St. Joseph's Guidance

I am looking to pray to St Joseph for guidance in the areas of chastity and the living of upright Christian manhood (I know he was Jewish, but I can’t help thinking he would have listened to and followed his virgin wife’s Son). I am wondering if there is any type of daily devotion to him beyond the litany and other short prayers. Not a consecration, per se, but does anybody know of any daily devotions that would set my eyes on Jesus through His foster father, St Joseph?

I am consecrated to Jesus through Mary, but would like in addition to learn how to be a strong and devout Christian man through the intercession of St Joseph.

Thank you for your help.:slight_smile:

Have you heard about the Cord of St. Joseph? What about the St. Joseph Chaplet?

Could you explain the Cord of St Joseph?

You Knew How to Love

Saint Joseph, from your workshop
To the family table.
From the streets of Bethlehem
To the roads of exile.
With all your heart.
You knew how to love
Mary and Jesus.
With love, you shared everything.

Beginning with the daily bread.
You gave advice.
Even silences and amused smiles.
With all your heart
You knew how to love
Mary and Jesus.

With patience, you opened your heart.
You made yourself welcoming.
Though you did not always understand everything.
Day in day out, you went to the school of Love.
With all your heart.
You knew how to love
Mary and Jesus.

Because you trusted, you never gave up.
You carried on no matter what.
God filled you, body and soul
As with your family, you remained constant
With all your heart.
You knew how to love
Mary and Jesus.

Saint Joseph, teach me to love!

by Luce Dion

JMJ,

 Ricardo

You might find something of interest to you here…

Men of St Joseph… I met some of them at St Joseph’s Oratory…Men commited to Jesus Christ… marrieds, singles, priests…

menofstjoseph.us/

JMJ,

 Ricardo

Perfect! I assume the first Marian devotee was St Joseph!

catholictradition.org/Joseph/joseph23.htm

**The Cord of Saint Joseph **

The devotion to the Cord of St. Joseph took its rise in the town of Antwerp, Belgium, in 1637, in consequence of a miraculous cure effected by the wearing of this precious girdle. At that time there lived there an Augustinian nun of great piety, named Sr. Elizabeth, who had suffered for three years excruciating pains occasioned by a cruel distemper. She had reached such a stage that the doctors, seeing no possible recourse, declared her death to be inevitable and imminent. Sr. Elizabeth turned to Heaven, and having always been particularly devoted to St. Joseph, she asked him to intercede to Our Lord for her recovery. At the same time she had a cord blessed in the Saint’s honor, girded herself with it, a few days after, as she prayed before st. Joseph’s image, she felt herself suddenly free of the pain. Those who were acquainted with her illness declared her recovery miraculous; an act of authenticity was drawn up with a public notary and the doctor, who happened to be a Protestant, concurred. The miracle was recorded and published at Verona and Rome between 1810-42. During the month of March of the latter year, the Devotion to the Cord came into existence. Cords were blessed in the Church of St. Nicholas, Verona, for hospital patients.

The chapel in the church is dedicated to St. Joseph. Numerous special graces were obtained and the devotion spread to France, all parts of Italy and even to America and Asia. The cord was invoked, not merely as a remedy against physical ailments, but also as a preservative of the virtue of purity.

The Bishop of Verona became aware of the necessity of addressing a supplication to the Congregation of Rites, which he did by letter on January 14, 1859. After a mature examination the Sacred Congregation, in accordance with the request, approved on September 19 of that year, the new formula of blessing and permitted its solemn and private use. Finally the Bishop obtained for the Association of the Cord the privilege of being declared 'primarie," and at the same time His Holiness, Pope Pius IX enriched it with special indulgences.

GRACES ATTACHED TO THE WEARING OF THE CORD

Graces precious to the piety of St. Joseph’s servants are attached to the
wearing of this cord. They are:

  1. St. Joseph’s special protection;
  2. Purity of soul;
  3. The grace of chastity;
  4. Final perseverance;
  5. Particular assistance at the hour of death.

NATURE OF THE CORD AND THE MANNER OF WEARING IT

The Cord of St. Joseph should be of thread or cotton, ending at one extremity
in seven knots, indicative of the Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph. It is worn as a girdle for purity or chastity and humility and around the shoulders for obedience. It ought to be blessed by a priest with the faculties for this blessing. Pius IX approved a special formula for the blessing of the cord of St. Joseph. [See a copy 1964 Roman Ritual-----we do not have one here, sorry].

WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR CORD, IT WILL BE A LONG CORD WITH A KNOT AT EACH END.
AT ONE END YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE 6 KNOTS TO ADD TO THE ONE ALREADY THERE. THIS IS THE PART OF THE CORD THAT HANGS FREE AFTER TYING ABOUT THE WAIST OR SHOULDER.

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