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St. Joseph Chaplet

Foster Father of Jesus, Wonderworker
Feasts: March 19th, Month of March, and May 1st

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Picture:
Ite Ad Joseph - Go to Joseph:


This chaplet is divided into 15 groups of four beads consisting of one white and three purple (or blue) beads. The white beads symbolize St. Joseph's purity, and the purple his saintly piety.

The centre is in gilt #285g and the medal is #711.There are also several options in antique silver.
The Two Josephs

The chaste Joseph of the old Testament was a prototype of St. Joseph, the foster father of our Lord. Pharaoh raised him from his humble position in life to the highest dignity in the land and directed all his subjects to apply to Joseph in their needs, saying, Ite ad Joseph "Go to Joseph!" (Genesis 11:55)

In the same words Holy Church and the Vicar of Christ direct the faithful to have recourse to St. Joseph in all their spiritual and temporal necessities.


St. Joseph's Intercession


As foster father of Jesus and spouse of the Virgin Mother, St. Joseph enjoys a unique splendour and a power of intercession far above that of every other Saint except Our Lady. Except for the Blessed Virgin, who can plead with Jesus more effectually than St. Joseph? For if Jesus was obedient to him during His earthly life, will He not now delight to hearken with a special readiness to St. Joseph's pleadings on behalf of those who have recourse to him? Inexpressibly great, therefore, is St. Joseph's power of intercession in Heaven; inexpressibly great is also his love for us, his charges here on earth. For this reason let us place boundless confidence in him in all the affairs of life.
Method of Recitation:
Prayer to St. Joseph
1) On the medal an Act of Contrition and/or a Spiritual Communion or the Apostles Creed is to be prayed.

2) On each white bead, a Mystery of the Rosary is considered and the Hail Mary is said. This was composed for the original 15 decades of the Rosary, so use the Joyful, Sorrowful, and the Glorious Mysteries for meditation.

3) On the purple beads pray:
Praised and blessed be Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

4) The chaplet is completed at the centre medal with the following:
V. Pray for us, O holy St. Joseph,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray
O God, Who predestined St. Joseph from all eternity for the service of Thine Eternal Son and His Blessed Mother, and made him worthy to be the spouse of this Blessed Virgin and the foster father of Thy Son, we beseech Thee, through all the services he rendered to Jesus and Mary on earth, do Thou make us worthy of his intercession on earth and grant us to enjoy the happiness of his company in Heaven, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(this prayer is said to be over 1900 years old)


Oh St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me.

Amen.


There are additional chaplets dedicated to St. Joseph and we hope to include those as well in the coming weeks.