This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles
when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about
themselves shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on
them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire
or shall be overpowered in battle. Say this prayer for nine mornings for anything you may
desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.
Oh Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intersession, 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. Oh 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. Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen and Amen
Novena to Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants.
I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I might merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus - all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularily the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore (mention your request).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you do
we raise our hearts
and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart
of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly
the grace of a happy death, and the special favor we now implore.
O guardian of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that your prayers in our behalf
will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
[Then the following verse and
response are to be said seven
times, in honor of the seven joys
or sorrows of Saint Joseph.]
O glorious Saint Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His name,
Hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
O Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect
resignation to the divine will. Be my guide, father, and model through life, that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of
Jesus and Mary. Saint Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us. (Partial indulgence on any day.)
The Sevens Joys and Seven Sorrows of Saint Joseph
The sorrow Saint Joseph had when he was minded to put away his stainless spouse.
The joy he had when the archangel revealed the sublime mystery of the Incarnation.
The sorrow Saint Joseph had in seeing the infant Jesus born in abject poverty.
The joy he had in hearing the harmony of angel choirs, and beholding the glory of that night.
The sorrow Saint Joseph had when the Precious Blood of the infant Savior was shed at His circumcision.
The joy given with the Name of Jesus.
The sorrow Saint Joseph had at the prophecy of Simeon foretelling the sufferings of Jesus and Mary.
The joy given, at the same time, of the prediction of salvation and glorious resurrection of innumerable souls.
The sorrow Saint Joseph had in his toil to nurture and to serve the Son of the Most High, especially in the flight he made with Him into
The joy he had in having God Himself always with him, and to see the overthrow of the idols of Egypt.
The sorrow Saint Joseph had by the fear of Archelaus.
The joy he had in returning with Jesus from Egypt to Nazareth, and the reassurance of the angel.
The sorrow Saint Joseph had when through no fault of his, he lost Jesus, the holy Child, and searched for Him in great anguish for three
The joy he had when finding Him amidst the doctors in the Temple.
The following prayers and aspiration have partial indulgences attached.
1. Grant, O holy Joseph, that, ever secure under your protection, we may pass our lives without sin.
2. Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and true spouse of Mary ever Virgin, pray for us.
3. Saint Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.