On May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, I attended a Joseph Day Retreat. Beyond placing him in my nativity set, I had never really given St. Joseph much attention. So, I welcomed this opportunity to get to know him.
One of things I learned at the retreat was that there is something called the Rosary of St. Joseph. According to the Oblates of St. Joseph website (https://osjusa.org/prayers/st-joseph-rosary/) the Rosary of St. Joseph can be prayed just as a “regular” Rosary substituting the Hail Mary with the prayer below using the following mysteries.
Joseph, son of David, and husband of Mary; we honor you, guardian of the Redeemer, and we adore the child you named Jesus. Saint Joseph, patron of the universal church, pray for us, that like you we may live totally dedicated to the interests of the Savior. Amen.
- Betrothal to Mary (Mt 1:18).
- Annunciation to Joseph (Mt 1:19-21).
- Birth and Naming of Jesus (Mt 1:22-25).
- Flight into Egypt (Mt 2:13-15).
- Hidden Life at Nazareth (Mt 2:23; Lk 2:51-52).
As we are in the middle of the “Year of Saint Joseph” as proclaimed by Pope Francis, I thought this would be a good time to try out this devotion.
Saint Joseph, pray for us!