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THE HOLY CLOAK OF SAINT JOSEPH NOVENA

Repeat the following Novena prayers every day for 9 consecutive days.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give You my heart and my soul.   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.) Say 3 Glory Be…   OFFERING

I

O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, I humbly prostrate myself before you. I beg the Lord Jesus, your Immaculate Spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the Angels and Saints in the Heavenly Court, to join me in this devotion. I offer you this precious cloak, while pledging my sincere faith and devotion. I promise to do all in my power to honor you throughout my lifetime to prove my love for you. Help me, St. Joseph. Assist me now and throughout my lifetime, but especially at the moment of my death, as you were assisted by Jesus and Mary, that I may join you one day in Heaven and there honor you for all eternity. Amen.

II

O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, prostrate, before you and your Divine Son, Jesus, I offer you, with heartfelt devotion, this precious treasury of prayers, being ever mindful of the numerous virtues which adorned your sacred person. In you, O Glorious Patriarch, was fulfilled the dream of your precursor the first Joseph, who indeed seemed to have been sent by God to prepare the way for your presence on this earth. In fact, not only were you surrounded by the shining splendor of the rays of the Divine Son, Jesus, but you were splendidly reflected in the brilliant light of the mystic moon, the Blessed Virgin Mary. O Glorious Patriarch, if the example of the ancient Jacob, who personally went to congratulate his favorite son, who was exalted on the throne of Egypt, served to bring all his progeny there, should not the example of Jesus and Mary, who honored you with their greatest respect and trust, serve to bring me, your devoted servant, to present you with this precious cloak in your honor. Grant, O Great St. Joseph, that the Almighty God may turn a benevolent glance toward me. As the ancient Joseph did not reject his guilty and cruel brothers, but rather accepted them with love and protected and saved them from hunger and death, I beseech you, O Glorious Patriarch, through your intercession, grant that the Lord may never abandon me in this exiled valley of sorrows. Grant that He may always number me as one of your devoted servants who dost live serenely under the patronage of your Holy Cloak. Grant that I may live always within the protection of this patronage, every day of my life and particularly at that moment when I draw my dying breath.

PRAYERS

I

Hail O Glorious St. Joseph, you who are entrusted with the priceless treasures of Heaven and earth and foster-father of Him Who did nourish all the creatures of the universe. You are, after Mary, the Saint most worthy of our love and devotion. You alone, above all the Saints, was chosen for that supreme honor of rearing, guiding, nourishing and even embracing the Messiah, Whom so many kings and prophets would have so desired to behold.   St. Joseph, save my soul and obtain for me from the Divine Mercy of God that petition for which I humbly pray. And for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, grant a great comfort from their pain.   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.) Say 3 Glory Be… II O powerful St. Joseph, you were proclaimed the Patron of the Universal Church, therefore, I invoke you, above all the other Saints, as the greatest protector of the afflicted, and I offer countless blessings to your most generous heart, always ready to help in any need.   To you, O Glorious St. Joseph, come the widows, the orphans, the abandoned, the afflicted, the oppressed. There is no sorrow, heartache or anguish which you have not consoled. Deign, I beseech you, to use on my behalf those gifts which God has given you, until I too shall be granted the answer to my petition and you, Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray to St. Joseph for me.   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.) Say 3 Glory Be…

III

Countless are those who have prayed to you before me and have received comfort and peace, graces and favors. My heart, so sad and sorrowful, cannot find rest in the midst of this trial which besets me. O Glorious St. Joseph, you know all my needs even before I set them forth in prayer. You know how important this petition is for me. I prostrate myself before you as I sigh under the heavy weight of the problem which confronts me. There is no human heart in which I can confide my sorrow; and even if I should find a compassionate creature who would be willing to assist me, still he would be unable to help me. Only you can help me in my sorrow, St. Joseph, and I beg you to hear my plea. Has not St. Theresa left it written in her dialogues that the world may always know “Whatever you ask of St. Joseph, you shall receive.” O St. Joseph, comforter of the afflicted, have pity on my sorrow and pity on those Poor Souls who place so much hope in their prayers to you.   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.) Say 3 Glory Be…  

IV

  O Sublime Patriarch St. Joseph, because of your perfect obedience to God, you may intercede for me. For your holy life full of grace and merit, hear my prayer. For your most sweet name, help me. For your most holy tears, comfort me. For your seven sorrows, intercede for me. For your seven joys, console me. From all harm of body and soul, deliver me. From all danger and disaster, save me. Assist me with your powerful intercession and seek for me, through your power and mercy, all that is necessary for my salvation and particularly the favor of which I now stand in such great need.   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)   Say 3 Glory Be…  

V

  O Glorious St. Joseph, countless are the graces and favors which you have obtained for afflicted souls. Illness of every nature, those who are oppressed, persecuted, betrayed, bereft of all human comfort, even those in need of their life bread, all who implore your powerful intercession are comforted in their affliction.   Do not permit, O dear St. Joseph, that I alone be the only one of all who has appealed to you, to be denied this petition which I so earnestly beg of you. Show your kindness and generosity even to me, that I may cry out in thanksgiving, “Eternal glory to our Holy Patriarch St. Joseph, my great protector on Earth and the defender of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.”   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)   Say 3 Glory Be…  

VI

  Eternal Father, Who art in Heaven, through the merits of Jesus and Mary, I beg you to grant my petition. In the name of Jesus and Mary I prostrate myself before your Divine presence and I beseech you to accept my hopeful plea to persevere in my prayers that I may be numbered among the throngs of those who live under the patronage of St. Joseph.   Extend your blessing on this precious treasury of prayers which I today offer to him as a pledge of my devotion.   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)   Say 3 Glory Be…  

SUPPLICATIONS in honor of St. Joseph’s hidden life with JESUS and MARY

  St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may come into my soul and sanctify me. St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may come into my heart and inspire it with charity. St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may come into my mind and enlighten it. St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may guide my will and strengthen it. St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may direct my thoughts and purify them. St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may guide my desires and direct them. St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may look upon my deeds and extend His blessings. St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may inflame me with love for Him.   St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus the imitation of your virtues. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus true humility of spirit. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus meekness of heart. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus peace of soul. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus a holy fear of the Lord. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus a desire for perfection. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus a gentleness of heart. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus a pure and charitable heart. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus the wisdom of faith. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus His blessing of perseverance in my good deeds. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus the strength to carry my crosses. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus a disdain for the material goods of this world. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus the grace to always walk on the narrow path toward Heaven. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus the grace to avoid all occasion of sin. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus a holy desire for eternal bliss. St. Joseph, request for me from Jesus the grace of final perseverance.   St. Joseph, do not abandon me. St. Joseph, pray that my heart may never cease to love you and that my lips may ever praise you. St. Joseph, for the love you did bear for Jesus, grant that I may learn to love Him. St. Joseph, graciously accept me as your devoted servant. St. Joseph, I give myself to you; accept my pleas and hear my prayers. St. Joseph, do not abandon me at the hour of my death. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.   (Pray 3 “Glory Be…” to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)   Say 3 Glory Be…  

INVOCATIONS TO SAINT JOSEPH

 

I

  Remember O most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my good protector St. Joseph, that never was it known that anyone who did come to your protection, and sought your intercession was left unaided. Confidently I prostrate myself before you and fervently beg for your powerful intervention. O foster-father of our dear Redeemer, despise not my petition, but in your mercy, hear and answer me.   Amen.  

II

  Glorious St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and virginal father of Jesus, look upon me and watch over me; lead me on the path of sanctifying grace; take heed of the urgent needs which I now beg you to envelop within the folds of your fatherly cloak. Dismiss those obstacles and difficulties standing in the way of my prayer and grant that the happy answer to my petition may serve for the greater glory of God and my eternal salvation.   As a pledge of my undying gratitude, I promise to spread the word of your glory while offering thanks to the Lord for having so bless your power and might in Heaven and on earth.   Recite the Litany to Saint Joseph  

CLOSING PRAYER OF THE HOLY CLOAK

  O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, you who were chosen by God above all men to be the earthly head of the most holy of families, I beseech you to accept me within the folds of your holy cloak, that you may become the guardian and custodian of my soul.   From this moment on, I choose you as my father, my protector, my counselor, my patron and I beseech you to place in your custody my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I possess, my life and my death.   Look upon me as one of your children; defend me from the treachery of my enemies, invisible or otherwise, assist me at all times in all my necessities; console me in the bitterness of my life, and especially at the hour of my death. Say but one word for me to the Divine Redeemer Whom you were deemed worthy to hold in your arms, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, your most chaste spouse. Request for me those blessings which will lead me to salvation. Include me among those who are most dear to you and I shall set forth to prove myself worthy of your special patronage.   Amen.  

PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH

  To you do we cry in our tribulations, O Blessed Saint Joseph, as we confidently invoke your patronage, after that of your most holy spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary.   By that sacred bond of devotion which linked you to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and for the fatherly love you did lavish on the child Jesus, we beg you to cast a glance on those heavenly gifts which the Divine Redeemer has obtained for all mankind through His Precious Blood and through your power and mercy, help us in our needs.   O holy protector of the holy family, protect us children of the Lord Jesus Christ; keep far from us the errors and evils which corrupt the world; assist us from Heaven in our struggles against the powers of darkness. And as you once did protect the Divine Child from the cruel edict of Herod, now defend the Church and keep it safe from all dangers and threats; spread over all of us your holy patronage so that by following your example and aided by your spiritual guidance, we may all aspire to a virtuous life, look to a holy death and secure for ourselves the blessing of eternal happiness in Heaven.   Amen.

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Written by Raphael Benedict

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