SEVEN SORROWS AND JOYS OF
Among the many exercises of piety practiced in honor of St. Joseph,
there is one generally known, namely, that of meditating on his
Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys. This devotion owes its origin to a
celebrated event, never omitted by any historian of the Saint.
It is as follows:
Two Fathers of the Franciscan order were sailing along the coast
of Flanders, when a terrible tempest arose, which sank the vessel,
with its three hundred passengers. The two Fathers had sufficient
presence of mind to seize hold of a plank, upon which they were
tossed to and fro upon the waves, for three days and nights. In
their danger and affliction, their whole recourse was to St. Joseph,
begging his assistance in their sad condition. The Saint, thus invoked,
appeared in the habit of a young man of beautiful features, encouraged
them to confide in his assistance, and, as their pilot, conducted
them into a safe harbor. They, desirous to know who their benefactor
was asked his name, that they might gratefully acknowledge so great
a blessing and favor. He told them he was St. Joseph, and advised
them daily to recite the Our Father and Hail Mary seven times, in
memory of his seven dolors or griefs, and of his seven joys, and
(Recite one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be after each number)
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
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Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?