Sunday, February 18, 2007
30 Days of Prayer to St. Joseph

Today begins the Thirty Days Prayer to Saint Joseph, in preparation for St. Joseph's feastday on March 19. I strongly suggest a person starts this devotion. It would also be a good spiritual practice during Lent. This prayer may be said for any 30 days, not just leading up to March 19th, and it of course may be said separately from any 30 day novena. Pray it anytime in honor of 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.

(make your request)

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.

3 comment(s):

del_button February 19, 2007 at 7:38 PM
Saint Peter's helpers said...

Thank you Moneybags! I'm going to start this. St. Joseph pray for us.

del_button June 8, 2014 at 8:06 AM
Anonymous said...

Hi Matthew, I was wondering you if might be able to help. I am looking for something very special. I am sure you are familiar with the 33 day consercration to Mary. I really would like to know if there is something out their like that for St. Joseph. I am in need of the Fathers blessing in my life, for reason I won't get into, but I want to do something like the consercration to Mary but to St. Joseph, do you know of anything like that. Would you know of any other special ways I could do during my novena that might make it very special and memorable to me. I have looked and looked and can't find anything, and I really want to deeply devote myself to St Joseph and to receive his fatherly blessing, that is so much missing in my life and I yearn to have it, but because of things in life, I never received it and feel empty. I feel a call to do something to St. Joseph but the prayers I see are nice, but not fitting for what I really want to express in my heart

del_button June 8, 2014 at 8:28 PM
Matthew said...


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