Today, on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, I offer you this prayer. The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker is May 1.
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, 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 Saint Joseph, I never weary of 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. Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
According to The Pieta Prayer book published by TAN, this prayer was found in the 50th year of our LORD Jesus Christ. Likewise, according to tradition, whoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on him or her. He or she will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will he or she be defeated in battle. Saint Joseph is so powerful that one of his titles is the Terror of Demons.
Some books tell us to say this prayer for 9 consecutive mornings, others recommend 9 consecutive days. Every source I’ve seen says to ask for anything you desire. Every time I’ve said this novena, my prayers have been answered better than I could have imagined.
The portrait is “Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 17th century. Photo by and thanks to the owners, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre in Scotland.