The increasing number of people visiting the Oratory made it necessary to build a larger Church. The Superior general of the Congregation was reluctant to approve the project because in his mind there was a question, "After Brother André's death or departure, will the pilgrims still be numerous?" But archbishop Bruchési was in favor of the project and wrote to Father Dion in January 1914 the following: "It seems evident to me, after what we have seen these last years, that Our Lord wishes in our midst a monument destined to the glorification of the one who was His foster father on earth." The Superior General was informed of this and gave his consent. The contract was signed on May 12, 1915 and the Church was built in over a year's time. Brother André spent every moment he could spare overseeing its construction. The original chapel was retained and moved to the right of the Crypt Church where it still stands today.

Above and behind the altar stands the statue of the great patriarch Joseph holding the child Jesus because he was chosen by God to care and nurture the divine child. In his right hand is a white lily, symbol of purity of life.

Around the crypt church are stained glass windows depicting events in Joseph's life, from his doubt concerning the virginity of Mary until his death. These lend themselves to promote devotion to the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of Saint Joseph which Brother André also promoted.






1. O good Saint Joseph, you fell asleep in sorrow remembering that you intended to divorce Mary silently, but the angel said to you, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her." (Mt 1:10) And so you awoke in joy because God had revealed this great mystery to you.

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By this sorrow and this joy, help us live a good life and experience a peaceful death hoping for the eternal life which Jesus has promised. Amen.



2. O Joseph, in sorrow you saw the the birth of the Christ Child in poverty of a manger because there was no room at the inn. But you rejoiced in hearing of the angelic song, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." (Lk 2:14)

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By this sorrow and this joy, help us fallen children of Eve, to pass from the sorrows of life to hear the angelic song of praise rejoicing in the splendor of the heavenly glory. Amen.





3. O Joseph, in obedience to God's law you experienced the suffering of the Holy Child's blood at his Circumcision, but you rejoiced in naming this child Jesus, meaning Savior "the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb". (Lk 2:21)

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By this sorrow and this joy, implore for us the Lord our God that the precious blood of his Son may free us from sin and vice in this life, so that the Holy name of Jesus may be engraved in our hearts forever. Amen.




4. O Joseph most obedient, in sorrow you listened to Simeon proclaiming that this child would be a sword piercing Mary's heart, but you rejoiced because this same child was destined to be"a light or revelation to the gentiles and the glory for his people Israel".

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By this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us through the blood of Christ and the intercession of the Virgin Mary to enter into the everlasting kingdom of God's Son in glory. Amen.




O Joseph, with loving care you suffered the journey into Egypt at the angel's command, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt...[for] Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him." ( Mt 2:13) But you rejoiced in seeing the idols of Egypt overthrown by the presence of the living God in Egypt.

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By this sorrow and joy, help us to flee the temptations of the devil so that the idols of earthly affections may vanish from our hearts. Amen.




O Joseph, in a dream you heard the angel message to bring Jesus out of Egypt to the land of Israel. Upon hearing " that Archelaus was ruling Judea in place of his father Herod, [you] were afraid to go back there." (Mt 2:2) Despite you fears you settled in Bethlehem. But you rejoiced in seeing Jesus grow in wisdom and grace before God and men.

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By this sorrow and this joy, help us to banish unnecessary fears that disturb out souls so that we may live happily close to Jesus and Mary in our hearts. Amen.




O Joseph, with anxiety you searched with Mary for Jesus and after three days found Him the Temple among the teachers. Your rejoice not only in finding him but also because "all were astonished at his understanding and his answers". (Lk 2:47)

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By this sorrow and this joy, help us to never lose Jesus by grievous sin, and if we do, we may seek him with a contrite heart. Amen.


12. The Long Trips