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Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is ordinarily an afternoon or evening devotion and consists in the singing of certain hymns, or litanies, or canticles, before the Blessed Sacrament, which is exposed upon the altar in a monstrance and is surrounded with lights. At the end, the priest, his shoulders enveloped in a humeral veil, takes the monstrance into his hands and with it makes the sign of the cross (hence the name Benediction) in silence over the kneeling congregation. Benediction is often employed as a conclusion to other services, e.g. Vespers, Compline, the Stations of the Cross, etc., but it is also still more generally treated as a rite complete in itself.

At the beginning of Benediction, All Kneel
O Salutaris Hostia  
O saving Victim, opening wide,
The gate of heaven to man below!
Our foes press on from every side;
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

  O salutaris Hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.

To Thy great name by endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, one in Three;
Oh, grant us endless length of days,
In our true native land with Thee.
  Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.
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Tantum Ergo Sacramentum  
Humbly let us voice our homage
For so great a sacrament:
Let all former rites surrender
To the Lord's New Testament
What our senses fail to fathom
Let us grasp through faith's consent.

    Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Glory, honor, adoration
Let us sing with one accord!
Praised be God, almighty Father;
Praised be Christ, his Son, our Lord;
Praised be God the Holy Spirit;
Triune Godhead be adored!
    Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
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Priest: You have given them bread from heaven. (Alleluia.)    
People: Containing in itself all delight. (Alleluia.)    
Priest: Let us pray. O God, who in this wonderful sacrament left us a memorial of your passion, grant we implore you, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of your redemption. You who live and reign forever and ever.    
People: Amen.    
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, True God and True man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste Spouse..
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
May the Heart of Jesus * in the Most Blessed Sacrament * be praised, adored and loved * with grateful affection * at every moment * in all the tabernacles of the world * even to the end of time. Amen.

Prayer for Vocations
All: O Jesus the good Shepherd, * seeing the people abandoned like sheep without a shepherd, * You exclaimed, * "The harvest indeed is great, * but the workers are few," and exhorted us to pray to Your Divine Father * to send laborers into His harvest. * Graciously hear our prayers, * and through the intercession of Your most holy Mother Mary, * of Saint Joseph, * and of all the saints, * send into Your Church true workers * inflamed with zeal for the salvation of souls. * This we ask of You * by that most precious blood which You shed for us * and by the merits of Your most sacred Heart. Amen.

At the end of Benediction, All Stand

Hymn to the Blessed Trinity
  1. Holy God we praise Thy Name;
    Lord of all, we bow before Thee
    All on earth Thy sceptre claim;
    All in Heaven above adore Thee.

    Infinite Thy vast domain,
    Everlasting is Thy reign.
    Infinite Thy vast domain,
    Everlasting is Thy reign.
  1. Holy Father, Holy Son,
    Holy Spirit, Three we name thee,
    While in essence only One,
    Undivided God we claim thee:

    And adoring bend the knee,
    While we own the mystery.
    And adoring bend the knee,
    While we own the mystery.

Holy Spouses Rosary


Prayers and instructions along with the Mysteries of the Holy Spouses Rosary can be viewed and prinred via this PDF file.


The purpose of this devotion is to allow you to focus on Christ through the lens of the two people who were closest to him on earth and who remain closest to him in heaven.

The Holy Spouses Rosary is based upon the venerable Marian Rosary. It complements and extends this devotion in a way that includes Saint Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly (though not biological) father. It is prayed using the same beads beginning with the Apostles' Creed, three Hail Marys and an Our Father . On each of the five decade beads, the "Hail Mary" is substituted by a prayer patterned after it in a way that includes Joseph and is thus directed to the "Holy Spouses" together, rather than to Mary alone. St. Joseph is an integral part of proper reflection on the Joyful mysteries, which are here extended from five to ten in the Holy Spouses Mysteries of the Incarnation and the Hidden Life.

The Holy Spouses prayer, repeated ten times for each mystery, is patterned after the "Hail, Mary." It opens with the two titles with which the angel addresses Mary and Joseph at their respective annunciations: "Mary, full of grace, and Joseph, son of David" (Lk 1:28, Mt 1:20). Next, the Church's time-honored title for Mary, "Mother of God;" is complemented by the Church's more recent choice of title for Joseph, "guardian of the Redeemer." While Mary and Joseph are honored, the child Jesus is eternally praised: he is the center of their family, and his name remains at the very center of this prayer, as it should for every prayer. Mary and Joseph are invoked together as "Holy Spouses" and their prayers are sought not simply for ourselves as individuals, but also for our families and communities.

Pray the Concluding Prayers at the end of the last mystery.

One might recite mysteries one through five on Mondays and mysteries six through ten on Saturdays. However, individuals, couples, families, and communities may also pray them whenever most suited to them. One might also give special attention to the 23rd of each month, since the Feast of the Holy Spouses is celebrated on January 23.


The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

The Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

The Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

The Glory Be

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end.

The Holy Spouses Prayer

Mary, full of grace, and Joseph, son of David; honor to you, Mother of God, and to you, guardian of the Redeemer. Eternal praise to the child with whom you formed a family, Jesus. Holy Spouses, pray for us sinners, our families and communities, now and at the hour of our death.

Mysteries of the Holy Spouses Rosary

For each mystery pray the "Our Father," the "Holy Spouses Prayer" ten times (contemplating the mystery), and the "Glory Be."

  1. The Betrothal (Mt 1:18a)
    Imagine Mary's gratitude and her trust that her love for Joseph would express and support her most pure love for God. Think how Joseph must have considered himself most blessed to be betrothed to most holy Mary. Admire their unconditional commitment to each other according to God's plan. Meditate with the Holy Spouses on the wonder of God's call for you.
  2. The Annunciation to Mary (Lk1:28-38)
    Reflect upon Mary's humble heart filled with wonder at the appearance of the angel Gabriel choosing her for the greatest of all human missions. Admire the unreserved availability expressed in her fiat, "let it be done to me." With Mary exult in the greatness of God's love poured out for you through his Son come to be in her womb.
  3. The Annunciation to Joseph (Mt 1:18b-23)
    Imagine Joseph with Mary overwhelmed at the long-awaited news of the arrival of the Messiah. Fathom his reverent awe at the angel affirming his mission as husband to the Mother of God and earthly father to the Son of God. Enter with Joseph into gratitude for God's never-ending faithfulness to his promises. Adore the Christ who has come to save you from your sins.
  4. Joseph Takes Mary his Wife (Mt 1:24-25)
    Picture young Joseph and Mary coming t live together as pure spouses to provide family for the Son of God to be born to their Imagine how God's overwhelming love for them so deepens their love for each other With the Holy Spouses stand in awe at the mystery of God coming to us as the Son a Man in Mary's womb.
  5. The Birth of Jesus (Lk 2:6-7,16)
    With the Holy Spouses witness how the poverty of the Nativity only serves the more to appreciate God's infinite love poured out for us through the birth of his Son. With Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds experience the great joy of Emmanuel, God-with-us. With them adore your Savior, Christ the Lord.
  6. The Circumcision and Naming (Lk 2:21)
    Share the Holy Spouses' awe at the child who has come to fulfill the law and the covenant that for two millennia was signified by circumcision. Experience their wonder as the painful shedding of a drop of his blood already signifies the salvation indicated by the very Name that Go( chose for him. With Mary and Joseph adore Jesus your Savior.
  7. The Presentation of Jesus (Lk 2:22,34-35)
    Marvel with the Holy Spouses at the light of the Nations come to us as a small baby. He is the purest offering come from God and the unreservedly present him back tpo God. Consider how at the presentation of the gifts of bread and wine at every Eucharist we are to unite the offering of ourselves to Christ's self-oblation to the Father. Holy Spouses Rosary
  8. The Flight to and Return from Egypt (Mt 2:13-15)
    With the Holy Spouses first puzzle at the mystery of God Incarnate become dependent, threatened, a refugee with a price on his head. Then contemplate God's providence using this suffering to come to replace pagan idolatry and then return to the promised land as the true King of the New Covenant to which we are blessed to belong.
  9. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2:46-49)
    With the Holy Spouses stand in amazement at the twelve-year-old Jesus as he manifests divine wisdom while conversing with the religious teachers. Contemplate the mystery of the same Son of God present still in our Church, his Father's house, teaching us all Truth.
  10. The Hidden Life at Nazareth (Lk 2:51-52)
    Peacefully visualize the Holy Family at Nazareth, working, praying, studying, eating, conversing, laughing. Imagine how amidst the various events taking place throughout their years, the. Holy Spouses always have Jesus at the center of their lives. Experience Jesus, Mary, and Joseph calling you to holiness in your ordinary, everyday life.

Concluding Prayers

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
0 clement, 0 loving, 0 sweet Virgin Mary.

Prayer of Pope Leo XIII to St. Joseph

To you, 0 Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also. Through that sacred bond of charity which united, you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by his blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength. 0 most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity. Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.

Holy Spouses Litany

The prayer text of the Holy Spouses Litany can be viewed and printed via this PDF file.

St. Joseph Rosary

May be prayed just as the Marian Rosary, substituting the following prayer for the "Hail Mary":

Joseph, son of David, and husband of Mary; we honor you, guardian of the Redeemer, and we adore the child you named Jesus. Saint Joseph, patron of the universal church, pray for us, that like you we may live totally dedicated to the interests of the Savior. Amen.

Mysteries for each decade

  1. Betrothal to Mary (Mt 1:18)
  2. Annunciation to Joseph (Mt 1:19-21)
  3. Birth and Naming of Jesus (Mt 1:22-25)
  4. Flight into Egypt (Mt 2:13-15)
  5. Hidden Life at Nazareth (Mt 2:23; Lk 2:51-52)

St. Joseph Chaplet Rosary

The Saint Joseph Chaplet Rosary is divided into fifteen groups of four beads consisting of one white and three purple beads. The white beads symbolize Saint Joseph's purity. The purple beads symbolize his saintly piety.

On each of the fifteen white beads announce one of the mysteries of the Rosary and say two Hail Marys on that bead.

On each purple bead, including the first between the crucifix and the first white bead, say this prayer: "Praised and blessed be Jesus, Mary and Joseph! "

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
  6. The Agony in the Garden
  7. The Scourging
  8. The Crowing with Thorns
  9. The Carrying of the Cross
  10. The Crucifixion
  11. The Resurrection
  12. The Ascension
  13. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  14. The Assumption
  15. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin

End the chaplet with the following prayers:

Pray for us, O holy St. Joseph.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O God, Who has predestined St. Joseph from all eternity for the service of Thine Eternal Son and His Blessed Mother, and made him worthy to be the spouse of this Blessed Virgin and the foster father of Thy Son; we beseech Thee, through all the services he has rendered to Jesus and Mary on earth, that Thou wouldst make us worthy of his intercession and grant us to enjoy the happiness of his company in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of St. Joseph

There is more than one method to venerate a saint with devotion. Prayers composed at different times hold the same level of "dulia" in the saintly devotion. With regard to St. Joseph, we are a step below hyperdulia, specific to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

18th Century Prayer

Prayer text composed by Ven. Januarius Sarnelli, C.SS.R. (d. 1744) for the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of St. Joseph can be viewed and printed via this PDF file.

Congregation of the Oblates of Saint Joseph Prayer

  1. Chaste Lover of Mary, how overwhelmed you were when you thought that you would have to end your betrothal to her. But when the angel of God came to you in a dream, you were filled with awe to realize that Mary would be your wife, and you would be the guardian of the Messiah.

    Help us St. Joseph, help our families and all our loved ones to overcome all sadness of heart and develop an absolute trust in God's goodness.

  2. Faithful guardian of Jesus, what a failure you thought you were when you could only provide a stable for the birth of the Holy Child. And then what a wonder it was when shepherds came to tell of angel choirs, and wise men came to adore the King of Kings.

    Through your example and prayers, help us St. Joseph and all we love to become like sinless mangers where the Savior of the world may be received with absolute love and respect.

  3. Tender-hearted Joseph, you too felt pain when the blood of Jesus was first shed at His circumcision. Yet how proud you were to be the one privileged to give the name Jesus, Savior, to the very Son of God.

    Pray for us St. Joseph, that the sacred blood of Christ, poured out for our salvation, may guard our families, so the Divine Name of Jesus may be written in our hearts forever.

  4. Joseph, loving husband, how bewildered you were when Simeon spoke the words of warning that the hearts of Jesus and Mary would be pierced with sorrows. Yet his prediction that this would lead to the salvation of innumerable souls filled you with consolation.

    Help us, St. Joseph, to see with eyes of faith that even the sorrows and pains of those we deeply love can become the pathway to salvation and eternal life.

  5. Courageous protector of the Holy Family, how terrified you were when you had to make the sudden flight with Jesus and Mary to escape the treachery of King Herod and the cruelty of his soldiers. But when you reached Egypt, what satisfaction you had to know that the Savior of the world had come to replace the pagan idols.

    Teach us by your example, St. Joseph, to keep far from the false idols of earthly attractions, so that like you, we may be entirely devoted to the service of Jesus and Mary.

  6. Ever-obedient Joseph, you trustingly returned to Nazareth at God's command, in spite of your fear that King Herod's son might still be a threat to Jesus' life. Then what fatherly pride you had in seeing Jesus grow in wisdom and grace before God and men under your care.

    Show us St. Joseph, how to be free from all useless fear and worry, so we may enjoy the peace of a tranquil conscience, living safely with Jesus and Mary in our hearts.

  7. Dependable father and husband, how frantic you and Mary were when, through no fault of yours, you searched for three days to find Jesus. What incredible relief was yours when you found Him safe in the Temple of God.

    Help us St. Joseph, never to lose Jesus through the fault of our own sins. But if we should lose Him, lead us back with unwearied sorrow, until we find Him again; so that we, like you, may finally pass from this life, dying safely in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

And Jesus Himself, when he began His work, was about thirty years old being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph.

Pray for us, holy Joseph.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O blessed St. Joseph, tender-hearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, I pray and beseech you to offer to God the Father my praise to Him through his divine Son, who died on the cross and rose again to give us sinners new life. Through the holy name of Jesus, pray with us that we may obtain from the eternal Father, the favor we ask . . . (Pause) . . . We have been unfaithful to the unfailing love of God the Father; beg of Jesus mercy for us. Amid the splendors of God's loving presence, do not forget the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep. By your prayers and those of your most holy spouse, our Blessed Lady, may the love of Jesus answer our call of confident hope. Amen.

Hymns to Saint Joseph

Dear Guardian of Mary
Dear Guardian of Mary and Jesus her Child,
Earth's pathways are dreary, life's ocean is wild; 
Temptation and sorrow rage rampant and free,
Chaste Spouse of our Lady, we hasten to thee.
For thou to the pilgrim art father and guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe by thy side:
Ah! Blessed Saint Joseph, how safe should I be,
Chaste Spouse of our Lady,
If thou wert with me.
Let's Sing the Name of Joseph
is an optional hymn often used to begin the Novena to Saint Joseph.
Let's Sing the Name of Joseph
Let's sing the name of Joseph, The Father's image on earth;
To him the Lord confided His gems of precious worth;
The Son of the Eternal, The Virgin Mother of God;
Most privileged of Fathers, that e'er this earth has trod!
Most privileged of Fathers, that e'er this earth has trod!
We praise thee blest Saint Joseph, Thou perfect model of men
The weary workman's sunshine that brings him joy again;
How great if we are chosen another Joseph to be,
To work for Christ in silence and true humility!
To work for Christ in silence and true humility!

Litany of Saint Joseph

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Litany of Saint Joseph Morello

The prayer text of the Litany of Saint Joseph Marello can be viewed and printed via this PDF file.

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