Saint Joseph and Jesus

March 19, Feast of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus and protector of His Blessed Mother; patron of fathers of families, of chaste men, of those who labor, of carpenters.... Saint Joseph, reputed to help families in financial distress.... Patron of a "Happy Death" since it is believed that Jesus and Mary were present at the time of his death... This saint is dearly loved in the Monastery, just as in many homes. The following prayers may be useful to you.

Prayer In Honor of the Holy Family

O most amiable Savior, having sanctified Your own chosen family by Your admirable virtues and by the example of Your domestic life; look graciously upon our family kneeling at Your feet, imploring Your grace. Remember that our family is also Your family because we have consecrated and offered ourselves to Your special service. Stand by us lovingly, defend us in dangers, aid us in adversities, and favor us with Your grace, so that we may constantly imitate Your Own Holy Family and may by fidelity to Your service and Your love merit one day to praise You forever in heaven.

O Mary, sweetest Mother, we implore your protection with full confidence that your Divine Son will hear our prayers through your powerful intercession.

O glorious Patriarch, St. Joseph, assist us with your powerful patronage and lay into the hands of Mary the petitions which we have presented to our Lord Jesus Christ.

St Joseph's Table

In many homes it is customary to set a place for visitors on the Feast of Saint Joseph, in memory of his care and concern for the Holy Family on the Flight into Egypt.

Today some parishes remember this custom by placing a table under the statue of Saint Joseph, to receive gifts of food which will be distributed among the poor.


(In honor of the years he spent with Jesus and Mary)

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection.

Listen, then I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a place where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you conferred on the adorable Infant.

I ask it by that painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother into Egypt. I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country. I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where ou met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress when that adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days. I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of the CHild Jesus. I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life and form the company of Jesus and Mary. I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.

I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you share with her in the presence of God.

O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask. (Here name your petitions or think of them).

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH.

"A blameless life, St. Joseph, may we lead, by your kind patronage from danger freed." Amen

(This prayer may be said during any 30 days of the year)

more Saint Joseph Prayers
St. Joseph, Patron of Workers with St. Joseph Novena

Two excellent articles about Saint Joseph can be found at:
Catholic Encyclopedia Article
EWTN Article

History and Customs of  Saint Joseph's Day
Joseph, husband of Mary; Patron of the Universal Churchwith the Litany of Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph at Catholic On-Line
Saint Joseph from Lives of the Saints
Mission San Juan Capistrano where the swallows return on Saint Joseph's Day

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