Saint Joseph – The Foster Father of Jesus, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary… the Patron of the universal Church… He’s most remembered for his quote: ” ” (that’s a joke, he has absolutely no quoted words in scripture)
St. Joseph has been an inspiration to me for over 25 years now (with much thanks to my pastor, Fr. Eugene Marcone who brought this devotion to our parish all those years ago). He’s been a “model of chastity”; challenged me to be a “protector of the Church” and in many other ways.
He’s also been a powerful intercessor for me and my family. Many intentions that I’ve asked for his prayers for have been answered in a variety of ways.
The following is one variation of the Novena – it is to be prayed each day for 9 days (that’s what the word “novena” means – 9 days — and lest people argue with you, it’s a biblically based, scripturally founded devotion. The first “Novena” was when Jesus told his apostles on Ascension Thursday to gather in prayer and await the Holy Spirit – who came upon them on Pentecost… 9 days later!)
I begin this devotion on MARCH 10th – to finish the EVE of ST. JOSEPH’S FEAST DAY on MARCH 19th – but you can begin it on the 11th and pray it through the feast day as well.
In addition, this Novena can be added to some of your daily prayers and devotions.
SAINT JOSEPH PRAY FOR US!!!
And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end, AMEN
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of the demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.