Amici di Giuseppe Rosary

Slide to Adjust font size
Font Size
100 rem
Introduction to the Amici di Giuseppe Rosary
Several years ago, I joined a number of other men from St. Maria Goretti Parish in Scottsdale to take the “That Man is You” video course produced by Paradisus Dei. As an alumni of the course I was invited to join other alumni in saying the Amici di Giuseppe Rosary at 6:30 am via Zoom. I was intrigued enough to get up at 4:00 am Arizona time to say a 4:30 am Rosary. What I discovered is an excellent method of saying a Rosary. Especially a group rosary. There are regularly 200+ participants in the Zoom Rosary meeting. Remembering that St. Louis De Montfort said that when you pray together in a group each member receives the benefit of all the other members combined. Thus when 200 people gather to pray the rosary each receives the benefit of saying 200 rosaries!

The Amici di Giuseppe rosary is an implementation of the “Fiftieth Rose’s Second shorter method” described in St. Louis de Montfort’s book The Secret of the Rosary.

Amici di Giuseppe, “Friends of St. Joseph,” is a fellowship of men committed to growing in holiness in their lives as husbands and fathers according to the life of St. Joseph in the Holy Family at Nazareth. It is an organization that is an extension of Paradisus Dei, “Paradise of God”. Paradisus Dei is an organization that helps families discover the superabundance of God within marriage and family life. It has chapters in 44 states and multiple countries. Mark Hartfiel of Paradisus Dei while visiting the Franciscan University in Stuebenville, Ohio joined a group of students in saying a rosary. The students were using the Second shorter method. Mark was impressed that it focused each Hail Mary on the Mystery that was being said. Mark points out that the Hail Mary can be divided into two halves which we do when there is a leader and responders. The very center of the two halves is the name “Jesus.” Adding the reflective phrase at the name of Jesus focuses the participants on the individual mystery.

The Introductory and concluding prayers, while not necessary to the Rosary itself, tend to bring St. Joseph into the picture completing the Holy Family. That is very appropriate since Joseph spent the last almost 30 years of his life contemplating the faces of Jesus and Mary.

Praying the Amici di Giuseppe Rosary
  1. Contemplation starter (Spoken by Priest, Deacon, or Lay-Leader)
    As we begin this Rosary, let us do our best to pray well.
    First - Let us Amplify with Focused Contemplation:
    "The Rosary ... at heart is a Christocentric prayer [which] has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety ... The center of the gravity in the Hail Mary, the hinge that joins its two parts, is the name of Jesus ... It is precisely the emphasis given to the name of Jesus and to his mystery that is the sign of a meaningful and fruitful Rosary ... The contemplation of Christ has an incomparable model in Mary. With the Rosary, the soul sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love" (Pope St. John Paul II). "Without contemplation, the rosary is a body without a soul" (Pope St. Paul VI).

    As we contemplate the mysteries of Christ's life, we become more like St. Joseph, who spent thirty years contemplating the face of Christ together with Our Lady.

    Second - Let us Weaponize with Intentionality:
    The Rosary is one of the most powerful weapons against the principalities and powers, the wickedness and snares of the devil. "The decades of the Rosary are like a machine gun: every bead is a shot, every affection of the soul is an explosion of faith that frightens off Satan, and Mary once more crushes his head" (Servant of God Dolindo Puotolo).

    As we enter into the spiritual battle on behalf of our family, our Church and our society, we become more like St. Joseph, who God chose to be the Guardian of the Holy Family and the Patron of the Universal Church. Like St. Joseph, may we become a terror of demons on behalf of our families.

    Let us be inspired by the testimonies of countless Saints, Popes, visionaries and Our Lady herself:
    • "Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?" (Our Lady to St. Dominic).
    • "The rosary is 'the weapon' for these times" (St. Padre Pio).
    • "There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family ... than the daily recitation of the Rosary" (Pope St. Pius XII).
    • "There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families ... that cannot be solved by the Rosary" (Sister Lucia of Fatima).
    • "Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world" (Pope Blessed Pius IX).

    Let us conquer the world through prayer! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
  2. Consecration to our Lady (Prayed by all participants)
    Heavenly Mother, Spotless Bride of the Spotless Lamb, Your children stand gathered together before you. With St. Joseph and Apostle John we wish to bring you into our home, so that you may open to us the treasures of your Immaculate Heart.

    Reveal to us the hidden face of your Son, present in our midst.
    Teach us to trust in the abundance of the Father's mercy.
    Make us docile to the voice of the Spirit echoing in our depths.
    Grant that the seeds of grace sown in us would not be lost but blossom forth into life everlasting.
    Dawn of Salvation, Star of the New Evangelization, grant that the darkness may not prevail over the light. Together with St. John Paul II, we consecrate ourselves to you in the mystery of your Immaculate Conception. Totus Tuus.

    Send us into the great mission field of the family, so that among all the nations, the praise of God may resound on the lips of infants and babes.

    By the grace of God, in the Power of the Holy Spirit, help us to build a civilization worthy of the human person, created male and female, created in the image and likeness of the Triune God who is Love. Amen.

  3. The Holy Rosary

    Introductory Prayers (Spoken by Priest, Deacon or Lay-Leader)

    Apostles' Creed

    I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come again to judge the living and the dead. * I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

    Our Father Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. * Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses; as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    Hail Mary x3 (for an increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and charity)
    Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. * Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Glory Be
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer
    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

    Mysteries of the Rosary (Each Mystery led by a different person)

    Hail Holy Queen
    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope, to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears; turn, then most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

    Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Rosary Prayer
    Let us pray, O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  4. Prayer to St. Joseph

    To you, O blessed Joseph,
    do we come in our tribulation,
    and having implored the help of your most holy spouse,
    we confidently invoke your patronage also.

    Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
    and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
    we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
    and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

    O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family,
    defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
    O most loving father,
    ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
    O our most mighty protector,
    be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness;
    As you once rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
    shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
    so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

    St. Joseph,
    Guardian of the Holy Family - pray for us,
    Patron of the Universal Church - pray for us,
    Terror of demons - pray for us.


[1] The Incarnation, the greatest event in human history, took place on the “Little Celebration of Light”, the eight day of Chanukah. Chanukah celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple after it had been profaned in 139 B.C. The Israelites began the annual celebration of Chanukah the following year in 138 B.C.
[2] Fulfilling the expectation of the Jews that Elijah would return for the Seder Meal.
[3] The Feast of Tabernacles celebrates the fact that God was physically present in the pilar of smoke and fire all during the Exodus.
[4] All Jews are required to live in sukkot during the celebration of “God with us” (Tabernacles). A sukkah is a tent with a leaky thatched roof.
[5] Tabernacles, the Great Celebration of Light is celebrated by erecting four 75’ Menorahs in the Court of Women.
[7] Joseph was instructed by Gabriel to adopt Jesus when Gabriel told Joseph to name Jesus. In that culture naming was the adoptive act. The child was named at the time of circumcision. That Joseph adopted Jesus is confirmed by the fact that both Mathew and Luke give to Jesus Joseph’s genealogy. Joseph has two genealogies because his legal father had died without giving birth to an heir so his father’s half brother following levirate law (Deut 25:5-20) married his mother to give him an heir. Joseph thus has a legal genealogy and a biological genealogy both of which go back to David. (One through Solomon and one through Nathan). All of which is only relevant if Joseph adopted Jesus.
[8] Redemption of a first born was done on the 30th day after birth and is normally not attended by the mother.
[9] Traveling at night was dangerous and they risked passing Jesus in the dark going the other way.
[10] The Temple was closed at sunset and re-opened at sunrise.
[11] The date Jesus was discovered missing was April 3rd, the day He died on the cross, and the date he was found was April 5th, the day He rose from the dead.
[12] Jesus was a Rabbi. He is called Rabbi throughout the New Testament. Rabbis undergo a very formal training and do not receive “authority” until they turned 30 years old which is when Jesus began his ministry.
[13] Jesus’ priesthood was not of the order of Levi but of the order of Melchizedek: a priesthood handed down from Father to Son.
[14] Either the apostle Andrew the Canaanite or his brother Jude (Thaddeus)
[15]Jesus’ use of “My hour” points Mary to His suffering and death in 3 years time but in conjunction to the problem of wine by turning the water into wine it is half way to His future turning of wine into His blood thus completing the parallel to Moses first miracle of turning water into blood.
[16] Just because our senses cannot perceive something it doesn’t mean that it does not exist. God, angels, and demons exist and are at war.
[17] Each commandment can be expressed as a value statement. They are in priority sequence.
[18] It says in three of the Gospels that Jesus was anticipating celebrating the Seder with the apostles. There was only one Seder celebrated during Holy Week before Jesus died and that was on the Essene calendar on Tuesday evening.
[19]The Essene’s were not allowed to offer animal sacrifice in the temple. So the Seder celebration did not have a sacrificial lamb (although they probably had lamb).
[20] The Seder Meal was both the sacrificial meal for the Paschal Lamb and was also a Todah thanksgiving sacrifice of bread and wine in thanksgiving for the deliverance that would be provided by the blood from the Lamb.
[21] Struct with at least 125 blows with a three-strap flagellum with imbedded lead.
[22] There is a cistern that was used as a common prison.
[23] The patibulum was the horizontal cross piece. The vertical piece, the stipes was secured into the ground; so, holes didn’t need to be dug for every execution.
[24] Bernice was the woman who was cured of a hemorrhage by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. (see the Acts of Pilate Chapter VII)
[25] Just as Saul’s life changing experience on the road to Damascus caused his name to be changed to Paul. Bernice’s action was met not with instant death (for touching a condemned prisoner) but with an exclamation of “Vera icona”, “true image” by the centurion: thus Bernice became Veronica.
[26] “YHVH” is the Hebrew equivalent of “INRI” that we have on top of every crucifix. YHVH is the name of God! Now, you know the real reason the Jewish leaders wanted Pilate to change it.
[27] The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, is the Word of God. It was venerated as such and was read three times a week in the synagogues through out the Holy Land. There are 154 sedarim (verses) in the Torah which is equal to the 153 fish brought in by the apostles in the boat plus the fish that was already on the fire.
[28] "The Blessed Virgin Mary did not die; She ascended to Heaven with Her body and soul" -Message from five year old Gilles Bouhours given to Pope Pius XII during a special private audience May 15th, 1950 exactly three months prior to Pius XII issuing the dogma of the Assumption.
[29] Message of Monday, October 12th 1981: Mary responded to a question; "Did you go to Heaven before or after death?" By saying "I went to heaven before death."

No comments: