Thirty Days Prayer to St. Joseph

February 18 – March 19

The Feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, is a special celebration for Josephites.
It is our sacred custom to prepare for this feast by invoking Saint Joseph for
30 days for our special intentions and those of our friends and benefactors.
Why 30 days? These 30 days of prayer honor the 30 years that Joseph spent with
Jesus and Mary on earth. It is in the 30-day prayer that we petition St. Joseph,
by his sufferings, sorrows and joys, to hear our requests and carry them to God’s
throne on high.

Join your petitions with ours and your prayers with all Josephites as we prepare
for Saint Joseph feast day.

Does the Thirty Day Prayer novena have an impact? We hear testimony from many
people all across the country about how Saint Joseph interceded for them.

As part of Saint Joseph’s family here on earth, Josephites ask him every day
to “obtain for all those who have asked our prayers everything that is useful
to them in the plan of God.” We look forward to having you join us in these 30-days
of prayer.

Source: The Josephites

Prayer to St. Joseph

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 house 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 to 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 you met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress when the 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 from 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 have
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.”

Source: The Josephites

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