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Prayers

Psalm 111: 1, 3

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in His commandments. 

V. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed. 

R.Glory and wealth shall be in his house: and his justice remaineth for ever and ever. 

 

Consecration of the Family

O Jesus, behold our family prostrate before Thee, Once more do we consecrate ourselves to Thee - our trials and joys - that our home, like Thine, may ever be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith.  Do Thou protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living and dead.  O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus - and our Mother - pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young and their vocations. 

O Joseph, holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by thy prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to thee, to watch over our house at the pillow of the sick and the dying, so that Mary and with thee, Heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.  

Litany of St. Joseph (For public or private use). 

Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, have mercy on us. 

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. 

Christ, graciously hear us. 

God the Father of Heaven, 

Have mercy on us. 

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 

Have mercy on us. 

God the Holy Spirit, 

Have mercy on us. 

Holy Trinity, One God, 

Have mercy on us. 

Holy Mary, pray for us. 

Illustrious son of David, pray for us.

Light of the patriarchs, pray for us. 

Spouse of the Mother of God, 

Chaste guardian of the Virgin, 

Foster-father of the Son of God, 

Watchful defender of Christ, 

Head of the Holy Family, 

Joseph most just, 

Joseph most chaste, 

Joseph most prudent, 

Joseph most valiant, 

Joseph most obedient, 

Joseph most faithful, 

Mirror of patience, 

Lover of poverty, 

Model of workmen, 

Glory of domestic life, 

Guardian of virgins, 

Pillar of families, 

Solace of the afflicted, 

Hope of the sick, 

Patron of the dying, 

Terror of demons, 

Protector of Holy Church, 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 

Spare us, O Lord. 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 

Graciously hear us, O Lord,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 

Have mercy on us. 

V. He made him the lord of His household, 

R. And prince over all His possessions. 

Let us pray. 

O God, Who in Thine ineffable providence didst choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most Holy Mother, grant that as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in Heaven, Thou Who livest and reignest forever and ever. R. Amen.

The Holy Rosary

To be recited daily. 

Prayer to Saint Joseph (Composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1889 encyclical, Quamquam pluries)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, 

and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, 

we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God

and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, 

we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, 

and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.  

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ, 

O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; 

O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness. 

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church

from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;

shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, 

so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, 

and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen. 

Hymn:

Sing of Mary, pure and lowly, 

Virgin Mother undefiled.  

Sing of God's own Son most holy

Who became her little child. 

Fairest Child of fairest mother, 

God the Lord who came to earth, 

Word made flesh, our very brother, 

Takes our nature by his birth. 

Sing of Joseph, foster father, 

To the incarnate Son of God.

Loving husband for God's mother 

As toward David's town they plod.

Filled with justice, strength and wisdom, 

Joseph was their rock and guide. 

Now he guards God's pilgrim people, 

Steadfast patron at our side. 

[All:] Glory be to God the Father, 

Glory be to God the Son. 

Glory be to God the Spirit, 

Glory be to Three in One, 

Hear the hearts of Joseph, Mary, 

And all saints the hymn intone, 

While the Church, God's earthly family, 

Echoes praise to heaven's throne.   

Feast Days of St. Joseph

March 19th , St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 1st Class

May 1st, St. Joseph the Worker, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin. 1st Class

More about St. Joseph can be found in the book, In the Month of St. Joseph, by Most Rev. Langalerie.

1 Stedman, Fr. Jesus, Mary, Joseph Novena Manual. Confraternity of the Precious Blood.

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Miraculous staircase, Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico - believed to be built by an unknown worker who arrived shortly after the Novena of St. Joseph.

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