Nine Days to Joseph

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  1. Sam

    Sam Powers

    I would like to create a thread to this simple consecration to St. Joseph so that there will be a permanent record of this consecration on the forum. Here is Fr. Michael Gaitley's introduction.

    When I sat down to write this preparation for consecration to St. Joseph back in 2014, I realized an amazing coincidence: It was my last day as "Fr. Joseph, MIC."

    That title, "Fr. Joseph," is an honorary designation for the grueling office job I've held for the last three- and-a-half years, namely, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers. I say "grueling," because ... Well, let me put it this way: Shortly before my priestly ordination, my provincial superior called me into his office and said, "Brother Michael, how would you feel about being the next Fr. Joseph?" I replied, "What's that?" He continued, "Well, if I told you, you'd say no ... So just say yes."

    Now I know what he meant! The job was not easy — but thankfully, St. Joseph helped me in a big way, a way that's related to the preparation for consecration you're about to read. Let me tell you what happened.

    After two years on the job as "Fr. Joseph," I was feeling broken down and burned out. I spoke with my superior to see if another priest could fill the position or come help me in the office. Unfortunately, nobody was available, at least not for another year. So, with my health declining, spirit failing, and the work piling up, a hopeful thought suddenly occurred to me on the solemnity of St. Joseph: "Give it all to Joseph. He'll take care of it."

    I knew exactly what to do. I got on my computer and typed out a consecration or "entrustment" to St. Joseph. I brought it to Mass at the office where I worked, and following Mass, I solemnly and publicly put everything — myself, my staff, the office, and our work — into the strong, caring hands of St. Joseph. And then, all heaven broke loose. Let me just say that from our Marian Helpers Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, our evangelization works rapidly multiplied, and we were able to bring the message of God's mercy and devotion to Mary to millions more people. Looking back now on that day of entrustment, I firmly believe that St. Joseph was behind this new and dramatic growth.

    So, in gratitude to St. Joseph, on this my last day as "Fr. Joseph," I'm writing this brief, heartfelt preparation for consecrating oneself to St. Joseph. I say "brief," because St. Joseph was a man of few words — not one of them is recorded in Scripture! — and my guess is that he probably appreciates brevity. I say "heartfelt" because this preparation really comes from my heart, especially as I look back and clearly see how St. Joseph came through for me during my time of need as "Fr. Joseph." But before we get to these "nine days to Joseph," let me briefly explain how this preparation works.

    Basically, you pray the specified prayer to St. Joseph each day, from the heart, for nine days. Then, on the last day (the 10th day), the Day of Consecration, you'll pray the prayer of consecration from the heart. It's that simple.

    Of course, you'll probably want to time the days so the Day of Consecration falls on a feast of St. Joseph (March 19, May 1, ... ) or on a Marian feast (because of St. Joseph's closeness to Mary). I also recommend that on the day of your consecration, you write it out in your own handwriting, date it, and then renew it each year. And by the way, this is a perfect complement to Marian consecration, because of St. Joseph's closeness to and love for Mary. (If you haven't yet made your Marian consecration, consider using my book 33 Days to Morning Glory to do so.)

    First day will start March 10'th.

    Nine Days to Joseph: Day One | The Divine Mercy Message from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception
     
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  2. lynnfiat

    lynnfiat Fiat Voluntas Tua

    We must have St. Joseph in our hearts and minds. I was just going to post a Novena to him and saw that you just posted a Thread.


    Novena to St Joseph BEGINS March 10...

    FEAST DAY - MARCH 19
    “Go to Joseph.”
    - Genesis 41:55

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    A POWERFUL NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH

    This novena has proven to be highly efficacious. It seems to be pleasing to St. Joseph and helpful to souls. This form of novena was originally devised by the celebrated Fr. Louis Lallemant, S.J. (1587-1633). It has proved particularly effective in obtaining favors through the intercession of St. Joseph. In the Life of this saintly priest and great master of the spiritual life, to whom St. Joseph never refused anything he asked, the story is told that on one occasion he urged two young priests to make this novena, promising that they would obtain everything they asked through the intercession of St. Joseph if, in turn, they would show him special honor and spread devotion to him among others. Both did as Fr. Lallemant suggested. One of them asked for grace to speak and write worthily of Our Lord. But the next day he came to Fr. Lallemant to tell him that, upon reflection, he wished to ask for a different grace, which he considered more conducive to his perfection. Fr. Lallemant replied, “It is too late now to ask for another grace. The first one has already been granted.” This grace was conspicuously displayed throughout the whole course of the priest’s life, as he became one of the most noted preachers and writers of his day.
    How to Make this Novena
    No particular prayers need be said for this novena. Every day for nine days, turn to St. Joseph in spirit four times during the day and honor him in the following four points. (These “visits” may be made anywhere—at home, at work, on the street, in the car or bus—and at any time.)
    1. During the first visit, consider St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace. Reflect upon the action of the Holy Ghost in his soul. At the conclusion of this brief meditation, thank God for so honoring St. Joseph, and ask, through his intercession, for a similar grace.
    2. Later in the day, consider St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life. Study his spirit of recollection. Think, thank God, and ask.
    3. Later still, consider St. Joseph’s love for Our Lady. Think, thank God, and ask.
    4. Finally, in a fourth visit, reflect upon St. Joseph’s love for the Divine Child. Think, thank God, and ask.
     
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  3. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day One — St. Joseph, Powerful Intercessor

    Dear St. Joseph,

    After Mary, you're the most powerful intercessor before God. In a sense, Jesus remains obedient to you and will listen to you as you bring my intentions to Him. Because of this, I especially want to entrust myself to your fatherly care, just as Jesus Himself did. And while in the past, I may have brought to you one of my intentions here or there, this time I want to do something new. This time, I want to give you all. In other words, St. Joseph, I'm not here to offer you a regular "novena" for just one of my intentions. Rather, I want to forever entrust to you all of my needs and cares, trusting that you will bring them, with Mary, to your Son, Jesus.

    Dear St. Joseph, as the best of fathers, as the one God chose to be the virginal father of Jesus, I believe that you know what I need better than I do myself. So go ahead, St. Joseph. I give you permission to care for me as your child. In doing so, I trust that you will do everything in your power to make my life into something beautiful for God. I trust that you will watch over me and that your prayers will guide me, bless me, and protect me. I trust that you will now care for me with the same love and tenderness with which you cared for Jesus. I'll confirm this special relationship with you in nine days, when I make my prayer of consecration.

    Saint Joseph, Powerful Intercessor, please pray for me and all my intentions.
     
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  4. Xavier

    Xavier "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph."

    Wonderful! Thank you both Sam and Lynn. One of my favorite Papal Encyclicals on St. Joseph is from Pope Leo XIII, where St. Joseph was officially declared Patron and Patriarch of the whole Church, and the greatest Saint and most powerful intercessor in Heaven after the Blessed Virgin Mary. Good reading for March.

    "3. The special motives for which St. Joseph has been proclaimed Patron of the Church, and from which the Church looks for singular benefit from his patronage and protection, are that Joseph was the spouse of Mary and that he was reputed the Father of Jesus Christ. From these sources have sprung his dignity, his holiness, his glory. In truth, the dignity of the Mother of God is so lofty that naught created can rank above it. But as Joseph has been united to the Blessed Virgin by the ties of marriage, it may not be doubted that he approached nearer than any to the eminent dignity by which the Mother of God surpasses so nobly all created natures. For marriage is the most intimate of all unions which from its essence imparts a community of gifts between those that by it are joined together. Thus in giving Joseph the Blessed Virgin as spouse, God appointed him to be not only her life's companion, the witness of her maidenhood, the protector of her honour, but also, by virtue of the conjugal tie, a participator in her sublime dignity. And Joseph shines among all mankind by the most august dignity, since by divine will, he was the guardian of the Son of God and reputed as His father among men. Hence it came about that the Word of God was humbly subject to Joseph, that He obeyed him, and that He rendered to him all those offices that children are bound to render to their parents. From this two-fold dignity flowed the obligation which nature lays upon the head of families, so that Joseph became the guardian, the administrator, and the legal defender of the divine house whose chief he was. And during the whole course of his life he fulfilled those charges and those duties. He set himself to protect with a mighty love and a daily solicitude his spouse and the Divine Infant; regularly by his work he earned what was necessary for the one and the other for nourishment and clothing; he guarded from death the Child threatened by a monarch's jealousy, and found for Him a refuge; in the miseries of the journey and in the bitternesses of exile he was ever the companion, the assistance, and the upholder of the Virgin and of Jesus. Now the divine house which Joseph ruled with the authority of a father, contained within its limits the scarce-born Church. From the same fact that the most holy Virgin is the mother of Jesus Christ is she the mother of all Christians whom she bore on Mount Calvary amid the supreme throes of the Redemption; Jesus Christ is, in a manner, the first-born of Christians, who by the adoption and Redemption are his brothers. And for such reasons the Blessed Patriarch looks upon the multitude of Christians who make up the Church as confided specially to his trust - this limitless family spread over the earth, over which, because he is the spouse of Mary and the Father of Jesus Christ he holds, as it were, a paternal authority. It is, then, natural and worthy that as the Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage and defend the Church of Jesus Christ."

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xi.../hf_l-xiii_enc_15081889_quamquam-pluries.html
     
  5. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Two — St. Joseph, Loving Spouse of Mary

    Dear St. Joseph,

    I'm thinking about the angel's words to you, "Do not be afraid to take Mary for your wife" (Mt 1:20). Saint Joseph, you weren't afraid. You trusted God. And now you truly are the husband of Mary. After Jesus, you are the dearest person to her heart! Well, St. Joseph, as my spiritual father, I now ask you to speak to Mary about me, about my life. If you kindly adopt me as your spiritual child, then I know all the more that Mary will take me to her heart as well. Both of you truly are my spiritual parents. And just as any good father wants to see his children love their mother, I know that you will help me to know and love my spiritual mother more. By your powerful prayers, I ask you to help me realize what a gift I have in Mary. Pray for me that I will better appreciate her motherly role in my life. Saint Joseph, I know that you love her. I know it makes you happy to see her children love her with all their hearts. Therefore, as I prepare to consecrate myself totally to your fatherly care, I give you permission — in fact, I'm pleading with you: Help me to appreciate my Mother Mary even more.

    Saint Joseph, Loving Spouse of Mary, please help me to love my spiritual mother even more.
     
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  6. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Three — St. Joseph, Good Provider

    Dear St. Joseph,

    As the foster father of Jesus, you provided for his human needs. Through the work of your hands, he had food to strengthen him, a house to give him shelter, and clothes to keep him warm. Now, from heaven, you're still working, St. Joseph. Indeed, the loving labor of your prayers provide for all the members of the Body of your Son. But as I'm preparing to consecrate myself completely to you, I ask you to please provide for me and for my loved ones in a special way. Through your prayers, please make sure that we always have food to eat, a roof over our heads, and clothes to wear. Also, please pray for us that in times of abundance, we will never forget God. Pray for us that we will always be grateful for God's gifts and that we will never be a slave to things like food or money, pleasure or power. Finally, help us always to remember and be generous with the poor.

    Saint Joseph, with you as my spiritual father, I will do my best not to give in to useless anxiety about my job, money, or material things. I believe you will always make sure I have what I need, and as a good father, I ask that you indulge me a bit by even providing for my material wants, provided they don't take me away from Jesus.

    Saint Joseph, Good Provider, please provide for my needs through your powerful prayers.
     
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  7. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Four — St. Joseph, Strong Guardian

    Dear St. Joseph,

    When I think that God gave me my guardian angel and St. Michael to daily watch over me and defend me, I'm not afraid. But then, when I think that you, you who are even more powerful before God, are my spiritual father, when I think that you are the "Terror of Demons," when I think of how you protected the Baby Jesus from Herod, then I am completely at peace (or, at least I know I should be).

    Saint Joseph, please pray that I will have the peace that comes from trusting in your fatherly protection. Saint Joseph, I believe that you will protect me from my enemies, seen and unseen. I believe that you will protect me from bodily and spiritual harm. I trust in your fatherly care. Saint Joseph, I will do my best not to give in to fear, knowing that you are praying for me in a special way as a child who has formally consecrated himself to your fatherly care.

    Saint Joseph, Strong Guardian, please defend me with your prayers.
     
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  8. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Five — St. Joseph, Who Did God's Will

    Dear St. Joseph,

    You did God's will. Dare I say you did it perfectly? Saint Joseph, I want to also do God's most perfect will. But on my own, I will fail. I need your help. I trust that with you as my spiritual father, you will guide me to always do God's most perfect will. Truly, St. Joseph, I want to reach the degree of glory that God has prepared for me in heaven. I want to bear fruit that will last. I don't want to let God down. I want to be a saint. Help me, St. Joseph. You see how weak and sinful I am. But teach me, good father. Help me to follow the commandments and please make my heart sensitive to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. I know that as I entrust myself to your care, you will guide me and show me how to always do God's will. I give you permission to redirect the stream of my life if it ever departs from God's most perfect will.

    Saint Joseph, who did God's will, please always keep me in God's most perfect will.
     
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  9. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Six — St. Joseph, Who Suffered with Love

    Dear St. Joseph,

    As the day draws closer when I will fully consecrate myself to you, as I draw closer to you, I can't help but notice the scars on your heart, how you suffered with love. You suffered darkness and confusion when Mary was found with child. You suffered the sacrifice of your flesh as you lovingly offered up the absence of bodily intimacy in marriage. You suffered a sword in your heart, with Mary, when Simeon foretold the passion of your Son. You suffered stress and uncertainty when you had to escape with your family to Egypt and live as an immigrant. You suffered crushing anxiety when your 12-year-old Son was lost for three days. You daily suffered fatigue and bodily aches from your manual labor. Worst of all, your fatherly heart grieved at knowing that you could not be there for Jesus and Mary when their darkest hour would one day come.

    Saint Joseph, thank you for what you suffered in God's service, in union with your Son, for my salvation. I love you, St. Joseph. Thank you for your yes. Now, please help me to suffer with love as you did. When I suffer, help me not to complain. Help me not to forget love. Help me not to forget others. Dear St. Joseph, through my suffering, watch over my poor heart: May it not harden but rather become more merciful. Help me to remember all God's children who are suffering in the world, and help me to offer my suffering for them and for the good of the Church. I am counting on you, St. Joseph. I know you will be with me, helping me to suffer with love.

    Saint Joseph, who suffered with love, please help me also to suffer with a love like yours.
     
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  10. Xavier

    Xavier "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph."

    Thank you, Sam, for these beautiful prayers preparing us to offer our life to St. Joseph on his feast day.

    Pope St. John Paul II also has many wonderful reflections on St. Joseph here:

    "
    Inspired by the Gospel, the Fathers of the Church from the earliest centuries stressed that just as St. Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ's upbringing,(1) he likewise watches over and protects Christ's Mystical Body, that is, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model.

    On the occasion of the centenary of Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Epistle Quamquam Pluries,(2) and in line with the veneration given to St. Joseph over the centuries, I wish to offer for your consideration, dear brothers, and sisters, some reflections concerning him "into whose custody God entrusted his most precious treasures."(3) I gladly fulfill this pastoral duty so that all may grow in devotion to the Patron of the Universal Church and in love for the Savior whom he served in such an exemplary manner.

    In this way the whole Christian people not only will turn to St. Joseph with greater fervor and invoke his patronage with trust, but also will always keep before their eyes his humble, mature way of serving and of "taking part" in the plan of salvation.(4)

    I am convinced that by reflection upon the way that Mary's spouse shared in the divine mystery, the Church - on the road towards the future with all of humanity - will be enabled to discover ever anew her own identity within this redemptive plan, which is founded on the mystery of the Incarnation.

    This is precisely the mystery in which Joseph of Nazareth "shared" like no other human being except Mary, the Mother of the Incarnate Word. He shared in it with her; he was involved in the same salvific event; he was the guardian of the same love, through the power of which the eternal Father "destined us to be his sons through Jesus Christ" (Eph 1:5)."

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-p...hf_jp-ii_exh_15081989_redemptoris-custos.html
     
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  11. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Seven — St. Joseph, Pure of Heart

    Dear St. Joseph,

    I said I want to be a saint, and saints need to be pure not only of body but of soul. Regarding purity of body, St. Joseph, guard me, protect me, and defend me from temptations against purity. I rely on you, St. Joseph. Don't let me fall. Don't let my eyes or thoughts wander. If they do, please bring them back to Jesus. I trust in you, St. Joseph. You lived purely with Mary in the midst of her beauty. Help me to see the beauty of others with your own pure vision. If I fall, help me to find God's mercy and free me from any bondage to such sin. Regarding purity of intentions, help me do everything not to please myself or others but to please God alone. Give me this grace as my dear spiritual father. I trust in you, St. Joseph.

    Saint Joseph, Pure of Heart, please lend me your own purity of heart.
     
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  12. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Eight — St. Joseph, Man of Peace and Joy


    Dear St. Joseph,

    I know the Bible doesn't speak directly of your joy, but how could you not have been full of joy? I'm sure you were. You lived in the presence of Jesus and Mary. Well, St. Joseph, please pray for me that I will also find my joy by also living in their presence. And having yourself lived in their presence, you must have been a man of such peace. St. Joseph, please pray for me that I keep my joy and not give in to sadness, laziness, or discouragement. Also, pray that I keep my peace of soul and not hold on to anger and bitterness in my heart. Help me to be merciful to everyone by offering forgiveness that I might also, like you, be a man of true peace and joy.

    Saint Joseph, Man of Peace and Joy, please put me at peace and help me find joy.
     
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  13. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day Nine — St. Joseph, Who Died So Beautifully

    Dear St. Joseph,

    I know I am going to die. When I do, I trust that you will be there to greet me with Jesus and Mary in a special way. Will you please promise me this? I trust you. I believe that you will be there for me. For my part, I will try not to be afraid of my death, and I will live my life in preparation for it. I will maybe even look forward to it as the time when I will get to meet you face to face. Prepare me for my death, whenever it may be. If it is sudden, please make sure that my soul is prepared and please make sure I will not be lost! Dear St. Joseph, obtain this grace for me as I consecrate myself to your fatherly care. Tomorrow, I am fully yours. Probably someday after that, I will die, and I give you permission to take me home to my Father's house when that day comes.

    Saint Joseph, who died so beautifully, please prepare my soul for death.
     
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  14. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Day of Consecration to St. Joseph

    Dear St. Joseph,

    On this day, before God and your Immaculate Spouse, Mary, I ___________________ choose you as my spiritual father forever. I formally entrust myself to your fatherly care. I love you, and I trust in your prayers for my life. As your spiritual child, I give you full permission (and in fact, I'm begging you) to please act in my life, especially by...

    Praying for me constantly in a special way,
    Bringing me even deeper into the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
    Providing for me and all my loved ones,
    Guarding and protecting me from bodily and spiritual evil,
    Guiding me to always do God's most perfect will,
    Helping me to suffer with love and without complaint,
    Giving me purity of body and of soul,
    Forming me into a person of peace and joy,
    Preparing me for a beautiful and happy death.

    From this day forward, St. Joseph, you are my spiritual father, and I am your child. I trust you and love you, and I look forward to meeting you someday in heaven. I ask all of this in Jesus' name and for the glory of God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
     
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  15. JAK

    JAK Principalities

    Thankyou, Sam.

    I have loved offering up these special prayers.
     
  16. Sam

    Sam Powers

    You're welcome JAK, I've enjoyed them too.
     
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  17. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Fr. Donald Calloway has been leading a movement to a world wide consecration to ST. Joseph on March 19'th in a 33 day preparation similar to DeMontfort 33 day consecration to Mary which starts tomorrow Feb 16'th. I don't have his book-,{Consecration to St. Joseph} but he said the daily prayer they would pray with it is the litany to St. Joseph. With the consecration to Jesus through Mary coming up, I think I will just do the nine day consecration to St. Joseph and concentrate on the Marian consecration, but here is the litany to St. Joseph if anyone would like to prepare for consecration to St Joseph that way.

    Litany of St. Joseph

    Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Jesus, hear us, Jesus, graciously hear us.


    God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
    God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.


    Holy Mary, pray for us.
    St. Joseph, pray for us.
    Renowned offspring of David, pray for us.
    Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.
    Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
    Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
    Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
    Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.
    Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
    Joseph most just, pray for us.
    Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
    Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
    Joseph most strong, pray for us.
    Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
    Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
    Mirror of patience, pray for us.
    Lover of poverty, pray for us.
    Model of artisans, pray for us.
    Glory of home life, pray for us.
    Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
    Pillar of families, pray for us.
    Solace of the wretched, pray for us.
    Hope of the sick, pray for us.
    Patron of the dying, pray for us.
    Terror of demons, pray for us.
    Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.


    Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus.
    Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Jesus.
    Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus.


    He made him the lord of his household And prince over all his possessions.
    Let us pray:
    O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever.

    Saint Joseph, pray for us.



    Another prayer for 33 days:

    33 Day Consecration Prayer to Saint Joseph

    Sunday, February 16 - Thursday, March 19
    Feast Day, Thursday, March 19
    O dearest St. Joseph, I consecrate myself to your honor and give myself to you, that you may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me a greater purity of heart and fervent love of the interior life. After your example may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. O Blessed St. Joseph, pray for me, that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death.
    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.
     
  18. AED

    AED Powers

    I've been praying the 30 day prayer to St Joseph for my husband since Jan. 20th. I will continue with it I think right to March 19th. I have found this particular prayer very efficacious.
     
  19. Sam

    Sam Powers

    Today is the day to start this consecration to St. Joseph:

    Day One — St. Joseph, Powerful Intercessor

    Dear St. Joseph,

    After Mary, you're the most powerful intercessor before God. In a sense, Jesus remains obedient to you and will listen to you as you bring my intentions to Him. Because of this, I especially want to entrust myself to your fatherly care, just as Jesus Himself did. And while in the past, I may have brought to you one of my intentions here or there, this time I want to do something new. This time, I want to give you all. In other words, St. Joseph, I'm not here to offer you a regular "novena" for just one of my intentions. Rather, I want to forever entrust to you all of my needs and cares, trusting that you will bring them, with Mary, to your Son, Jesus.

    Dear St. Joseph, as the best of fathers, as the one God chose to be the virginal father of Jesus, I believe that you know what I need better than I do myself. So go ahead, St. Joseph. I give you permission to care for me as your child. In doing so, I trust that you will do everything in your power to make my life into something beautiful for God. I trust that you will watch over me and that your prayers will guide me, bless me, and protect me. I trust that you will now care for me with the same love and tenderness with which you cared for Jesus. I'll confirm this special relationship with you in nine days, when I make my prayer of consecration.

    Saint Joseph, Powerful Intercessor, please pray for me and all my intentions.
     
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    Sam, I thought that you'd enjoy seeing this post by Father Calloway. I love him!

    Consecration to St. Joseph with Fr. Calloway
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    Class of nothing. Never graduated from High School and the Rock and Roll superstar thing never worked out. Don't laugh; it was the 80s. Thanks be to heaven for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

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