Saint of the Day: The Solemnity of Saint Joseph (FRIDAY, MARCH 19)

Patron Saint of the Universal Church (First Century) His life + Joseph was a poor tradesman (tektōn, cf. Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3) in the village of Nazareth. + Following the announcement by an angel that Mary was to be the mother of Jesus, Joseph willingly accepted the responsibility of caring for the young mother and… Continue reading Saint of the Day: The Solemnity of Saint Joseph (FRIDAY, MARCH 19)

Pray the Stations with St. Joseph

St. Joseph wasn’t at Calvary, but these Stations turn to his intercession as we walk beside his Son. Pope Francis has gifted the Church the Year of St. Joseph. Maybe your Lenten focus has been to grow in a deeper appreciation for him, as universal patron of the Church and father of the Christ child.… Continue reading Pray the Stations with St. Joseph

Prayer to St. Joseph to be your guide in the spiritual life

Ask St. Joseph to help you navigate the spiritual life and draw closer to Jesus.   In many ways St. Joseph is seen as a model for living a life of prayer. Scripture doesn’t record any words he spoke, and this silence is often seen as an expression of his contemplative spirit. Joseph was able to… Continue reading Prayer to St. Joseph to be your guide in the spiritual life

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20)

Saturday after Ash Wednesday Prayer for the Morning   The Lord is good and forgiving: let us praise him with all our heart!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   HYMN   Thy… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20)

Prayer to St. Joseph for nightly protection

Ask God, St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary to protect you from all evil during the night with this prayer.   When we lie down to sleep, it can be comforting to know that we are not alone and that God is watching over us, protecting us from harm. Here is a short prayer from… Continue reading Prayer to St. Joseph for nightly protection

Prayer to St. Joseph for perseverance

St. Joseph is a model of patience and perseverance, working quietly during the hidden years of Jesus’ life.   Do you struggle with patience or perseverance? One saint to turn to for inspiration is St. Joseph. He did not seek special honors during his life, nor did he draw much attention to himself. St. Joseph simply… Continue reading Prayer to St. Joseph for perseverance

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27)

Saint Angela Merici Prayer for the Morning   Let us praise the God of mystery and love!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!   HYMN   O Father, Source of life adored,… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27)

A powerful prayer to St. Joseph for the conversion of a family member

When someone we love has lost their way and needs a little spiritual help.   As hard as we try to have a positive influence on our family members, there will be occasions when a loved one drifts away from God and pursues a life contrary to the Gospel. It can be difficult to watch… Continue reading A powerful prayer to St. Joseph for the conversion of a family member

The Litany of St. Joseph

This year is the time to make this prayer your own, if you haven’t yet.   The Litany of St. Joseph is a wonderful prayer to get in the habit of praying, especially during this Year of St. Joseph.   As the US bishops’ conference notes:   This litany is ordinarily enriched with a partial… Continue reading The Litany of St. Joseph

THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH PRAYER

The official prayer of the Year of St. Joseph—To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)—was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam Pluries. The Holy Father asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary especially during October, the month of the Holy Rosary. This prayer is enriched with… Continue reading THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH PRAYER

Prayer that St. Joseph’s spirit of peace would spread in the Church

St. John XXIII turned to St. Joseph for guidance at the beginning of the Second Vatican Council.   When preparing for the Second Vatican Council, St. John XXIII composed a prayer to St. Joseph in his document Le Voci, asking him to protect the Church during their deliberations. This prayer remains a fitting one, asking God… Continue reading Prayer that St. Joseph’s spirit of peace would spread in the Church

PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, JANUARY 15)

Prayer for the Evening   Jesus Christ is the source of life: come, let us adore him!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!   HYMN   Lord, let my evening prayer As… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, JANUARY 15)

Prayer to St. Joseph for those seeking an adoption

St. Joseph is seen as a powerful intercessor for anyone currently pursuing an adoption.   St. Joseph is often called the “foster father” of Jesus and is the prime example of a saint who adopted a child that was not his biological son. For this reason, St. Joseph is a patron for all adoptive parents. Here is… Continue reading Prayer to St. Joseph for those seeking an adoption

Needing protection and comfort? Try this beautiful Novena of the Holy Cloak of Joseph

The name alone draws one in with a beautiful image …   This month of St. Joseph is a great time to begin praying a lesser-known but incredibly powerful novena to the foster father of Jesus: the Holy Cloak Novena.   The name alone draws one in with a beautiful image: the cloak that St.… Continue reading Needing protection and comfort? Try this beautiful Novena of the Holy Cloak of Joseph