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A Triduo To St. Joseph

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St. John Henry Newman wrote many meditations, devotions, and prayers. He wrote many of these after his conversion to Catholicism. Here is A Triduo to St. Joseph.1

First Day

He was the true and worthy Spouse of Mary, supplying in a visible manner the place of Mary’s invisible spouse, the Holy Spirit. He was a virgin, and his virginity was the faithful mirror of the virginity of Mary. He was the Cherub, placed to guard the new terrestrial paradise from the intrusion of every foe.

V. Blessed be the name of Joseph.

R. Henceforth and forever. Amen.

Let Us Pray

God, who in your ineffable Providence did choose Blessed Joseph to be the husband of your most holy Mother, grant, we beg You, that we may be made worthy to receive him for our intercessor in heaven, whom on earth we venerate as our holy Protector: who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

Second Day

His was the title of father of the Son of God, because he was the spouse of Mary, ever Virgin. He was our Lord’s father, because Jesus ever yielded to him the obedience of a son. He was our Lord’s father, because to him were entrusted, and by him were faithfully fulfilled, the duties of a father, in protecting Him, giving Him a home, sustaining and rearing Him, and providing Him with a trade.

V. Blessed be the name of Joseph.

R. Henceforth and forever. Amen.

Let Us Pray

God, who in your ineffable Providence did choose, etc.

Third Day

He is Holy Joseph, because according to the opinion of a great number of doctors, he, as well as St. John Baptist, was sanctified even before he was born. He is Holy Joseph, because his office, of being spouse and protector of Mary, specially demanded sanctity. He is Holy Joseph, because no other Saint but he lived in such and so long intimacy and familiarity with the source of all holiness, Jesus, God incarnate, and Mary, the holiest of creatures.

V. Blessed be the name of Joseph.

R. Henceforth and forever. Amen.

Let Us Pray

God, who in your ineffable Providence did choose, etc.

 

Sources

  1. For the original version with Newman’s English words see Newman Reader — Works of John Henry Newman
    Copyright © 2007 by The National Institute for Newman Studies. All rights reserved.