Patron of the Domincan Community of the Holy Face of Jesus
to pray the St. Joseph Chaplet:
While holding the St. Joseph medal, make the Sign of the Cross and then
St. Joseph Prayer:
Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before
the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires
O Saint Joseph, 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 Saint 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. Amen.
(This prayer was found in the 50th year of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. In 1505, it was sent from the pope to Emperor Charles when he
was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep
it about themselves shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor
shall poison take effect on them—neither shall they fall into the hands
of the enemy or be burned in any fire or be overpowered in battle. Say
for nine mornings for anything you desire. It has never been known to
fail, provided that the request is for one's spiritual benefit or for
those whom we are praying for.)
On the first bead, recite the Apostles'
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth, and in in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our
Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into
Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He
will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy
Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness
of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
On the second bead, recite the Our Father:
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy
Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this
day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those
who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver
us from evil.
On the third bead, recite the Anima Christi:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me to come to Thee.
That with Thy Saints, I may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen.
On the fourth bead, recite the Prayer for
the Help of the Holy Ghost
O God, send forth your Holy Ghost into my heart that I
may perceive, into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that
I may meditate. Inspire me to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and
mercy. Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses from beginning to
end. May your grace ever help and correct me, and may I be strengthened
now with wisdom from on high, for the sake of your infinite mercy. Amen.
On the fifth bead, recite My Sovereign Lady:
O Holy Mary, my sovereign Lady, into thy blessed trust
and special custody, and in the bosom of thy mercy, I this day and every
day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and my body. To thee
I commit all my hope and happiness, all my anxieties and miseries, my
life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and
through thy merits, all my actions may be guided and governed according
to thine and thy Son's will. Amen
Like the Holy Rosary, the St. Joseph chaplet is a "bead-prayer."
The beads are designed to keep count of the prayers. They are not required
to perform the devotion, however. There are 49 beads in the circlet, organized
into seven sets of seven beads. Each set is preceded by a larger bead.
This larger bead in the circlet are used to pray the "Prayer for
a Heavenly Crown" The seven beads in the circlet are used in petition
to St. Joseph for prayers and assistance in growing in virtue.
At the beginning of each section,
Recite Prayer for a Heavenly Crown, then we humbly pray for St. Joseph
to intercede on our behalf in asking our heavenly Father to bestow upon
us virtues which St, Joseph himself was a perfect model.
O St. Joseph, virgin father of Jesus and most pure
spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray every day for us to the same Jesus,
the Son of God,* that being defended by the power of His grace and striving
dutifully in life, we may be crowned by Him at the hour of death. Amen.
(Pope St. Pius X)
On each of the seven beads that follow you pray:
each of the seven beads that follow you pray:
V. St Joseph we love and
R. protect and guide us!
with the intention of obtaining each virtue prayed for on each section
of the chaplet (provided below). The purpose of the seven times
is to honor the Seven Sacraments and the Seven Sorrows and Joys of St.
We humbly pray for the virtue of …
1. Wisdom, Understanding & Counsel
2. Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety &
Fear of the Lord
(Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost)
3. Charity, Joy & Peace
4. Patience, Kindness & Goodness
5. Longsuffering, Mildness& Faith
6. Modesty, Temperance & Chastity
(Twelve Fruits of the Holy Ghost)
7. Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance & a love for Voluntary
Poverty, Perpetual Chastity, Entire Obedience
(Four Cardinal Virtues & ThreeEvangelical
After the last set of prayers, the Chaplet
is concluded with the Prayer of St. Joseph prescribed by Pope Leo XIII.
To you, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having
implored the help of your thrice holy Spouse, We now, with hearts filled
with confidence, Earnestly beg you also to take us under your protection.
By that charity, by which you were united to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother
of God, and by that fatherly love, with which you did cherish the Child
Jesus, We beseech you and we humbly pray that you will look down with
gracious eyes upon That inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His
Blood, And will aid us in our need by your power and strength. Defend
O most watchful guardian of the Holy family, The chosen offspring of Jesus
Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption.
Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, In this conflict with the
powers of darkness, and even as of old, You did rescue the Child Jesus
from the peril of His life, So now defend God's Holy Church from the snares
of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under your patronage,
that, following your example and strengthened by your help, we may live
a holy life, die a happy death, and attain everlasting bliss in Heaven.
St. Joseph hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.
St. Joseph of the House of David, pray for us. (repeat three times)
THE SEVEN SORROWS AND SEVEN JOYS
OF ST. JOSEPH
The Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph
1. The doubts of St. Joseph (Matt. 1:19)
2. The poverty of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:7)
3. The Circumcision (Luke 2:21)
4. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34)
5. The flight into Egypt (Matt. 2:14)
6. The return to Nazareth (Matt. 2:22)
7. The loss of the Child Jesus (Luke 2:45)
Seven Joys of St. Joseph
Told of the Incarnation (Matt. 1:20)
Angels adore the Infant Jesus (Luke 2:10-11)
3. Holy Name of Jesus (Matt. 1:25)
Effects of the Redemption (Luke 2:38)
5. Overthrow of the idols in Egypt (Is. 19:1)
6. Life with Jesus & Mary (Luke 2:39)
7. Jesus found in the temple (Luke 2:46)