Monday, March 10, 2014

Novena Alert: St. Joseph

Today is the first day of the Novena to St. Joseph, whose feast we will celebrate next Wednesday. Don't miss this great opportunity for an outpouring of God's grace through the intercession of the patron of the Universal Church. 

Novena to St. Joseph 

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy 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.

For a lengthier Novena Prayer, customized for each day, check out this one from EWTN.