“O how you know, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who asked for thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy benefaction was left unaided. Full of confidence in thy fidelity, fortitude, and forthrightness we hasten to thee, to have thy hallowed blessing. Hearken O St. Joseph, priestly father for the Redeemer to our humble prayer and through all the ages, yes and in thy goodness, hear and answer us.” In this Year of Consecrated Life, although Joseph wasn’t a priest, he was very priestly in many ways: sacrificial, blessing, etc. Also, by baptism, official Church teaching is that all are part of the ‘common priesthood’ while the ordained are also of the ‘ministerial priesthood.’ Joseph didn’t have to be baptized, yet he is held by many to have been priestly in the sense of sacrifice and more: as with the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, etc.
Here’s the Mystical Rose style of the Memorare for us devotees of Hers, shared here for the first time ever [capitals only here to highlight the Mystical Rose style for it]. The Litany of Mary has 8 Maternal Titles in a row, and this one has a threesome with the 3 MRM colors, too. It also adds the power of the Name of Jesus within it and maintains the Memorare syllable count in the MOTHER expressions:
“Remember Thou, O most gracious MARY MYSTICAL ROSE that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, or sought Thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto Thee, O MOTHER OF THE CHURCH. To Thee do we come, before Thee we bow, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.”
While it's mainly plural, for individual recitation it closes in singular with prayer for all, as St. Ambrose taught, too.
The first maternal expression goes with the MRM Medal since these two Titles are together. It is in white for the prayerful life of the Church, especially the Holy Mass, where Mary is most sacramentally implored. The next one is in red in alignment of Person to the next expression of the Word Incarnate as in the Memorare, and in keeping with the color line-up of Mary’s 3 Roses. The red with Jesus is for the Sacrifice He came to live out. The kept expression of St. Bernard is in yellow-gold for the expiatory/penitential life of Christ for sinners that He came to earth for. This could spread in the private forum, as well as the O Quam Sapes, and eventually be imprimatured: especially the Mystical Rose one by any future flourishing of devotion to Her in whatever (Arch)Dioceses.
Of course, there are many devotions to St. Joseph: novenas, his famous litany, other prayers, etc. How great that Pope Francis is very devoted to him, as were many popes (several officially holy in the Church) just prior to Francis. As for a new official St. Joseph in the Church, Pope Francis recently traveled to the shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka and for a deeply symbolic show of solidarity with the victims of the country's 25-year civil war. While in Sri Lanka, he canonized the country’s first official saint: the Rev. St. Joseph Vaz, known as a model for unity. U.N. estimates say 80,000 to 100,000 people were killed during the course of the war, though other reports suggest the toll could be much higher. During the war, the Madhu shrine which was originally built in the 16th century by Catholics fleeing persecutions back then and became a place of refuge with thousands of people fleeing there for cover. This year Pope Francis cradled the statue there of Mary in his arms, saying "Just as her statue came back to her shrine of Madhu after the war, so we pray that all her Sri Lankan sons and daughters may come home to God….”
Mystical Rose devotee Sobichen Mathew of India might know that St. Joseph Vaz was a 17th century Indian missionary who revived the faith in Sri Lanka during a time of anti-Catholic persecution. Francis told the crowd that Vaz lived at a time when Catholics were a minority and often persecuted, and yet he ministered to all, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. [St. John Paul II in 1995 had beatified Vaz.] Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the crowd more than surpassed the half-million mark.
The current Sri Lanka Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith used to be Secretary at the Vatican to Cardinal Arinze for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments. God let me meet him at the Vatican to pass to him the DWCR (my Definitive Weekly Cycle of the Rosary) with the Prophetic Mysteries. Also he saw my Purgative and Unitive Mysteries which go great with the Luminous ones since those 3 are the traditional spiritual stages of growth: from Purgative to Illuminative to Unitive. He asked me for a booklet of the DWCR, and he sent me this letter: “Dear Fr. Edward, Thank you very much for your letter dated 9th Jan. 2007. I am sorry I could not reply earlier as I had misplaced your letter in a wrong file. Now I found it. Could you please send me one more copy of your booklet so that it can be forwarded to the Holy Father on my next visit to him. With regard to approval of such, we will study the request and let you know. Thank you very much! May God bless you! Yours devotedly in Christ (Malcolm Ranjith) Archbishop Arinze Secretary.” Although the Vatican hadn’t officially approved the DWCR yet, they have kept it on file. Maybe Pope Francis will see it and approve of it, so Josephyte as he is, and as it has the Joyful Mysteries on Joseph’s traditional Votive Mass day of Wednesday since the whole layout puts all the Mysteries in chronological order… currently, the 20 aren’t since the Glorious on Wednesday go back in time for the Luminous on Thursday. Too, the Glorious are oft repeated on weekends, making them the only ones recited more than once, typically. The DWCR has a set for each day.
The great mystic Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich said the original rosary mysteries had prophetic and patriarchal mysteries for the eventual Incarnation and Birth of Christ that would become known again to a hermit, and that had been veiled over in history. Since the truck that crashed me and my driver in 2012, my Superiors have had me living like a hermit here in Texas, USA. Yet in Mexico, Mystical Rose inspired me with the Prophetic and Purgative Mysteries. Prior to that, expansion to the Mysteries had already come to me in Honduras – the Unitive Mysteries. They’re the only ones with a historically contemporary Mystery (the Woman and the Dragon, as Mary spiritually battles enemies, especially as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization), and future ones: the 2nd Coming of Christ, the New Heavens and the New Earth, the New Jerusalem, and the Beatific Vision [everlastingly].
Glory to St. Joseph, and to Our Lady Mary, Mystical Rose!
Fr. Ed, SOLT, yet MRMS too in spirit, and here at the Casa San José, Texas.
Have a Blessed & Holy March month of St. Joseph!
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & blessings unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.
Amatissima semper esto Maria Rosa Mystica!
Most Beloved ever be Maria Rosa Mystica!