Referencing "St. Joseph in Liturgy" by Fr. Larry M. Toschi, he tells us that St. John Chrysostom described
the life of St. Joseph in terms of "sorrows and joys." Fr. Toschi relates that in 1536, Fr. John da Fano wrote about
St. Joseph appearing to two shipwrecked monks that the Saint had saved off the coast of Flanders. St. Joseph instructed
the two monks to recite daily seven Our Fathers and seven Hail Marys in honor of his sorrows.
Fr. Toshci's work tell us that the "Seven Sorrows and Joys" of St. Joseph in its original form were
attributed to Ven. Gennaro Sarnelli. Several popes have granted indulgences for these prayers. The seven Sundays
preceding St. Joseph's March 19th feastday has now become the traditional time of the year to honor St. Joseph's Sorrows and
Joys. (Of course, anytime of the year is quite acceptable!)
As you reflect on the Sorrows and Joys, you may wish to honor each by a simple Our Father, Hail Mary
and Glory Be. Participating at Mass on the seven Sundays, praying a novena, doing anything in honor of St. Joseph's
Sorrows and Joys will be most pleasing to him.