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St. Joseph is a powerful patron. He is, as John Paul II called him, the Guardian of the Redeemer. He humbly accepted his role as guardian, husband and father in the Holy Family. Therefore, St. Joseph’s intercession has been sought for centuries.
St. Joseph was clearly very close to our Lord and so we come to him with this novena with a sense of humility because of his great humility.
There are actually a few different feast days for Saint Joseph, but March 19th has been most celebrated as his feast day in Western Christianity. But of course, you can pray a novena to him anytime.
St. Joseph Answers Prayers
I started this novena a month and a half after my husband was released from his job. He had one interview but no job offers. Thankfully on the 7th day, he received a job offer and starts his new job and career a week from tomorrow. Thank you St. Joseph and the Lord for hearing my prayers!
Thanks be to God through the intercession of St. Joseph!!! The contract for our new house was signed today on St. Joseph’s feast day…the day after I finished the novena!
St. Joseph Novena Prayers
Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me to have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:
(Mention your request)
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Day 1 – St. Joseph Most Just, Pray for us!
Day 2 – St. Joseph Most Prudent, Pray for us!
Day 3 – St. Joseph Most Loving Husband, Pray for us!
Day 4 – St. Joseph Most Strong, Pray for us!
Day 5 – St. Joseph Most Obedient, Pray for us!
Day 6 – St. Joseph Most Faithful, Pray for us!
Day 7 – St. Joseph Pillar of Families, Pray for us!
Day 8 – St. Joseph Patron of the Dying, Pray for us!
Day 9 – St. Joseph Terror of Demons, Pray for us!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
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More About St. Joseph
Most of everything we know about Saint Joseph comes from Scripture. There is some disagreement about his genealogy, but both Mark and Matthew say his descent is from David, the greatest king of Israel — and yet, he was a very humble, working man. He was a carpenter.
It is said that it was probably in Nazareth that St. Joseph was betrothed to and married Mary. After discovering that Mary was pregnant, also after their betrothal, he knew that the child was not his – and as such, he had planned on divorcing her quietly.
However, an angel came to him in a dream and told him that the child Mary was carrying was the son of God. Immediately upon hearing this, Joseph took Mary as his wife.
The angel came a second time to tell him his family was in danger, and he also reacted immediately by leaving everything behind him — his family, friends, and all that he owned — to go to Egypt with Mary and their newborn baby, Jesus.
There is a lot we don’t know about St. Joseph, but we do know that he loved Jesus as his own son, he respected God and he was a righteous man. (Matthew 1:18)
He is the Patron of…
St. Joseph is known to help the faithful especially by praying for the following:
- Cabinetmakers, carpenters and craftsmen
- The dying
- House Hunters
- People in doubt
- Viet Nam
- Happy death
- Holy death
- Universal Church
- Vatican II
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Pray this prayer daily for 3 consecutive days, your prayer will be answered after the third day. In making your request, promise to publish this prayer ( share in writing on the internet this prayer or distribute this prayer to others ).
Holy Spirit You who make me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals, You who gave me the Divine gift to forgive all the wrong that was done to me, and You who are in all instances in my my life. I want to Thank You for everything and confirm with you once more I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual Glory. Amen
Thank you Holy Spirit for the anticipated job offer for my son. You are in control with God the Father, and Jesus the Son.
For those looking to get employment, reciting a novena prayer of Saint Joseph is just one way to petition a blessing for a job. A second saint may also be petitioned depending upon the associated occupation. For example, the Patroness of architects is Saint Barbara or Saint Anthony as the Patron of butchers. Here is a look at some good novena prayers for employment.
O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
O Saint Joseph, assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. Amen
O Saint Joseph, hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. O Saint Joseph, pray for me. (Mention your intention)
Eternal Father whose infinite love,
watches in wisdom over each day of my life,
grant me the light to see in sorrow as in joy,
in trial as in peace,
in uncertainty as in confidence,
the way Your Divine Providence has marked out for me.
Grant me a strong faith and trust so pleasing to You,
and I will walk in darkness as in light,
holding Your hand.
And finding in all
I receive from Your bounty . . .
that all things
work together for good,
for those who love You.
Saint Joseph, foster-father and protector of Jesus Christ,
spouse of the blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God,
powerful protector of the Holy Church,
to you do I raise my heart and hands to implore your powerful intercession.
You searched nothing else in this world but the glory of God and the good of others.
You gave yourself completely to the Savior,
it was cause for joy to pray, to work, to sacrifice yourself, to suffer, to die for him.
You were unknown in this world even though Jesus knew you very well, he would look at your simple and hidden life with complacency.
Saint Joseph, you have helped so many people so far I come to you with great trust.
In the light of God you can see what misses me, you know my worries, my difficulties, my sorrow.
I commend to your fatherly sollicitude this specific task…
(find employment for example).
I am placing it in your hands that saved child-Jesus.
Ask for the grace to never separate me from Jesus by the mortal sin,
to know him and love him even more and his blessed Mother,
to always live in the presence of God,
to do anything for his glory and the good of other souls,
and one day to reach the beatific vision of God to praise him eternally with you.
St. Joseph, by the work of your hands and the sweat of your brow, you supported Jesus and Mary, and had the Son of God as your fellow worker. Teach me to work as you did, with patience and perseverance, for God and for those whom God has given me to support. Teach me to see in my fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in them, that I may always be charitable and forbearing towards all. Grant me to look upon work with the eyes of faith, so that I shall recognize in it my share in God’s own creative activity and in Christ’s work of our redemption, and so take pride in it. When it is pleasant and productive, remind me to give thanks to God for it. And when it is burdensome, teach me to offer it to God, in reparation for my sins and the sins of the world.
O good father Joseph! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows and joys, to obtain for me what I ask.
(insert your specific employment request here.)
Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers, everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Be near to me in my last moments, that I may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.
Blessed St. Anthony, who in life was ever mindful of the needs of the afflicted,
consuming yourself in the service of God and for the good of souls,
who was the enemy of idleness and a tireless worker in the vineyard of the Lord,
beseech God to grant me a suitable job,
which may procure for me and my loved ones a decent livelihood,
and be at the same time a means of personal sanctification and of real service to others. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…
St. Anthony, helper in all necessities, pray for us.
Here is one example of a prayer to Saint Joseph for those seeking employment or getting a job. Filled with images of Saint Joseph shown in detail from an Italian holy card, Saint Joseph is known as the worker who is commonly looked to for job getting.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us;
and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
V – Pray for us, most holy mother of God.
R – That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
“Virgin of the Incarnation,
a thousand times we greet thee,
a thousand times we praise thee for thy joy when God was incarnated in thee.
Because thou art so powerful a Virgin and Mother of God, grant what we ask of thee for the love of God.”
Here state your first intention.
Repeat all of above and then state your second intention.
Repeat all of above and then state your third intention.
Now say the Memorare
Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help
or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother.
To thee do I cry, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Blessed and praised be the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, in Heaven, on earth and everywhere.
(This is a 9 day novena said to honour the nine months Our Lady carried Our Blessed Lord in her womb which was one of the most impossible of miracles in Christianity.)