History of St. Joseph Chaplet
As the patron saint of our chapter we desired to do something special for Saint Joseph, that he may protect us in these dark times. St. Joseph was declared the Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX on December 8th, 1870. The Catholic Church has provided so many wonderful prayers in honor of St. Joseph. It was then that our chapter decided to create a chaplet using those prayers dedicated to the Foster Father of Jesus.
The opening prayer - The Prayer to St. Joseph for Protection is dated back to the first century. It is promised that whoever shall read this prayer or take with them, shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire or shall be empowered in battle.
After the opening prayer we profess our faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church by reciting the Apostles Creed. The next three prayers are dedicated to God the Father (Our Father), God the Son (Anima Christi), and God the Holy Ghost (Holy Ghost Wisdom Prayer).
After professing our faith and calling on the Holy Trinity we say a prayer dedicated to Our Lady. My Sovereign Lady is an act of surrender to Our Lord through Our Lady’s most holy intercession and merits.
As the patron saint of all virtues, we selected specific virtues (Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost, Twelve Fruits of the Holy Ghost, Four Cardinal Virtues & the Three Evangelical Counsels) to pray for through the Protector of Holy Catholic Church. We thought it to be beneficial that before each group of intentions we would say a prayer to offer to St. Joseph so that he would here our humble petitions. So we chose the Prayer for a Heavenly Crown. This brief powerful prayer was written by Pope Saint Pius X. Announcing the group of virtues needs, we proceeded with the invocation "St. Joseph we love and honor you, protect and guide us" and we repeated this invocation seven times in honor of the Seven Sacraments (Baptism, Confession, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Confirmation, Extreme Unction & Holy Communion).
Our concluding prayer, To You, O Blessed Joseph, was prescribed by Pope Leo XIII and most appropriate for our times. St. Joseph is so often hidden throughout the history of the Catholic Church, but we must turn to him for protection from the enemy who is Satan, and beg that we be strengthened by his intercession and that the veil be removed from our eyes to see the current crisis in the Catholic Church as it is.
Through the intercession of St. Joseph and his Most Holy Spouse, we all desire to be united to Christ in holiness and purity. We hope that you receive many blessing from reciting this inspired chaplet.
Quemadmodum Deus by Pope Pius IX
On December 8, 1870, The Sacred Congregation of Rites promulgated the following decree, which communicated the decision of Pope Pius IX to declare St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church, and which also raised St. Joseph’s feast of March 19 to the rank of double of the first class.
As almighty God appointed Joseph, son of the patriarch Jacob, over all the land of Egypt to save grain for the people, so when the fullness of time had come and He was about to send to earth His only-begotten Son, the Savior of the world, He chose another Joseph, of whom the first had been the type, and He made him the lord and chief of His household and possessions, the guardian of His choicest treasures.
Indeed, he had as his spouse the Immaculate Virgin Mary, of whom was born by the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ our Lord, who deigned to be reputed in the sight of men as the son of Joseph, and was subject to him.
Him whom countless kings and prophets had desired to see, Joseph not only saw but conversed with, and embraced in paternal affection, and kissed. He most diligently reared Him whom the faithful were to receive as the bread that came down from heaven whereby they might obtain eternal life.
Because of this sublime dignity which God conferred on his most faithful servant, the Church has always most highly honored and praised blessed Joseph next to his spouse, the Virgin Mother of God, and has besought his intercession in times of trouble.
And now therefore, when in these most troublesome times the Church is beset by enemies on every side, and is weighed down by calamities so heavy that ungodly men assert that the gates of hell have at length prevailed against her, the venerable prelates of the whole Catholic world have presented to the Sovereign Pontiff their own petitions and those of the faithful committed to their charge, praying that he would deign to constitute St. Joseph Patron of the Church. And this time their prayer and desire was renewed by them even more earnestly at the Sacred Ecumenical Council of the Vatican.
Accordingly, it has now pleased our Most Holy Sovereign, Pope Pius IX, in order to entrust himself and all the faithful to the Patriarch St. Joseph’s most powerful patronage, has chosen to comply with the prelates’ desire and has solemnly declared him Patron of the Catholic Church.
He has also ordered that his feast on March 19th by henceforth celebrated as a double of the first class, without any Octave, however, because of Lent. He arranged, moreover, that a declaration to this effect be promulgated through the present decree of The Sacred Congregation of Rites on this day sacred to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, the most chaste Joseph’s Spouse. All things to the contrary notwithstanding.