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Saint Joseph's Mysteries of the Rosary

On this feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, May 1, as I was praying this morning, I considered Joseph's life with Jesus and Mary. So as I prayed the Rosary, I reflected on Saint Joseph's Mysteries.

  1. Joseph's dream to take Mary as his wife - Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. ~ Matthew 1:18-21, 24-25

  2. Joseph's dream to escape to Egypt - Now after the Magi had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son." ~ Matthew 2:13-15

  3. Joseph's dreams to return to Israel - When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will be called a Nazorean." ~ Matthew 2:19-23

  4. Joseph raises Jesus - Joseph raised Jesus to be a good Jewish man. He taught him the Jewish prayers and how to recite Torah. He taught him the history of their people and how God was with their people. He taught him his trade as a tekton, a craftsman who works with his hands.

  5. Joseph dies in the arms of Mary and Jesus - At the hour of his death, Mary and Jesus held Joseph and prayed him into heaven. Joseph is named Guardian of Christ's universal Church and continues to watch over us and intercede for us.

On this feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, through reflecting on the mysteries of Saint Joseph, may we come to appreciate his love and care for Jesus and Mary. Let us call upon him to watch over and guard us and intercede for us in our prayers.

Remember, O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my great protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection, or implored your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding therefore in your goodness, I come before you. Do not turn down my petitions, foster father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.

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