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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

St. Joseph Chaplet

The St. Joseph Prayer was found in the 50th year of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. It is said that whoever shall read this prayer or take it with them, 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 shall be burned in any fire or shall be empowered in battle.
The Chaplet is concluded with the Prayer of St. Joseph prescribed by Pope Leo XIII.

There is the Cross, 5 beads and then the circlet.
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. The first set is for the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost; the next 4 sets are for the 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost; and the 7th set is for the 4 Cardinal Virtues & the 3 Evangelical Counsels. 

On the Cross:
St. Joseph Prayer:
O 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
1st Bead:
Apostles Creed
2nd Bead:
Our Father
3rd Bead:
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 of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within thy sacred wounds hide me.
From the wicked enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me and bid me come to thee that with thy saints I may praise thee forever and ever. Amen
4th Bead:
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.
5th: Bead:
My Sovereign Lady
O Holy Mary , my sovereign Lady, into your blessed trust and special custody, and into the heart of your mercy, I this day, and every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my whole being. To you I commit all my hope and happiness, all my cares and concerns and my whole life, that, through your most holy intercession and through your merits, all my actions may be guided and governed according to your will and that of your divine Son. Amen.

On the large beads:
Prayer for a Heavenly Crown
O Saint 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 Pius X)
We humbly pray for the virtue of: (one per set)
1. Wisdom, Understanding & Counsel
2. Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety & Fear of the Lord
3. Charity, Joy & Peace
4. Patience, Benignity (Kindness) & Goodness
5. Longsuffering, Mildness& Faith (Fidelity)
6. Modesty, Continency & Chastity
7. Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance & a love for Voluntary Poverty, Perpetual Chastity, Entire Obedience
On the small beads:
V. St, Joseph, we love and honor you,
R. Protect and Guide Us.
Conclude with:
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. Amen
St. Joseph hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
St. Joseph of the House of David, pray for us.
St. Joseph of the House of David, pray for us.
St. Joseph of the House of David, pray for us.

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