Devotions to St Ioseph Consisting of Five Prayers
Taken from the Coeleste Palmetum, 1741, 1872, and 1890 editions.
|I. Oratio, qua S. Ioseph in patronum eligitur||I. Prayer to choose St. Joseph as one's patron|
|O S. IOSEPH, Redemptoris mei Christi Iesu fidelis oeconome ac nutricie, castissime Virginis Deiparae sponse! Ego NN. te hodie in patronum et advocatum meum singularem eligo, firmiterque propono, me numquam te derelictum, nec permissurum, ut a quoquam ex meis subditis aliquid contra tuum honorem agatur. A te igitur peto suppliciter, ut me in clientem perpetuum suscipere, in rebus dubiis instruere, in adversis solari, in hora denique mortis defendere ac protegere dignaris. Amen.||O SAINT JOSEPH, who art the faithful steward and foster-father of my Redeemer Jesus Christ, and who art the spouse of the most chaste Virgin Mother of God, I (N.) choose thee today as my patron and singular advocate. I firmly declare to never desert thee, nor to permit anything done against thy honor by any of my own charges. Therefore I humbly beg thee to graciously accept me as thy perpetual companion, to instruct me in uncertainty, to console me in adversity, and to protect and defend me at my hour of death. Amen.|
|II. Oratio, ad impetrandam D. Ioseph intercessione gratiam pie communicandi||II. Prayer asking St Joseph's intercession for the grace of a worthy Communion|
|O BEATISSIME IOSEPH, quanta tibi a Deo gratia concessa est, quod unigenitum eius Filium in carne (quem tot reges videre frustra exoptarunt) non tantum videris, sed et brachiis paterno affectu amplexus fueris! Utinam ego hoc tuo exemplo inflammatus, et patrocinio adiutus, Dominum ac Redemptorem meum Christum Iesum simili amoris ac reverentiae affectu complectar in sanctissimo Altaris Sacramento, quo merear eundem posthac aeternum complecti in caelis. Amen.||O MOST BLESSED JOSEPH, such a great grace has been granted to thee by God. For not only didst thou see His only-begotten Son in the flesh, whom so many kings greatly desired to see in vain, but thou also embraced Him in thy arms with paternal affection. Oh that were I so inflamed with this thy example, and aided by thy help, that I might embrace this same Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar with a similar love and reverence, and that I may be worthy afterwards to come to embrace Him in heaven in eternity. Amen.|
|III. Oratio, ut S. Ioseph in via vitae huius ducem et comitem impetremus||III. Prayer asking St Joseph to be one's companion and guide in this life|
|O S. IOSEPH! qui tanquam pater et manuductor Christum Iesum in pueritia et iuventute per omnes peregrinationis humanae vias fidelissime deduxisti: et mihi obsecro in vitae meae peregrinatione tanquam comes et ductor assiste, nec unquam permitte me a via mandatorum Dei declinare; sis in adversis praesidium, in aerumnis solatium, donec tandem ad terram viventium perveniam, ubi tecum et sanctissima sponsa tua Maria, omnibusque Sanctis aeternum in Deo Iesu meo exultem. Amen.||O SAINT JOSEPH, just as thou as father and mentor didst most faithfully guide Jesus Christ during His boyhood and adolescence through His journeys in this life, I beseech thee to assist me in the wanderings of my life as just such a companion and guide. Never permit me to turn aside from the path of God's commandments. Be for me a protection in adversity, and a solace in hardship, until I finally arrive in the land of the living, where I may rejoice forever with thee, with the most holy spouse Mary, and with all the saints in my God Jesus. Amen.|
|IV. Oratio, ad quaelibet D. Ioseph intercessione impetranda||IV. Prayer asking for St Joseph's intercession|
|O S. IOSEPH! cui Iesus hic in terris sese subiecit, prompteque oboedivit, quemque singulari semper honore et amore prosecutus est; quomodo idem in caelis, ubi tua nunc remunerantur merita, quidquam tibi denegabit? Ora pro me, o S. Ioseph! gratiamque impetra imprimis, ut peccata omnia serio detester et fugiam, praesertim ista NN. vitam in melius emendem, constanterque me in virtutum studio impendam, praesertim istarum NN ab his NN tentationibus, et peccati occasionibus, quibus anima mea in periculum damnationis induci posset, et ab afflictione ac miseria hac N. nisi divinae id voluntati, meaeque saluti adversetur, liberer. In his tamen et aliis omnibus totum me divino arbitrio et dispositioni, tuaeque paternae fidei, O S. Ioseph! subiicio et committo. Amen.||O SAINT JOSEPH, to whom Jesus subjected Himself while on this earth, whom He promptly obeyed, and whom He always followed with such honor and love, how much more so now thou art in heaven where thy merits are now rewarded! What will He thus deny thee? Pray for me, O St. Joseph! Most importantly beg for me the grace that I may earnestly pray for deliverance from and flee from all my sins, especially NN. Pray for me that I may amend my life for the better and constantly set myself forth with zeal in virtue, especially in the virtue of NN against the temptation of NN. Free me from the occasions of sin which might lead my soul into danger of damnation. Free me from the affliction and misery of NN, (unless such freedom is opposed to divine will and my salvation). In these and all other things, O St. Joseph, I submit myself and commit myself to divine authority and judgment, and to thy paternal care. Amen.|
|V. Oratio, pro felici morte impetranda||V. Prayer asking for a happy death|
|O S. IOSEPH! qui in suavissimo Iesu clientis tui, et dulcissimae sponsae tuae Mariae complexu ex hac vita emigrasti: succurre mihi, o S. Pater! cum Iesu et Maria, tunc potissimum, quando mors vitae meae finem imponet; illudque (quod unice peto) solatium mihi impetra, ut in iisdem sanctissimis Iesu et Mariae brachiis exspirem. In manus vestras vivens et moriens commendo spiritum meum, Iesus, Maria, Ioseph! Amen.||O SAINT JOSEPH, thou left this life in the gentle embrace of thy sweet spouse Mary and thy adopted son Jesus. Help me, O holy Father, along with Jesus and Mary, that at the appointed time when death puts an end to my life; obtain for me the one thing I ask, that same solace, so that in those same arms of Jesus and Mary I may expire. Into your hands, O Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, living and dying I commend my spirit! Amen.|
From the Coeleste Palmetum. Tr. MWM.