Pope Francis proclaimed this the Year of St. Joseph, marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph as the patron saint of the Universal Church. To celebrate this, we will do a Parish wide 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.
FIFTH SUNDAY - Feb. 28, 2021
His sorrow when he had to flee to Egypt; His joy in being always with Jesus and Mary.
O most watchful guardian of the Son of God, glorious Saint Joseph, great was your toil in supporting and waiting upon the Son of God, especially during the flight into Egypt! Yet, how you rejoiced to have God himself always near you. By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us the grace that would keep us safe from the devil, especially the help we need to flee from dangerous situations. May we serve Jesus and Mary, and for them alone may we live and happily die.
GOSPEL READING | MATTHEW 2:13 – 1 5
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt have I called my son.”
“Joseph’s faith does not falter, he obeys quickly and to the letter. To understand this lesson better, we should remember that Joseph’s faith is active, that his docility is not passive submission to the course of events. For the Christian’s faith has nothing whatever to do with conformity, inertia or lack of initiative.
Joseph entrusted himself unreservedly to the care of God, but he always reflected on events and so was able to reach that level of understanding of the works of God which is true wisdom. In this way he learned little by little that supernatural plans have a logic which at times upsets human plans.” (Christ is Passing By, no. 42).
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.