire of my passions may be likewise annihilated.
Pater, Ave, Gloria, etc.


Angel of the earth, glorious St. Joseph, who sawest with admiration the King of Heaven, submitted to thy orders, the consolation that thou dist experience in bringing Him back from Egypt, was soon troubled by the fear of Archelaus. But reassured by the angel of the Lord, thou didst abide with joy at Nazareth in the company of Jesus and Mary; obtain for us by this joy and this sorrow, 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 they salutary assistance at the hour of our death.
Pater, Ave, Gloria, etc.


Faithful Coadjutor of the great council, by the bitter sorrow with which the loss of the Child Jesus crushed thy heart, and by the lively and holy joy which inundated thy soul in recovering thy treasure on entering the temple, I conjure thee not to permit me to lose for a moment my Savior Jesus; yet should this misfortune befall me, grant that I may share thy eagerness in seeking Him, and obtain for me the grace to find Him again, never to lose Him more.
Pater, Ave, Gloria, etc.

The above was found in "The Invitation Heeded" by James Kent Stone (1870), printed on a yellowed slip that looks the age of the book.

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