Tomorrow begins this year's St. Joseph novena.* If you're new around this blog, for the last two years a whole lot of us prayed a novena to St. Joseph for our husbands and other men in our lives and it's been pretty darn powerful. This is why I started and organized it. This year it's been on my heart to especially pray for fathers and healing. I'd like to invite you to pray it again with me and if you'd like, share the names of the men you'd like prayed for either in the comments or on the Facebook page so the rest of us can pray for them by name. It's an honor to pray for these men with you and I hope you'll add my intentions to your list as well.
Here's the main novena prayer but each day starts with a reflection that can be found here:
Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you. You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:
(Mention your request).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.
Remember, most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, my loving protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked for your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in your goodness, I come before you and humbly implore you. Despise not my petitions, foster-father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.
St. Joseph, head of the Holy Family, mirror of patience, glory of home life, pillar of families, terror of demons, and protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
*I know some people like to end a novena the day before a feast and some prefer to end it on the feast. Both are traditionally "acceptable." I like to end on the solemnity itself but you're more than welcome to begin today and end the day before if that's your style.
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