Feast day: March 19
Prayer to St Joseph
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 most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St Joseph, I never weary of 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 me.
St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Protector of the Child Jesus. Little is known about Joseph except that he was of the line of David which was essential in order for Jesus to be legally of the house and line of David in fulfilment of the Scriptures. What is more important for us is the example which Joseph left us.
He was a man of faith who played his role in God’s salvific plan for us; he was obedient to the will of God; he had a love for the Law and its fulfilment; he showed piety and fortitude in times of trial; he had a chaste love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and he exercised his paternal authority with due care. He is, therefore, a true example of Christian living and is the Protector of the Church and of the Carmelite Order. Joseph is also the patron of carpenters and manual workers.