Fourth Sunday - Seven Sunday’s Devotion to St. Jaseph

FOURTH SUNDAY

His sorrow when he heard the prophecy of Simeon;
His joy when he learned that many
would be saved through the sufferings of Jesus.

 

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER

O most faithful Saint Joseph, who shared the mysteries of our redemption, the prophecy of Simeon, touching the sufferings of Jesus and Mary, caused you to shudder with mortal dread but at the same time filled you with a blessed joy for the salvation and glorious resurrection that would be attained by countless souls. By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us that we may be of the number of those who, through the merits of Jesus and the intercession of Mary the Virgin Mother, are predestined to a glorious resurrection.

 

GOSPEL READING

Luke 2:22 – 35

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel.”

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

 

REFLECTION

“When relating these events in his Gospel, St Matthew continually emphasizes Joseph’s faithfulness. He kept the commandments of God without wavering, even though the meaning of those commandments was sometimes obscure or their relation to the rest of the divine plan hidden from him” (Christ is Passing By, no. 42).

 


CONCLUDING PRAYER · LITANY OF ST. JOSEPH

 

Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy, Christ have mercy.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

 

Holy Mary, Pray for us.

St. Joseph, Pray for us.

Noble son of the House of David…

Light of patriarchs…

Husband of the Mother of God…

Guardian of the Virgin…

Foster father of the Son of God…

Faithful guardian of Christ…

Head of the holy family….

Joseph, chaste and just…

Joseph, prudent and brave...

Joseph, obedient and loyal…

Pattern of patience…

Lover of poverty…

Model of workers…

Example to parents…

Guardian of virgins…

Pillar of family life…

Comfort of the troubled…

Hope of the sick…

Patron of the dying…

Terror of evil spirits…

Protector of the Church…

 

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

 

God made him master of his household.
And put him in charge of all that he owned.

 

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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