Sunday, March 11, 2007

Start a nine day novena to Saint Joseph today

St. Joseph's feast day is coming up on March 19th. Today is the day to start a nine day novena to St. Joseph so the ninth day will fall on his feast day. A novena, of course is a series of nine prayers beseeching a particular saint for help. It can be prayed at any time, but an ideal time is nine days before the Saint's feast day.

A prayer I like to say to St. Joseph is this one:
Oh 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. Oh 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 Loving of Fathers. Oh 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.

This prayer is said to be over 1900 years old and has been seldom known to fail.

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