Little Office of Saint Joseph in Latin and English

The text of the prayers come from the work titled, Coeleste Palmetum, ad Ubertatem et Sacras Delicias Excultum, Ornatum, Munitum, Wilhelmi Nakateni S.J. 5th Edition, 1866. Translation provided by the work titled, Prayer Book for Religious: A complete Manual of Prayers and Devotions for the Use of the Members of all Religious Communities, by Rev. F.X. Lasance, Revised Edition, 1914. Where texts differ translation provided by Geo. West.

AD MATUTINUM

Salve, Patriarcharum decus, et Ecclesiae sanctae Dei oeconome, cui panem vitae et frumentum electorum conservasti.

V. Domine, labia mea aperies.

R. Et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam.

V. Deus, in adjutorium meum intende.

R. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

V. Gloria Patria. Alleluia.

(A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur: Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae)

HYMNUS

Magne Joseph, Fili David, Custos date Virgini, Quem et Virgo nuncupavit Petrem Christi Domini. Qui fidelis fervus Dei Datus es familiae, Precor velis curam mei, Tanquam Pater gerere.

Antiph. Constituit eum Dominum domus suae, et Principem omnis possessionis suae. (Psalm 104.20)

V. Ora pro nobis beatissime Joseph;

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Sanctissimae Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur: ut quod poffibilitas nostra non obtinet: ejus nobis intercessione donetur. Qui vivis, et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam;

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Benedicamus Domino,

R. Deo gratias.

V. Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

AD PRIMAM

Salve, Patriarcharum decus, et Ecclesiae sanctae Dei oeconome, cui panem vitae et frumentum electorum conservasti.

V. Deus, in adjutorium.

R. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

V. Gloria Patria. Alleluia.

(A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur: Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae)

HYMNUS

Cum ferentem castam Matrem, Conspexisses uterum, Et nescires tamen Patrem, Cor gerebas anxium; Sed de coelom ox instructus, Posuisti dubium, Fac ut omnis meus luctus Transeat in Gaudium.  

Antiph. Joseph, fili David, nolitimere accipere Mariam conjugem tuam: quo denim in ea natum est, de Spiritu sancto est. (Matth. 1.20)

V. Ora pro nobis beatissime Joseph;

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Sanctissimae Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur: ut quod poffibilitas nostra non obtinet: ejus nobis intercessione donetur.

Qui vivis, et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam;

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Benedicamus Domino,

R. Deo gratias.

V. Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

AD TERTIAM

Salve, Patriarcharum decus, et Ecclesiae sanctae Dei oeconome, cui panem vitae et frumentum electorum conservasti.

V. Deus, in adjutorium.

R. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

V. Gloria Patria. Alleluia.

(A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur: Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae)

HYMNUS

Dum in Bethlem profecturus. Pergeres cum Virgine, Deus nobis par futurus, Natus est in tempore. Quem in foeno collocatum, Coluisti gnaviter, Nunc in coelo elevatum, Ora pro me jugiter.  

Antiph. Ascendit Joseph a Galilaea de Nazareth in Judaeam in civitatem David, quae vocatur Bethlehem, cum Maria desponsata sibi uxore praegnante. (Luc. 2.4-5)

V. Ora pro nobis beatissime Joseph;

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Sanctissimae Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur: ut quod poffibilitas nostra non obtinet: ejus nobis intercessione donetur.

Qui vivis, et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam;

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Benedicamus Domino,

R. Deo gratias.

V. Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

AD SEXTAM

Salve, Patriarcharum decus, et Ecclesiae sanctae Dei oeconome, cui panem vitae et frumentum electorum conservasti.

V. Deus, in adjutorium.

R. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

V. Gloria Patria. Alleluia.

(A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur: Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae)

HYMNUS

Vim Herodis evasisti, Monitus ab Angelo, In Aegyptum cum duxisti, Virginem cum parvulo: Per moerorem, quem tulisti, Isto in exilio, Cum gravabor hora tristi, Mihi sis auxilio.   

Antiph. Surge, et accipe puerum et Matrem ejus, et fuge in Aegyptum, et esto ibi, usque dum dicam tibi: futurum est enim, ut Herodes quaerat puerum ad perdendum eum. (Matth. 2.13)

V. Ora pro nobis beatissime Joseph;

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Sanctissimae Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur: ut quod poffibilitas nostra non obtinet: ejus nobis intercessione donetur.

Qui vivis, et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam;

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Benedicamus Domino,

R. Deo gratias.

V. Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

AD NONE

Salve, Patriarcharum decus, et Ecclesiae sanctae Dei oeconome, cui panem vitae et frumentum electorum conservasti.

V. Deus, in adjutorium.

R. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

V. Gloria Patria. Alleluia.

(A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur: Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae)

HYMNUS

Ex Aegypto cum defessus Galilaeam peteres, Esin Nazareth digressus, Ut secures degeres, In florentis hortum mentis, Amas Jesum ducere: Da, florescat et mitescat, Hortus meae animae.    

Antiph. Et consurgens ex Aegypto accepit puerum et Matrem ejus, et venit in terram Israel, et habitavit in civitate, quae vocatur Nazareth. (Matth. 2.21,23)

V. Ora pro nobis beatissime Joseph;

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Sanctissimae Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur: ut quod poffibilitas nostra non obtinet: ejus nobis intercessione donetur.

Qui vivis, et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam;

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Benedicamus Domino,

R. Deo gratias.

V. Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

AD VESPERAS

Salve, Patriarcharum decus, et Ecclesiae sanctae Dei oeconome, cui panem vitae et frumentum electorum conservasti.

V. Deus, in adjutorium.

R. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

V. Gloria Patria. Alleluia.

(A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur: Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae)

HYMNUS

Quam dolebas, cum quaerebas, Duodennem Jesulum! Sed inventus, et retentus, Auxit ille Gaudium. Jesum, lumen oculorum, Fac me nunquam perdere! Semper puritate morum, Menti adsit integrae.     

Antiph. Fili, quid fecisti nobis sic! Ecce Pater tuus et ego dolentes quaerebamus te. (Luc. 2.48)

V. Ora pro nobis beatissime Joseph;

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Sanctissimae Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur: ut quod poffibilitas nostra non obtinet: ejus nobis intercessione donetur.

Qui vivis, et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam;

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Benedicamus Domino,

R. Deo gratias.

V. Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

AD COMPLETORIUM

Salve, Patriarcharum decus, et Ecclesiae sanctae Dei oeconome, cui panem vitae et frumentum electorum conservasti.

V. Deus, in adjutorium.

R. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

V. Gloria Patria. Alleluia.

(A Septuagesima usque ad Pascha, loco Alleluia, dicitur: Laus tibi, Domine, Rex aeternae gloriae)

HYMNUS

Inter Jesu et Mariae, Manus integerrimas, Spiritum emittis pie, Hinc ad sedes superas. Eja, Jesu et Mariae, Te conjunge tertium, Quando me suprema die, Mors citabit anxium.      

Antiph. In pace in idipsum dormiam et requiescam: quoniam te, Domine, singulariter in spe constituisti me. (Ps. 4.9)

V. Ora pro nobis beatissime Joseph;

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Sanctissimae Genitricis tuae Sponsi, quaesumus Domine, meritis adjuvemur: ut quod poffibilitas nostra non obtinet: ejus nobis intercessione donetur.

Qui vivis, et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam;

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Benedicamus Domino,

R. Deo gratias.

V. Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

COMMENDATIO

Cliens tibi dedicates, Solvit hoc officium; Ejus votis tu vocatus, Redde Beneficium; Ut post hujus vitae metam, Tuo patrocinio, Tecum vivam vitam laetam, Coeli in palatio. Amen.

AT MATINS

Hail, glory of the patriarchs, steward of God’s holy Church, who didst preserve the Bread of life and the Wheat of the elect.

V. Thou, O Lord, wilt open my lips,

R. And my mouth shall announce Thy praise.

V. Incline unto mine aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father. Alleluia.

(During Lent, instead of Alleluia, say: Praise to you, O Lord, King of eternal glory)

HYMN

Mighty Joseph, son of David! High and glorious is thy state – Of Our Lord the foster-father, Mary’s spouse immaculate. The Almighty’s faithful servant, Of the Holy Family Head and father. Oh! I pray thee, Be a father unto me.

Ant. He made him master of His house, and ruler over all His possessions. (Psalm 104.20)

V. Pray for us, most blessed Joseph,

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

Let us pray.

May we, O Lord, we beseech Thee, be assisted by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we can not possibly obtain. may through his intercession be granted to us by Thee, Who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer,

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. R. Amen.

AT PRIME

Hail, glory of the patriarchs, steward of God’s holy Church, who didst preserve the Bread of life and the Wheat of the elect.

V. Thou, O Lord, wilt open my lips,

R. And my mouth shall announce Thy praise.

V. Incline unto mine aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father. Alleluia.

(During Lent, instead of Alleluia, say: Praise to you, O Lord, King of eternal glory)

HYMN

Sorely was thy bosom troubled, Till the mystery was revealed, which the Lord had wrought in Mary, who in patience all concealed. But an angel soon from heaven, bids thy loving doubts to cease: So may every care and trial, turn for me to joy and peace.

Ant. Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy spouse, for what is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (Matth. 1.20)

V. Pray for us, most blessed Joseph,

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

Let us pray.

May we, O Lord, we beseech Thee, be assisted by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we can not possibly obtain. may through his intercession be granted to us by Thee, Who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer,

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. R. Amen.

AT TIERCE

Hail, glory of the patriarchs, steward of God’s holy Church, who didst preserve the Bread of life and the Wheat of the elect.

V. Thou, O Lord, wilt open my lips,

R. And my mouth shall announce Thy praise.

V. Incline unto mine aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father. Alleluia.

(During Lent, instead of Alleluia, say: Praise to you, O Lord, King of eternal glory)

HYMN

With the Virgin, young and tender, In the winter-time forlorn, Thou to Bethlehem didst journey, That Our Lord might there be born. As thy God thou didst adore Him, While He in the manger lay, Now is He in heaven exalted-Turn to Him for us and pray!

Ant. Joseph went up out of Galilee from Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child. (Luc. 2.4-5)

V. Pray for us, most blessed Joseph,

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

Let us pray.

May we, O Lord, we beseech Thee, be assisted by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we can not possibly obtain. may through his intercession be granted to us by Thee, Who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer,

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. R. Amen.

AT SEXT

Hail, glory of the patriarchs, steward of God’s holy Church, who didst preserve the Bread of life and the Wheat of the elect.

V. Thou, O Lord, wilt open my lips,

R. And my mouth shall announce Thy praise.

V. Incline unto mine aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father. Alleluia.

(During Lent, instead of Alleluia, say: Praise to you, O Lord, King of eternal glory)

HYMN

Fleeing at the angel’s warning, Far from Herod’s fury wild, Long in Egypt didst thou tarry, With the Virgin and the Child. By thy toil, and pain, and sadness, In that exile dark and drear, Help me in the cares and sorrows, Which may be my portion here.

Ant. Arise and take the Child and His Mother, and fly into Egypt, and be there until I shall tell thee; for it will come to pass that Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him. (Matth. 2.13)

V. Pray for us, most blessed Joseph,

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

Let us pray.

May we, O Lord, we beseech Thee, be assisted by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we can not possibly obtain. may through his intercession be granted to us by Thee, Who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer,

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. R. Amen.

AT NONE

Hail, glory of the patriarchs, steward of God’s holy Church, who didst preserve the Bread of life and the Wheat of the elect.

V. Thou, O Lord, wilt open my lips,

R. And my mouth shall announce Thy praise.

V. Incline unto mine aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father. Alleluia.

(During Lent, instead of Alleluia, say: Praise to you, O Lord, King of eternal glory)

HYMN

Home from Egypt’s land returning, Thou wouldst rest in Galilee, But to Nazareth art bidden, That the Child secure may be. Souls retiring, sweet, and humble, Thou dost still for Jesus seek: That my heart may be His garden, Make it humble, pure, and meek.

Ant. Who arose, and took the Child and His Mother and came into the land of Israel … and he dwelt in a city which is called Nazareth. (Matth. 2.21,23)

V. Pray for us, most blessed Joseph,

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

Let us pray.

May we, O Lord, we beseech Thee, be assisted by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we can not possibly obtain. may through his intercession be granted to us by Thee, Who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer,

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. R. Amen.

AT VESPERS

Hail, glory of the patriarchs, steward of God’s holy Church, who didst preserve the Bread of life and the Wheat of the elect.

V. Thou, O Lord, wilt open my lips,

R. And my mouth shall announce Thy praise.

V. Incline unto mine aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father. Alleluia.

(During Lent, instead of Alleluia, say: Praise to you, O Lord, King of eternal glory)

HYMN

Thou didst search with loving anguish, For the little Jesus lost; But, in finding Him, what rapture, Purchased at that sorrow’s cost! Thee, my light, my life, my Jesus, May I never lose by sin! May my heart be pure and simple, So that Thou may’st rest therein.  

Ant. Son, why hast Thou done so to us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing. (Luc. 2.48)

V. Pray for us, most blessed Joseph,

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

Let us pray.

May we, O Lord, we beseech Thee, be assisted by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we can not possibly obtain. may through his intercession be granted to us by Thee, Who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer,

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. R. Amen.

AT COMPLINE

Hail, glory of the patriarchs, steward of God’s holy Church, who didst preserve the Bread of life and the Wheat of the elect.

V. Thou, O Lord, wilt open my lips,

R. And my mouth shall announce Thy praise.

V. Incline unto mine aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father. Alleluia.

(During Lent, instead of Alleluia, say: Praise to you, O Lord, King of eternal glory)

HYMN

Jesus, Mary, hung above thee, On that sad, yet happy day, When, with their fond arms around thee, Passed thy gentle soul away. Oh! Whem death shall come to take me, All its terrors I’ll defy, if, with Jesus and with Mary, Thou, dear Joseph, wilt be nigh.  

Ant. In peace in the self-same I will sleep, and I will rest, for Thou, O Lord, singularly has settled me in hope. (Ps. 4.9)

V. Pray for us, most blessed Joseph,

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

Let us pray.

May we, O Lord, we beseech Thee, be assisted by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we can not possibly obtain. may through his intercession be granted to us by Thee, Who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer,

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. R. Amen.

COMMENDATION

Thus, O glorious saint, my homage, I, thy grateful client, pay. Hear my prayer and smile upon me, Guide and guard me on my way. May I, ‘neath thy kind protection, Safely reach my journey’s close, And with thee in heaven’s bright palace, Through eternity repose! Amen.  

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