Sunday, December 5, 2010

Advent Meditations and St. Joseph, Continued

The following prayer is taken from the St. Joseph Daily Missal printed in 1957 and is a prayer meant to be prayed before Mass. An indulgence of 3 years was attached to it. Regardless, I think it is a beautiful prayer and reminds me of what I have overlooked about St. Joseph.

O Blessed Joseph, happy man, to whom it was given not only to see and to hear that God Whom many kings longed to see, and saw not, to hear, and heard not; but also to carry Him in your arms, to embrace Him, to clothe Him, and to guard and defend Him.

V:Pray for us, O Blessed Joseph
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray: O God, Who have given us a royal priesthood, we beseech You, that as Blessed Joseph was found worthy to touch with his hands, and to bear in his arms, Your Only-begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary, so may we be made fit, by cleanness of heart and blamelessness of life, to minister at Your holy altar; may we, this day, with reverent devotion partake of the Sacred Body and Blood of Your Only-begotten Son, and may we in the world to come be accounted worthy of receiving an everlasting reward. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

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