Third Sunday - Seven Sunday’s Devotion to St. Joseph

THIRD SUNDAY

His sorrow when he saw Jesus' blood shed in circumcision;
His joy in giving him the name of Jesus.

 

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER

O glorious Saint Joseph, who faithfully obeyed the law of God, your heart was pierced at the sight of the most precious blood that was shed by the infant Savior during his circumcision, but the name of Jesus gave you new life and filled you with quiet joy. By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us the grace to be freed from all sin during life and to die rejoicing, with the holy name of Jesus in our hearts and on our lips.

 

GOSPEL READING

Luke 2:21

And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 

 

REFLECTION

“To be just is not simply a matter of obeying rules. Goodness should grow from the inside; it should be deep and vital – for ‘the just man lives by faith’ (Hab 2:4). These words, which later became a frequent subject of St Paul’s meditation, really did apply in the case of St Joseph. He didn’t fulfill the will of God in a routine or perfunctory way; he did it spontaneously and wholeheartedly. For him the law which every practicing Jew lived by was not a code or a cold list of precepts, but an expression of the will of the living God. So he knew how to recognize the Lord’s voice when it came to him so unexpectedly and so surprisingly.

“St Joseph’s life was simple, but it was not easy. After considerable soul-searching, he learned that the son of Mary had been conceived through the Holy Spirit. And this child, the Son of God, the descendant of David according to the flesh, was born in a cave. Angels celebrated his birth, and distinguished people from distant countries came to adore him. But the King of Judea wanted to kill him, and they had to flee. The son of God was, it appeared, a defenseless child who would live in Egypt” (Christ is Passing By, no. 41).

 


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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