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Prayer to St. Joseph

A Fathers for Good correspondent from India wrote: “I used to be very devoted to St. Joseph. I can attribute a lot of help from prayers seeking his help through many incidents in my life, but they have all dried up, and I know have only a flicker of the early devotion. I would like to rekindle the old fire, hope, and devotion. . .”

Men who could use the gentle wisdom of St. Joseph in their lives may not be sure how to establish or re-establish a patronal relationship with this great saint. The best place to start is simply to pray to St. Joseph, asking his intercession on our behalf before God.

Here is a good prayer to start with:

O St. 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 St. Joseph, do 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 St. 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.

St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Another popular devotion is the Novena to St. Joseph, a nine-day series of prayers for a particular petition. One can be found here:

A shorter version can be found here: