DAYS PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH (IN HONOR OF THE 30 YEARS HE SPENT WITH JESUS AND
This prayer was taken from a leaflet provided by the Josephites and may be
said during any 30 days of the year.)
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.
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
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.
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.
ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you conferred
on the adorable Infant.
ask it by the 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.
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.
ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous
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.
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.
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.
ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.
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.
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.
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.
(Here name your petitions or think of them.)
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
JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH
your kind patronage