ii. 300 Days, every Wednesday in the year, and every day of the two Novenas preceding the two feasts of St Joseph, i.e., his principal feast, March 19, and the feast of his Patronage (third Sunday after Easter).
iii. Plenary, on each of these two feasts, to all who shall say the prayers. I, II.
iv. Plenary, once a month. I, II.
v. 300 Days, on each of the first six Sundays, to all the faithful who say the Prayers on any seven consecutive Sundays in the year.
vi. Plenary, on each of the Seven Sundays. The same Indulgence is also granted to the illiterate, wherever this devotion is not publicly practised, provided only they say seven times Pater noster, Ave Maria and Gloria Patri instead of the Prayers which follow.
I, II,III, IV. (See Instructions.) 300 Pius VII, Card. Vic. December 9, 1819 ; Gregory XVI, January 22, 1836 ; Pius IX, February i, 1847, March 22, 1847.
I. PURE spouse of most holy Mary, glorious St Joseph, the trouble and anguish of thy heart were great when, being in sore perplexity, thou wast minded to put away thy stainless spouse; yet was thy joy inexpressible when the Archangel revealed to thee the sublime mystery of the Incarnation. By this thy sorrow and thy joy, we pray thee comfort our souls now and in their last pains with the consolation of a well-spent life, and a holy death like unto thy own, with JESUS and Mary at our side.
III. O THOU who wast ever most obedient in executing the law of GOD, glorious St Joseph, thy heart was pierced with pain when the precious Blood of the Infant SAVIOUR was shed at his Circumcision ; but with the Name of JESUS new life and heavenly joy returned to thee. By this thy sorrow and thy joy, obtain for us that, being freed, while we still live, from every vice, we too may cheerfully die with the sweet Name of JESUS in our hearts and on our lips.
Ant. JESUS Himself was about thirty years old, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph.
V/. Pray for us, holy Joseph.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of CHRIST.
O GOD, who in thine ineffable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of thy most holy Mother; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may have him for our intercessor in heaven, whom on earth we venerate as our holy Protector. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.
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