Amici di Giuseppe Rosary

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.

    Display Prayers in popup? Hail Mary?   Our Father?   Glory Be?   Oh My Jesus?

    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.

  • Prayer to St. Joseph

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

    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 amd 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.

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