Thursday, January 31, 2013

Seven Sundays for St. Joseph: Fr. Andersen

Seven Sundays in Honor of St. Joseph by Fr. Eric Andersen, Gervais, OR

The Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph is a devotion that belongs to every Wednesday, because every Wednesday belongs to St. Joseph, just as every Saturday belongs to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

In like manner, the entire month of March belongs to St. Joseph, just as the month of May belongs to Mary. The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is celebrated on March 19th. The Seven Joys and Sorrows is traditionally broken up into seven individual parts and prayed on the seven consecutive Sundays before March 19th. This Sunday, February 3rd, is therefore the first of the seven Sundays.  

For those who would like to join me in preparing for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, we will pray this devotion after the Masses this weekend and each weekend until March 19th. Or you can use this as a guide to pray this devotion at home with your family at dinnertime.

Let us offer our prayers to St. Joseph that he may intercede for our new Archbishop-elect, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample who will be installed as the 11th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Portland on April 2nd. As St. Joseph was chosen to be the father of our Lord in Nazareth, may he be a model and guide for the man who has been chosen to be our spiritual father here in Western Oregon.

The First Sunday: The Annunciation to St. Joseph

• His sorrow: over the prospect of divorcing Our Lady.
• His joy: the revelation by the angel of the mystery of the Incarnation.

Introductory Prayer:

O chaste spouse of Mary,
great was the trouble and anguish of your heart
when you were considering quietly sending away your inviolate spouse;
yet your joy was unspeakable,
when the surpassing mystery of the Incarnation
was made known to you by the angel.

By this sorrow and this joy, we beseech you 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 your own life and death in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 1:18-25

Our FATHER, Hail Mary, Glory be. . .

or -

The Litany of St. Joseph

Concluding Prayer:

V. Pray for us, blessed Joseph
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Almighty God,
in your infinite wisdom and love
you chose Joseph to be the husband of Mary,
the mother of your Son. As we enjoy his protection on earth,
may we have the help of his prayers in heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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