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“Saint Joseph, our father and lord, is a teacher of the interior life. Place yourself under his patronage and you’ll feel the effectiveness of his power.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva
For the month of March, we’re coming together to pray a novena leading up to the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. This will take place from March 10th – 18th (the day before his feast day).
St. Joseph is one of the most beloved saints in the Catholic Church. He is the patron saint of fathers, families, and workers, and is known for his faithfulness and devotion to God.
St. Joseph was a carpenter by trade and was betrothed to Mary, the mother of Jesus. He was a humble man who accepted God’s will without question and was obedient to His commands. He was also a loving husband and father who provided for his family despite their difficult circumstances. We look up to the Holy Family as a model of what to strive for in our families.
St. Joseph is an example of faithfulness, obedience, and love for us all to follow. He teaches us that we should always put our trust in God’s plan for our lives, no matter how difficult it may seem at times. We can learn from St. Joseph’s example of providing for our families with hard work and dedication. He is also the patron saint the sick and of a happy death, due to the belief he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary. The whole month of March is dedicated to him.
An “Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph”
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.
Promise Associated With This Prayer
This prayer is often distributed on prayer cards with proof of the power of this prayer. “This prayer was found in the 50th year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent from the pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them—neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy or be burned in any fire or be overpowered in battle. Say for nine mornings for anything you desire. It has never been known to fail, provided that the request is for one’s spiritual benefit or for those whom we are praying for.”
From: ThoughtCo. “An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph.” Learn Religions, Aug. 25, 2020, learnreligions.com/ancient-prayer-to-saint-joseph-542879.