Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph

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Join the St. Josemaria Institute for the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph
from February 3 to March 17, 2019.

The Seven Sundays Devotion is a long-standing tradition of the Church in preparation for the feast of St Joseph on March 19th. The devotion begins on the seventh Sunday before March 19th and honors the seven joys and 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).

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“The whole Church recognizes St Joseph as a patron and guardian. For centuries many different features of his life have caught the attention of believers. He was a man ever faithful to the mission God gave him. That is why, for many years now, I have liked to address him affectionately as ‘our father and lord.’

“St Joseph really is a father and lord. He protects those who revere him and accompanies them on their journey through this life — just as he protected and accompanied Jesus when he was growing up. As you get to know him, you discover that the holy patriarch is also a master of the interior life — for he teaches us to know Jesus and share our life with him, and to realize that we are part of God’s family. St Joseph can teach us these lessons, because he is an ordinary man, a family man, a worker who earned his living by manual labour — all of which has great significance and is a source of happiness for us.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 39


First Sunday
His sorrow when he decided to leave the Blessed Virgin;
his joy when the angel told him the mystery of the Incarnation.

Second Sunday
His sorrow when he saw Jesus born in poverty;
his joy when the angels announced Jesus’ birth.

Third Sunday
His sorrow when he saw Jesus’ blood shed in circumcision;
his joy in giving him the name Jesus.

Fourth Sunday
His sorrow when he heard the prophecy of Simeon;
his joy when he learned that many would be saved through the sufferings of Jesus.

Fifth Sunday
His sorrow when he had to flee to Egypt;
his joy in being always with Jesus and Mary.

Sixth Sunday
His sorrow when he was afraid to return to his homeland;
his joy on being told by the angel to go to Nazareth.

Seventh Sunday
His sorrow when he lost the Child Jesus;
his joy in finding him in the temple.

*The prayers for the Seven Sundays Devotion are taken from the Handbook of Prayers and have been reprinted with permission from Midwest Theological Forum. The reflections from St. Josemaria Escriva are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without authorization from the Studium Foundation.

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