Chastity Cord of St Joseph

Those who wear the cord of St. Joseph are exhorted to say seven Glorias each day.


The White Cord of Saint Joseph can be worn around the waist for purity or around the shoulders for obedience. It has seven knots indicating the Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph. Any priest can bless the girdle, after which when worn for the first time, enrolls one in the Archconfraternity of the Cord of Saint Joseph; the formula “Priest’s Blessing of a Cincture” found in the Roman Ritual can be used for this.
The Archconfraternity of the cord of St Joseph: the miraculous cure of an Augustinian nun in 1657 gave rise to the pious practice of wearing it to obtain the grace of purity through his intercession. Pius IX approved a special formula for blessing of the cord of St. Joseph (see 1964 Roman Ritual).

Graces Associated with the Cord

  1. St. Joseph’s special protection
  2. Purity of soul
  3. The grace of chastity
  4. Final perseverance
  5. Particular assistance at the hour of death

Prayer Text

Recite Daily Seven Times The Glory Be, Together With The Following Prayer, Which Is The Prayer For Purity

O Guardian of Virgins and holy Father St. Joseph, into whose faithful keeping were entrusted Christ Jesus, Innocence Itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, I pray and beseech thee by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life. Amen.


The Cord of St Joseph should be made of cotton, wool or linen and should be worn under the clothing. It is both a symbol and a prayer, a symbol of interior devotion to the glorious Patriarch, a prayer to obtain through his powerful intercession the virtue of holy purity.

St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Community