It’s the break between semesters and frankly I never know nor care what day of the week it is, as there is plenty of time to know the day, the hour, and the tasks due during the semester. To that effect, I’m kicking off Memory Mondays today.
Every once in a while on Mondays, I’ll post a prayer to memorize and we will have until the following Sunday to memorize the prayer. Seven days should suffice. I’ve memorized three scripts in less than that time for professional acting classes. Memorization is good for the dome, and when you are memorizing powerful prayers, it’s good for the soul.
The first Memory Monday on January 04 will be To Thee, O Blessed Joseph. Below the prayer in English and Latin.
Daughters of Mary Press have a powerful digital download or CD praying the Most Holy Rosary, and it includes this prayer. If you are an auditory learner, I would highly suggest you check out this audio prayer resource. If you pray the Rosary, you will truly enjoy these recordings. There are sample recordings at their website.
Also, if you are a visual learner, the Association of Marian Helpers at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy have a beautiful prayer card with both the LItany of Saint Joseph and the To The, O Blessed Joseph prayer to St. Joseph composed by Pope Leo XIII recited after the Rosary.
If you would like to pray the Chaplet of Saint Joseph, the Sisters of Carmel will hand craft one for you to specific specifications. There are options at the website or you can correspond with the Sisters to create your own design.
I selected Cape Amethyst and Mother of Pearl. The Chaplet of Saint Joseph was so stunning that I purchased one for my sister’s 50th Birthday. When a Cloistered Carmelite Nun creates your Chaplet, you know you are on your way to singing with the Angels!
To thee, O blessed Joseph
To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and, having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength. Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven. Amen.
Ad te beáte Joseph, in Latine
Ad te beáte Joseph, in tribulatióne nostra confúgimus, atque, imploráto Sponsæ tuæ sanctíssimæ auxílio, patrocínium quoque tuum fidenter expóscimus. Per eam, quæsumus, quæ te cum immaculáta Vírgine Dei Genitríce coniúnxit, caritátem, perque patérnum, quo Púerum Iesum ampléxus es, amórem, súpplices deprecámur, ut ad hereditátem, quam Iesus Christus acquisívit Sánguine suo, benígnus respícias, ac necessitátibus nostris tua virtúte et ope succúrras. Tuére, o Custos providentíssime divínæ Famíliæ, Iesu Christi sóbolem eléctam; próhibe a nobis, amantíssime Pater, omnem errórum ac corruptelárum luem; propítius nobis, sospítator noster fortíssime, in hoc cum potestáte tenebrárum certámine e cælo adésto; et sicut olim Púerum Iesum e summo eripuísti vitre discrímine, ita nunc Ecclesiam sanctam Dei ab hostílibus insídiis atque ab omni adversitáte défende: nosque síngulos perpétuo tege patrocínio, ut ad tui exémplar et ope tua suffúlti, sancte vívere, pie émori, sempiternámque in cælis beatitúdinem ássequi possímus. Amen.