Prayers & Devotions
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
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
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!
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.|
|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.|
|Hymn to the Blessed Trinity|
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
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
For each mystery pray the "Our Father," the "Holy Spouses Prayer" ten times (contemplating the mystery), and the "Glory Be."
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.
The prayer text of the Holy Spouses Litany can be viewed and printed via this PDF file.
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.
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! "
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
The prayer text of the Litany of Saint Joseph can be viewed and printed via this PDF file. You can play the following video if your browser is compatible with
The prayer text of the Litany of Saint Joseph Marello can be viewed and printed via this PDF file.
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