Tuesday 18 August 2020

Saint Joseph Prayers and Devotions - Donal Anthony Foley - CTS Devotions

Saint Joseph Prayers and Devotions
CTS Devotions
Donal Anthony Foley
Catholic Truth Society
CTS Booklet D772

Over the last few years, I have read over 150 volumes from the CTS. I have read books from many series. And many authors. Lately I have read several books that are part of the CTS Devotions and Prayer Series. Prior to that I had only ever read one book from the CTS and it was by Donal Anthony Foley, Apparitions of Mary, a wonderful volume I picked up on retreat almost 14 years ago. When doing research for a different review and I came across this book. I had to track it down and read it. And it did not disappoint. The description of the volume is:

“The booklet will help deepen love for St Joseph bringing him closer to the everyday needs, concerns and joys of all. Explaining the effects of devotion to St Joseph over the centuries, the booklet is a practical and simple way for people to foster a devotional spirit and can be used individually or in parish groups.”

And the jacket blurb states:

“The statues and paintings in Catholic churches and chapels are an aid to prayer and devotion for everyone. 

This booklet explains the origin of devotion to St joseph, and his importance in our everyday life and on our journey of faith.

The best loved litanies, novenas, devotions and hymns are included to encourage a prayerful visit to Jesus’s foster-father and a mind and heart lifted up to God.”

Over the last few years as I have aged, and as my children are growing, I have found myself drawn to Saint Joseph again and again. I have read several books about him, and prayer a few different prays for his intercession daily. And even with all the books and booklets I have already read about Saint Joseph I was very happy to have read this little work, and to have it now sitting in my bedside table. 

The chapters in this volume are:

Origins and Importance of the Devotion
     St Joseph’s role in the infancy narratives
     Devotion to Saint Joseph

Prayers and devotions to be said in front of the statue/icon.
     Readings from the Feasts of Saint Joseph
     Prayers to St Joseph
     Prayers to St Joseph, patron of the dying
     Novenas and Meditation in honour of St Joseph
     Hymns to St Joseph
     Prayers of consecration to St Joseph

The first part of this volume is a brief history and introduction. And then there are many prayers. The booklet can be used for personal devotion or for communion prayers. It is a wonderful little volume. This booklet should be in every Catholic home, or the desk of every Catholic man. At the end of the book it recommends Companion to Saint Joseph by J.B. Midgley and The Role of a Christian Father by Keith Chappell. Both of which are excellent volumes to pursue along side this one. Even with everything else I have read about Saint Joseph I found this book of great worth. I highly recommend this book and will be pursuing other offerings from the pen of Donal Anthony Foley. A great read, I encourage you to track it down and pray your way through it.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

For reviews of other books in the CTS Devotions series click here.

Other reviews and articles about Saint Joseph:
Consecration to St. Joseph - Fr. Donald Calloway
Favorite Prayers to St. Joseph Compiled from Traditional Sources- TAN Books
Prayer to Saint Joseph Prayer of the Day
Joseph of Nazareth - Federico Suarez
Devotion to St. Joseph - F. Declaux
Go to St. Joseph: Do Whatever He Tells You - Brian Kiczek
Saint Joseph: Help for Life's Emergencies - Kathryn J. Hermes
Feast of Saint Joseph 2018 Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary Principal Patron of Canada
Companion to Saint Joseph - J.B. Midgley - CTS Companions Series
Saints of the Roman Canon - Julien Chilcott-Monk - CTS Living the Liturgy Series
Seven Saints for Seven Virtues - Jean M. Heimann

Books by Donal Anthony Foley:
Christian Living: The Spirituality of the Foyers of Charity
Understanding Medjugorje: Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion?
Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World
Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud?


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