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the silent man of the Gospels, is in the line of the great men of
faith of the Old Testament. He is described as a "just man",
a righteous man of integrity. He is in the tradition of Abraham who
was called by God to "walk before my face and be upright (Gen:
17.1); of Moses who was told to be "entirely sincere",
"entirely faithful" (Deut: 18.13). For centuries his place
in the story of Jesus was comparatively unnoticed. Gradually, in
Catholic tradition, he was recognised as patron of fathers of
families, of bursars and procurators, of manual workers, especially
carpenters, and of all who desire a holy death (cf. Farmer, Oxford
Dictionary of Saints). St. Bernardine of Siena (d. 1444) wrote of St.
it is who marks the closing of the old testament. In him the dignity
of the prophets and patriarchs achieves its promised fulfilment.
Moreover, he alone possessed in the flesh what God in his goodness
promised to them over and again
be mindful of us, blessed Joseph, and intercede for us with him whom
men thought to be your son."
Teresa of Avila (d. 1582) wrote eloquently of St. Joseph in her
autobiography: "He who cannot find anyone to teach him to pray,
let him take this glorious saint for his master, and he will not
wander out of the way." She also recommended the intercession of
St. Joseph for our daily needs. "Our Lord would have us
understand that as he was subject to St. Joseph in all things during
his earthly pilgrimage, so now in Heaven he is ready to grant all his
petitions." (see other prayers to St. J.
Joseph's Missionary Society was founded in London in 1866. Cardinal
Herbert Vaughan called St. Joseph "Our Father and Founder".
Herbert Vaughan was inspired by Joseph's unobtrusive but essential
role in the story of salvation. St. Joseph's intercession was sought
to obtain the necessary funds for the new missionary society; he was
invoked to secure the desired house at Mill Hill that was to become
the birthplace of the Society. Cardinal Vaughan promoted devotion to
St. Joseph throughout the country and established at St. Joseph's
College, Mill Hill, the national shrine to St. Joseph. From the
beginning of St. Joseph's Society, lay people were involved as
"associates" in this work for the spread of the Gospel.
Priests, Brothers, "associates" all look to Joseph for
protection, guidance and inspiration.
Mill Hill Missionaries
- see also credit below
Nine Days Prayer - in Honour of St. Joseph
Each day has a reflection. To this may be added one or
more of the prayers (see later)
18th March (or any nine consecutive days)
- 2nd day - 3rd day - 4th day
- 5th day - 6th day - 7th day
- 8th day - 9th day
God, you have chosen Saint Joseph to be the mainstay of Jesus and Mary,
the wise and faithful servant in whom they could trust. We pray that he may truly be the guardian of your
Church; that he may inspire with confidence those who are devoted to
him; that he may give security to those who work in the vineyard of Your
Son; and finally, that he may be a source of strength to us, who wish,
like him, to dedicate ourselves to Christ's service, now and in times to
1st Day - Joseph
the Just Man
"Joseph was a man who always did what was right."
predicament Joseph was in when he discovered that Mary had conceived.
What was he to do? But he "always did the right thing", he was
a man of God, a just man. God would show him what was to be done, he
trusted in God's guidance - and God did show him the way.
We are often in a state of uncertainty as to what will
be the right thing to do. We fret and worry, and blame God for allowing
this or that to happen to us. Pray that like Joseph we will put our
problems before the Lord and learn from him what is the right thing for
us to do.
say the Daily Novena
- Joseph the Man who Listened
"If you listen to me, you will know what is right, just.''
Joseph was a man who listened. No spoken word is
recorded of him. He was able to hear God's word; he knew how to be
silent so as to allow God's word to come through to him.
In our world today we are surrounded by noise and
distraction. Our spiritual "senses" become deadened by the
intrusive noises of radio and television, of vehicles and planes. Is it
any wonder we don't hear God speaking to us? Let us ask St. Joseph to
help us to know how to be silent before God, how we can carve out a
"quiet time" in our day.
say the Daily Novena
- Joseph the Man of Vision
Matt. 1.20; 2.13; 19.22: "The angel of the Lord
appeared in a dream to Joseph."
Joseph was a man of dreams, a man of vision. His life
was "ordinary", yet he realised that God could work in
extraordinary ways even in his life, in his village.
Our lives too seem very ordinary. But every one of us is
special before God. God has a plan for each of us. Re wants to use us in
his plan to make his Kingdom come. Let us ask St. Joseph to help us be
alive to God's wonderful working in our lives.
say the Daily Novena
4th Day - Joseph the
"Joseph got up and took the child and his mother and left that
night for Egypt."
The Gospel tells us that Joseph took Mary and the child
to a pagan land. St. Hilary, one of the early Fathers of the Church,
said St. Joseph is the "model of the apostles". The apostle's,
the missionary's task is to take the good news of Christ and his mother
to the unevangelized.
The missionary of today is the bearer of the same Good
News. Every Christian is called to share in the mission of the Church,
at home and in lands afar. Let us ask St. Joseph to help us to know how
we can bring Christ into the lives of people, especially those who are
say the Daily Novena
- Joseph the Family Man
Micah 5.2: "Bethlehem. . . out of you I will bring a
ruler for Israel, whose family goes back to ancient times."
Lk. 2.4: "Joseph went . . . to David's town of
Bethlehem-because he was a descendant of David."
Joseph was a descendant of the Royal Family of David.
Yet he lived in comparative obscurity and was a "nobody in the
world's eyes. He faced difficult family problems: Mary's pregnancy, the
threat to the life of the child, the exile to a foreign land; how to
make ends meet from the work of his hands. And then, what was he to make
of the forewarning that the boy Jesus was marked out for glory and
Let us ask St. Joseph to protect our families as he did
his own. May he help us to discern God's hand in the ups and downs of
family life. May he help us with our financial problems, so that we
don't allow money or material things to spoil the bond that unites us as
say the Daily Novena
6th Day -
Joseph-Man of Prayer
Lk. 2.41: "Every year the parents of Jesus went to
Jerusalem for the Passover Festival."
Joseph as head of the family observed the religious
festivities with his family. He would attend the synagogue in Nazareth
on the Sabbath, and go up to the Temple for the major feasts. But he
also would have prayed at meals, at certain hours of the day; he would
have used words like "alleluia", "hosanna",
"amen"; he would have prayed and sung the Psalms. In the
silence of his prayer time he would have known that God spoke to him.
We are all called to be people of prayer. We can't be
content with where we are in our prayer life there is so much more for
us. We need to enter more deeply into the prayer of the Church in the
Liturgy, we need to make more meaningful our daily prayer practices, we
need to listen to God in prayer. May St. Joseph help us to grow up more
as people of prayer.
say the Daily Novena
7th Day -
Joseph-Teacher of Jesus
Matt. 1.25: "And Joseph named him Jesus."
Name-giving was something very solemn and significant in
the Bible. "To know someone's name was to have access to the
mystery of his being." Joseph, "the man closest to Jesus"
must, like Mary, have pondered deeply on this remarkable child. Yet
Joseph as head of his household had the task of teaching Jesus his
prayers, taking him to sit with the men in the synagogue, introducing
him to the Scriptures, presiding over his "coming of age" (bar
mitzvah) at 13, teaching him the various rituals of the devout Jew.
In our days many fathers of families have lost their
sense of place in the family; many provide weak leadership, especially
in the area of religious practice. We must pray that the example of
Joseph will inspire Christian fathers to assume their rightful role of
leading their children in worship of our heavenly Father. May fathers
provide firm and clear standards of Christian behaviour to their
families in a society that is losing its spiritual foundations.
say the Daily Novena
8th Day - Joseph
Matt. 13.55: "Isn't he the carpenter's son?"
In Mark's Gospel we read of how the people said of Jesus
"Is this not the carpenter?" He learned his trade from Joseph,
who must surely have been as diligent at his work as he was at his
religious duties. He knew the dignity of work, the "homage of
work" (Vat. II) - that makes man's efforts part of the redemptive
work of Jesus himself He probably also knew the evil of unemployment;
there would be times of hardship in Nazareth when people had no money to
give work to Joseph and Jesus.
Modern man tends to view work only as a means of making
money; too often work is thought of as a means to satisfy one's
instincts of greed. The machine has taken over from the craftsman. There
is little sense of pride in workmanship. Let us ask St. Joseph to help
us see our work as service for others, as a sharing in the work of
redemption; a means of bringing order and beauty out of chaos, a means
of making our world a better place.
say the Daily Novena
9th Day -
Joseph-Man of Loving Service
Matt. 24.45: "Who is the faithful and farsighted
servant whom the master has put in charge of his household to dispense
food at need?"
The Jewish ideal man was someone who was
"righteous", someone who actively obeyed God's word, who did
his will. Joseph acted instantly when he knew God's will. His was a life
of loving service. He served his family, he served his village
neighbours, he served his God. No wonder Christian piety has imagined
his "happy death" in the presence of Jesus and Mary.
May St. Joseph's example and intercession help us to
grow in loving service in our families, in our places of work, in all
our relationships. May we learn to "wait in joyful hope for the
coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ", and may we share one
day in the loving service of the heavenly banquet in the Kingdom of
say the Daily Novena
Prayers to St. Joseph (1)
Let us pray to God our Father, for from him, all
fatherhood in heaven and on earth takes its name.
R. Father, hallowed be your name.
Father, in your Son you revealed to Joseph the mystery
kept secret for endless ages:- Help us to acknowledge your Son as God
R. Father, you enabled Joseph to spend his life in your
service:-set our minds on your kingdom and your justice before all other
R. Father, your will is that every man should accept and
answer your call:-by the prayer of Joseph, give us the grace to live in
accord with your will.
R. Creator of all things, you have entrusted your work
to our hands:-grant that our labours may prove worthy of you.
R. Father, in whom all men live, grant to those who have
died new life, through your Son:-with Mary, and Joseph, and all your
saints for ever.
R. Our Father
Almighty God, at the beginnings of our salvation, when
Mary conceived your Son and brought him forth into the world, you placed
them under Joseph's watchful care. May his prayer still help your Church
to be an equally faithful guardian of your mysteries, and a sign of
Christ to mankind. (We make our prayer) through Christ our Lord.
Whatever we do or say, let us do it in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
R. Lord, hear us.
As Joseph believed what you had told him, and became the
guardian of your only Son:- so may we put our faith in you, and receive
the fulfilment of your promise.
R. Father, give us that faith which gives substance to
our hopes, and make us certain of realities we do not see.
R. Joseph took the child Jesus into his care, loving and
accepting him as his own Son:- May we accept all that God gives us, and
care for those entrusted to us.
R. You have given man authority over the work of your
hands and invited him to share in your creation:-help us to accept our
responsibility by working for your glory and the good of all mankind.
R. Our Father
Lord God and Creator of the universe, you imposed on
mankind the law of work. Give us grace, by Saint Joseph's example and at
his intercession, to finish the works you give us to do, and to come to
the rewards you promise. (We make our prayer) through our Christ Lord.
Litany to St. Joseph
Joseph, husband of the Mother of God, Pray for us
Joseph, foster father of the Son of God, Pray for us
Joseph, man of prayer , Pray for us
Joseph, man of faith, Pray for us
Joseph, committed to doing God's will, Pray for us
Joseph, model of workers, Pray for us
Joseph, defender of family life, Pray for us
Joseph, patron of the dying, Pray for us
Joseph, protector of the Church, Pray for us
Prayer to St.
Joseph for the Church
Loving husband of Mary, the Immaculate Virgin Mother of
God, and foster father of her Son, we turn to you with confidence as we
pray for the Church throughout the world. Watch over the family of God, bought by the precious
blood of Christ, as you watched over the Holy Family of Nazareth. You
once rescued the Child Jesus from danger of death: protect now his
mystical body from the powers of darkness and strengthen it in every
trial. Give it your own courage, in the struggle against evil,
and keep it free from sin and error. Help us to follow your example, that we may live a holy
life, die a holy death and so share your joy for ever in heaven.
Saint Joseph for the Church and The Holy Father.
Most Powerful Patriarch Saint Joseph, Patron of the Church which has
always invoked you in anxiety and trouble, from the exalted seat of your
glory, cast a loving glance upon the whole Catholic world. Let your
fatherly heart be touched at the sight of the Mystical Spouse and the
Vicar of Christ overwhelmed with sorrow and persecuted by powerful
enemies. Oh, by the bitter anguish you experienced upon earth, dry the
tears of the Holy Father, defend him, comfort him, intercede for him
with the Giver of peace and charity, that, all adversity being removed
and all error dissipated, the entire Church may serve God in perfect
Prayer to St. Joseph (2)
Humble and great, just and prudent, chaste and generous,
hard-working and prayerful, glorious St. Joseph, patron of the universal
Church and my protector, in the same confidence with which I love and
venerate you I turn to you, sure of your powerful friendship and of your
intercession with him who lived with you for many years in the house at
Nazareth, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
God in his goodness chose you as the reliable and
prudent guardian of his greatest treasure and gift to mankind, Jesus his
Son. With your beloved spouse, Mary his Virgin Mother, you were the one
closest to the Saviour. Together you loved him like no one else in the
world; you cared for him as a baby, educated him wisely, and worked with
him in the silence and hidden-ness of Nazareth. From him you learned
Divine Wisdom. You were loved by him with a love which had no equal. In
his presence, and in the sweet company of Mary, you closed your eyes,
certain of living with them for ever in the house of the Father.
Our glorious patron St. Joseph, generations of saints
and sinners have called on you as their protector and intercessor. They
have taken you as the model of Christian life, of surrender to the will
of God and of humility; as the model of love for Jesus and Mary, of the
interior life, of service and faithfulness, of purity and prudence. In
you and in Mary we contemplate with admiration all the most noble
Christian virtues lived under the gaze of Jesus, and given by the Holy
Spirit to all who welcome him and yield to his direction.
Together with so many who look to you with deep
friendship and confidence I ask your intercession with the Lord Jesus,
the most high Son of God at whose name everything in heaven and on earth
kneels down (Phil. 2:1-11).
Ask for me humility, obedience, purity and faithfulness;
teach me simplicity, hard work, and wonder at the marvels God does every
day; endow me with discernment, respect for the values of a simple holy
life like yours, and the discipline of a faithful spiritual life;
introduce me to the beauty of interiority, hidden-ness, and of family
and community life based on the gospel; help me to love and serve Jesus
as you loved and served him; encourage me by your example to grow with
him and through him; grant that I too may feel the strong sweet presence
of Mary in my life; assist me in carrying out my everyday work with
dedication and with all the enthusiasm and faithfulness fitting for
someone who wants to spend his life for the Lord (Col. 3:17-23).
Above all, pray that I may receive the grace of
humility-the humility which made you great by putting you totally at the
disposal of God's will to be used as his instrument in the plan which
brought salvation to the whole world. May my senses, my mind, my heart
and my whole being be open to his will, so much that even my
"dreams", like yours, may be full of his will and of love for
Jesus and Mary.
Glorious St. Joseph, I ask the grace that, whenever the
Lord of Life should wish, I too may end my earthly pilgrimage with Jesus
and Mary by my side, and enjoy their company for ever. Amen
Prayer to St. Joseph (3)
O glorious St. Joseph, you who have the power to render
possible, things that are, for us impossible, come to our aid in our
present trouble and distress. (mention
your petition here)
Take this important and difficult affair under your particular
protection that it may end happily.
O dear St Joseph, all our confidence is in you. Let it not be said that
we would invoke in you vain, and since you are so powerful with Jesus
and Mary, show that your goodness equals your power.
O St. Joseph, foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ and true spouse of
Mary the Virgin, pray for us.
prayer may be said daily. it may also serve as a Novena to be concluded
by Holy Communion.
for Missionary Vocations
God our Father, your Son, Our Lord told us to pray and
pray often for what we want.
We pray to you not for ourselves.
We beg you to give the grace of vocation to young men
To give up all and follow the Cross of Christ to the
far corners of the world.
May they train to become wise and holy missionaries,
Ready to bear the heat of the day in the fields of
fear and confusion.
May they become the flickering flames for our brothers
living in the darkness of oppression and poverty.
Through our prayers and our missionaries May your name
be glorified, May the poor have the gospel preached to them, And may our own faith be strengthened. We commend
ourselves and our prayer to the intercession of Our Lady of Vocations,
To St. Joseph, our patron, and to Our Blessed Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, Now and for ever. Amen.
Daily Novena Prayer see Novena above
Almighty God, you have chosen Saint Joseph to be the
mainstay of Jesus and Mary, the wise and faithful servant in whom they
We pray that he may truly be the guardian of your
Church; that he may inspire with confidence those who are devoted to
him; that he may give security to those who work in the vineyard of
Your Son; and finally, that he may be a source of strength to us, who
wish, like him, to dedicate ourselves to Christ's service, now and in
times to come. Amen.
(Material courtesy of St. Joseph’s
Missionary Society & Mill Hill Missionaries, St. Joseph’s
College, Mill Hill, London NW7 4JX - see 'introduction' at top of
Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker
O glorious St. Joseph, patron and model of all
who labour, obtain for me the grace; to work conscientiously, putting
the demands of my work before my ever-changing feeling; to work with
gratitude and joy, considering it an honour to develop, by means of my
work, the gifts God has given me; to work in an orderly manner, with
patience and perseverance, without too easily giving in to weariness or
difficulties; to work above all, with the purity of intention and with
detachment from self, keeping death in mind and the account I will have
to give God of time lost, talents and material wasted, of good omitted,
of complacency in success - all so fatal to the work of God. "All
for Jesus, all through Mary, all after your example", blessed
Joseph, such shall be my watchword at my daily work, in life and in
death. Amen. ~ Pope St. Pius X
Alternative version:- Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all who are devoted to
labour, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in
expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of
duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honour
to employ and to develop by labour the gifts I have received from God,
to work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience,
without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work;
above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having
unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render of
time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in
success, so baneful to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all
to imitate thee, O patriarch Saint Joseph! This shall be my motto for
life and eternity. ~ Pope Saint Pius X
Other Prayers to St. Joseph
Saint Teresa of Avila said this about devotion to Saint
Joseph: "I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to
this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which
he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to
him and render him particular services that did not notably advance in
virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to
him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every
year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is
in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good."
O thou, whom no one has ever yet invoked in vain, thou, whose power with
Our Lord and Our Lady is so great, that it has been truly said, "In
Heaven, Joseph commands rather than supplicates," tender father,
intercede for me!
St. Joseph, be my advocate with thy Divine Son, Whose foster-father and
faithful protector thou were here below. Add to all thy glories, that of
gaining the despaired of cause that I confide to thee. I believe, yes, I
believe thou canst obtain my deliverance from the troubles that
overwhelm me, and the desolation in which my soul is plunged. I have the
firm hope that thou wilt neglect nothing in favour of the afflicted who
Humbly prostrate at thy feet, dear St. Joseph, I implore thee to have
pity on my tears, cover me with the mantle of thy merciful protection
and bless me. Amen. (added 20/03/09)
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before
the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St.
Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me
from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our
Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer
my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph,
I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare
not approach while He reposes near your 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 us. Amen
novena to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is often
distributed on prayer cards with the following text: "This prayer
was found in the 50th year of Our Lord and Saviour 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."
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