30-day novena in honour of St Joseph

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INTRODUCTION

This novena is like covering oneself with the mantle of St Joseph's protection, an extraordinary devotion to his honour, winning his special intercession in difficult situations.

All these prayers are to be recited daily for thirty days, in remembrance of the thirty years that Saint Joseph lived in Nazareth with Jesus, the Son of God, and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Extraordinarily great and numerous graces will be granted to us if we confidently turn to Saint Joseph. Saint Teresa of Avila said: "Whoever does not quite believe this, let him turn once with his request to Saint Joseph, and he will see for himself".

Saint Joseph can obtain more graces for us if we first purify our souls through Holy Confession and receive the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion. The novena will also be more fruitful if we show at the same time a willingness to perform works of mercy towards the poor. We can confidently ask St Joseph to win us great graces from God. However, it is recommended that the Novena to St Joseph be offered for the intention of the dying and for the dead.

If we try to wipe away the tears of the poor, the suffering and the dead, St Joseph will also help and comfort us, both now and at the hour of death. He will lovingly cover us with the mantle of his protection. Not only did he nourish and protect the Holy Family, but he also loves and blesses us all and wishes to lead us to the other shore - to the port of eternal salvation.

Prayer recommended for daily recitation
(also at the end of the Novena):

O Saint Joseph, Nourisher of Jesus Christ
and Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Pray for us and for all those who are dying
today (or: tonight).

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30-DAY SERVICE IN HONOUR OF SAINT JOSEPH
(Prayers for each day of the Novena)

+ In the Name of the Father + and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, enlighten us, help us, save us. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, and now, and always, and for ever and ever. Amen.
(It is recited three times as a thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity for bestowing special graces on Saint Joseph).

OFFERING OF ONESELF TO THE PROTECTION OF SAINT JOSEPH

O glorious Patriarch, Saint Joseph, I humbly fall down before You. With great reverence, I place myself under your overwhelming protection and ask the entire Court of Heaven to be by my side. I commit myself to the most sincere faith and devotion and pledge to do all that is in my power to honour You throughout my life and to show You my love. Help me in this, Saint Joseph. Be with me now and grant me the grace to depart this world like you, in the arms of Jesus and Mary, so that one day I may reach eternal happiness with you in heaven. Amen.

Glorious Patriarch, Saint Joseph, with pious devotion and a heart overflowing with love, I bring this sincere prayer to your feet and meditate on your many virtues.

Mighty Patriarch, as in the Old Testament Joseph, son of Jacob, did the will of God, so you follow his path in the New Testament. You are illuminated not only by the brilliant light of the Divine Sun, but also by the gentle light of the mystical moon - Mary.

Jacob set out on the road to Egypt to congratulate his son Joseph, the ruler in Egypt. All his sons followed their father's example. Indescribably more beautiful, however, is the example of Jesus and Mary, who surrounded you with great respect and devotion. It is with great reverence and trust that we turn to you in all our needs, both temporal and spiritual, confident that your Son, who has always obeyed you on earth, will also obey you in heaven.

And just as Joseph, son of Jacob, did not push away his guilty brethren, but full of love took them in, protected them and saved them from hunger and death, so too, O Saint Joseph, do not remain indifferent to my prayers. Through your intercession, grant me the grace that God may not leave me alone in this vale of tears, but may always number me among those who, in life and at the moment of death, are constantly enveloped in the mantle of your overwhelming protection.

PRAYERS

Be greeted, Saint Joseph, to whom are entrusted the priceless Treasures of heaven and earth. Be greeted, foster Father of Him who nourishes all the creatures of the world. For you, after Mary, of all the saints, are worthy of our greatest honour and love, for you have been chosen for the supreme dignity of raising, nourishing and even holding in your arms the Messiah, whom so many kings and prophets have longed even to see.

O Saint Joseph, save my soul and grant me from the Merciful God the grace I humbly ask..... (Mention your request).Grant also for the souls in Purgatory relief from their suffering. Amen.

Glory to the Father...(3 times)

Saint Joseph, the Church venerates you as her Patron, Protector and Defender. Of all the Saints, I invoke you, the most powerful Protector of the weak and those in need of help, and I praise a thousandfold the graciousness of your heart, which is always ready to help all those in need.

To you, Saint Joseph, turn the widows and orphans, the abandoned, the grieving and the needy throughout the land. There is no sorrow, concern or need to which you remain indifferent. My dearest Protector in heaven, whom God has bestowed with special graces, I have recourse to you, presenting you with my request. Grant me this grace for which I earnestly implore you. Also, all you Souls in Purgatory, implore Saint Joseph to intercede for me. Amen.

Glory to the Father ... (3 times)

Remember, O most pure Spouse of Mary, O my kindest Protector, Saint Joseph, that no one has ever been heard to call upon Thy protection. Your help, begging for it, remained without consolation. O full of love Saint Joseph, Thou knowest my needs and desires. No man, not even the best, can understand my problem and truly help me. Obedient to the teaching of Saint Teresa, I come before Thee, O Saint Joseph, and implore Thy transient intercession in my present difficulties. Saint Teresa, Your devoted devotee, said: "Poor sinners, whatever the greatness of your needs, turn to Saint Joseph for help! Go to Joseph with sincere confidence and peace of mind that your requests will be heard."

O Saint Joseph, Comforter of the anxious, come to my aid in my affliction and embrace also the Souls in Purgatory in my prayer, that through it they may soon attain joy and holiness. Amen.

Glory to the Father ... (3 times)

O Thou exalted Holy One, by Thy complete obedience to God have mercy on me.
Through your holy and meritorious life, hear my plea.
Through your beloved name help me.
By the gentleness and strength of your heart guard me.
Through your holy tears strengthen me.
Through Thy seven sorrows have mercy on me.
Through Thy seven joys comfort my heart.
From all evil in body and soul deliver me.
Out of every poverty and misery rescue me.
Mercifully obtain for me the grace of God.
Grant to the Souls in Purgatory a speedy deliverance from their sufferings. Amen.

Glory to the Father ... (3 times)

O Saint Joseph, innumerable are the graces received by those who pray to you. The sick, the oppressed, those suffering injustice, the betrayed, the abandoned - all who have placed themselves in your care have obtained help for their needs.

Saint Joseph, please do not let me be the only one of all those who turn to you who is not heard. Show yourself generous and gracious to me too. For this, full of gratitude, I will always honour Thee, O glorious Saint Joseph, my Protector and Saviour of the Souls in Purgatory suffering. Amen.

Glory to the Father ... (3 times)

O God and eternal Father in heaven, through the merits of Your Son Jesus and His Blessed Mother, I beg You to grant me this special grace. In the name of Jesus and Mary, I fall down before You and adore You in Your wondrous presence. Accept, please, my firm resolve to remain under the protection of the Host of the Holy Family, through whom I make supplication to Thee. Bless, O God, in your goodness, this holy devotion and hear my request. Amen.

Glory to the Father ... (3 times)

O Saint Joseph, defend the Holy Church from all adversity and hide us all under the mantle of your protection.

INVOCATIONS IN HONOUR OF THE HIDDEN LIFE OF SAINT JOSEPH WITH JESUS AND MARYA

Saint Joseph, please grant Jesus to sanctify my soul.
Saint Joseph, please grant that Jesus may kindle my heart with love.
Saint Joseph, please grant Jesus to enlighten my reason.
Saint Joseph, simplify Jesus to strengthen my will.
Saint Joseph, simplify Jesus, that he may wish to purify my thoughts.
Saint Joseph, make it easier for Jesus to control my feelings.
Saint Joseph, make it easier for Jesus to guide my wishes.
Saint Joseph, simplify Jesus to bless my deeds.
Saint Joseph, beg of me the grace from Jesus to imitate your virtues.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace of a humble heart and spirit.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace of gentleness and goodness of heart.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace of peace in my heart.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace of piety and the fear of God.
Saint Joseph, beg me from Jesus the grace to strive for perfection.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace of purity of heart.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace of patience in trial and suffering.
Saint Joseph, beg me from Jesus the grace of gentleness of character.
Saint Joseph, beg me with Jesus the grace to know eternal truths.
Saint Joseph, beg of me with Jesus the grace to discern spirits.
Saint Joseph, beg me from Jesus the grace to persevere in doing good.
Saint Joseph, beg me from Jesus the grace of fortitude in carrying the cross.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace to free me from attachment to worldly things.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace to long for heaven.
Saint Joseph, beg of me with Jesus the grace of strength to avoid all occasions of sin.
Saint Joseph, beg from Jesus the grace of the will to persevere faithfully in the faith until the end.
Saint Joseph, beg me from Jesus the grace of a good death.
Saint Joseph, do not let me ever stray away from you.
Saint Joseph, grant that my heart may never cease to love you and my lips to praise you.
Saint Joseph, let me be your foster child.
Saint Joseph, help me to love Jesus as you loved him.
Saint Joseph, do not ever abandon me, especially at the hour of death.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I consecrate my heart and my soul to you.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, enlighten me, help me, save me. Amen.
Glory to the Father ... (3 times)

INVOCATIONS TO SAINT JOSEPH

  • Remember, O most pure Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my dearest Protector, Saint Joseph, that no one has ever been heard to remain without consolation who flees to your protection and implores your help. With this confidence animated, I come to you. Do not reject my prayer, O foster Father of the Redeemer, but deign to accept it graciously and hear it. Amen.
  • Glorious Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Virgin Guardian of Jesus, do not forget me and watch over me. Teach me to walk the path that leads to holiness. Watch over my prayers and surround me always with your fatherly protection. Remove all obstacles and difficulties standing in the way of my prayer and grant that my request may be heard for the greater glory of God and for my salvation.

As a token of my immense gratitude, I promise to proclaim your glory and thank God for granting you such great power of mediation both in heaven and on earth. Amen.

LITANIA

Kyrie, elejson.
Christ, elejson.
Kyrie, elejson.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, hear us.
Father from heaven, God have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God,
Holy Spirit, God,
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Saint Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph,
Glorious Descendant of David,
Light of the Patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Pristine Guardian of the Virgin,
Nourisher of the Son of God,
Caring Defender of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph the most righteous,
Joseph the purest,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph the bravest,
Joseph the most obedient,
Joseph the most faithful,
A mirror of patience,
A lover of poverty,
Working pattern,
The ornament of family life,
Guardian of virgins,
Family support,
Comfort of the unfortunate,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
The terror of the spirits of hell,
Guardian of the Holy Church,
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,
Forgive us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,
hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, Lord.

P.: He made him lord of his house.
W.: And steward of all his estates.

Let us pray:
O God, Thou hast in unspeakable providence chosen Saint Joseph to be the Spouse of the Most Holy Parent of Thy Son, grant that, by worshipping him on earth as Protector, we may merit his intercession in heaven. Through Christ our Lord.
In Amen.

CLOSING PRAYER FOR EACH DAY OF THE NOVENA

Glorious Patriarch, Saint Joseph, you have been chosen by God to be the Head and Protector of the Holy Family: I ask you to cover me always with the mantle of your protection.

I choose you today to be my Father, Advocate, Companion and Protector. I beg you to take me under your protection: all that I am and all that I possess, my whole life and my death.

Look upon me as your child and defend me from the snares of enemies visible and invisible. Assist me in every time of need. Comfort me in bitter sufferings, and especially be with me in the hour of mortal combat. Intercede for me to the Divine Redeemer, whom as a Child you were able to cradle in your arms, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, your most pure Spouse.

Grant me those graces that will lead me to eternal salvation. Count me among Your worshippers, for I want to listen to Your counsel and be grateful for Your help and support. Amen.

Saint Joseph, innocent and pure,
Let me be Your child.
Keep me pure in body and soul,
That I remain in a state of divine grace.
Saint Joseph, Protector,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
be my guide and adviser,
Help me to remain faithful to God.

Our Father ...
Hail Mary...
Glory to the Father and the Son...

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Jesus Christ be praised.
For ever and ever. Amen

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