Pope Francis proclaimed this the Year of St. Joseph, marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph as the patron saint of the Universal Church. In lieu of our regular Parish wide consecration to Mary, this year we will do a devotion and consecration to St. Joseph.
On Sunday, January 31 we began the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph by the St. Josemaria Institute. “The Seven Sundays Devotion is a long-standing tradition of the Church in preparation for the feast of St. Joseph on March 19. The devotion begins on the seventh Sunday before March 19 and honors the seven joys and seven sorrows that St. Joseph experienced as husband of the Mother of God, faithful guardian of Christ, and head of the holy family. The devotion is a prayerful opportunity to ‘help us find out what God is telling us through the simple life of Mary’s husband’” (St. Josemaria Escriva; Christ is Passing By, no. 39).
Each Sunday from Jan. 31 to March 14 we will pray the Litany of St. Joseph after Mass followed by our regular prayer to St. Michael. Prayers and reflections can be found in the bulletin and on the homepage of our website for you to pray at home.
33 Day Consecration to St. Joseph
Along with the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph, we will also be doing a Parish wide 33 day consecration to St. Joseph beginning on Monday, February 15 and ending with the consecration on the Feast of St. Joseph on Friday, March 19. Daily prayers and reflections can be found here.
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SEVEN SUNDAYS DEVOTION TO SAINT JOSEPH
You can follow along with the complete Seven Sunday Devotion to St. Joseph, by the St. Josemaria Institute, here.
SEVENTH SUNDAY - March 14, 2021
His sorrow when he lost the Child Jesus; His joy in finding him in the temple.
O glorious Saint Joseph, pattern of all holiness, when you lost the child Jesus, you sought him sorrowing for the space of three days, until with great joy you found him again in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors. By this sorrow and this joy, we ask you, with our hearts upon our lips, to keep us from ever having the misfortune of losing Jesus through mortal sin. Grant also that we always may seek him with unceasing sorrow, when we commit a serious sin, until we find him again, ready to show us his great mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
GOSPEL READING | LUKE 2:41 – 5 0
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but, supposing him to be in the company, they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. After three days they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.”
And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
“Faith, hope, love: these are the supports of Joseph’s life and of all Christian lives. Joseph’s self-giving is an interweaving of faithful love, loving faith and confident hope. His feast is thus a good opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Christian calling God has given each of us. “When you sincerely desire to live by faith, hope and love, the renewal of your commitment is not a matter of picking up again something neglected.
When there really is faith, hope and love, renewal means staying in God’s hands, despite our personal faults, mistakes and defects. It is a confirmation of our faithfulness. Renewing our commitment means renewing our fidelity to what God wants of us: it means expressing our love in deeds” (Christ is Passing By, no. 43).
Conclude by praying the Litany of St. Joseph.
LITANY OF ST. JOSEPH
Lord, have mercy on us... Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, hear us... Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven... Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world... Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit... Have mercy on us.
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… Pray for us.
Light of patriarchs… Pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God… Pray for us.
Guardian of the Virgin… Pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God… Pray for us.
Faithful guardian of Christ… Pray for us.
Head of the holy family… Pray for us.
Joseph, chaste and just… Pray for us.
Joseph, prudent and brave… Pray for us.
Joseph, obedient and loyal… Pray for us.
Pattern of patience… Pray for us.
Lover of poverty… Pray for us.
Model of workers… Pray for us.
Example to parents… Pray for us.
Guardian of virgins… Pray for us.
Pillar of family life… Pray for us.
Comfort of the troubled… Pray for us.
Hope of the sick… Pray for us.
Patron of the dying… Pray for us.
Terror of evil spirits… Pray for us.
Protector of the Church… Pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world… Spare us O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world… Graciously hear us O Lord.
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.