FOR 1440 RESOLUTION
Days of Prayer to St. Joseph
Daily Devotions to St.
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
with Imprimi Potest
The Prayer To Be
Said Every Day
Reflections For Each Day:
Prayer To Be Said Every Day
After Each Day's Special
Most holy patriarch, St.
Joseph, I rejoice at the great dignity to
which thou hast been raised in being made foster father of the Son of
God, endowed with authority to command Him Whom Heaven and earth obey.
My holy patron, since
Jesus Himself respected and served thee as His
father, I, too, wish to enroll myself in thy service. I choose thee,
after Mary, for my principal advocate and protector. I promise to honor
thee every day with some special devotion, and each day I will place
myself under thy protection.
As thou didst enjoy the sweet
company of Jesus and Mary during thy life
on earth, grant that I may ever live close to them and never be
separated from God by losing His grace. And as thou wert assisted by
Jesus and Mary at the hour of thy death, so grant me protection at the
hour of my death, that, dying in thy presence and that of Jesus and
Mary, I may one day go to thank thee in Paradise, and in thy company
praise and love God for all eternity. Amen.
St. Joseph, patron of the
universal Church, protect us. Protect our
Holy Father, the Pope, and our Mother, Holy Church.
God, because of the great love
He bears us, and His great desire to see
us saved, has given us among other means of salvation the practice of
devotion to the Saints. It is His will that they, who are His friends,
should intercede for us, and by their merits and prayers obtain graces
for us which we ourselves do not deserve.
But everyone must know that,
after the Mother of God, St. Joseph is, of
all the Saints, the one dearest to God. He has, therefore, great power
with Him and can obtain graces for His devout clients. Let us then
St. Joseph, give me the
greatest confidence in thy powerful
We should, indeed, honor St.
Joseph, since the Son of God Himself was
graciously pleased to honor him by calling him father. "Christ," says
Origen, "gave to Joseph the honor due to a parent." The Holy Scriptures
speak of him as the father of Jesus. "His father and mother were
marveling at the things spoken concerning Him" (Luke 2:33). Mary also
used this name: "in sorrow thy father and I have been seeking thee"
(Luke 2:48 ). If, then, the King of Kings was pleased to raise Joseph
to so high a dignity, it is right and obligatory on our part to
endeavor to honor him as much as we can.
St. Joseph, I consecrate
myself to thy service forever. Protect me all
the days of my life.
The example of Jesus Christ,
Who wished to honor St. Joseph so much,
and to be subject to him on earth, ought to inflame all with a fervent
devotion toward this great Saint. Since the Eternal Father shared His
Own authority with St. Joseph, Jesus always regarded him as a father,
and respected and obeyed him for thirty years. St. Luke says He "was
subject to them" (Luke 2:51). These words mean that during all this
time the sole occupation of the Redeemer was to obey Mary and Joseph.
To St. Joseph, as head of the little family, belonged the office of
commanding, and to Jesus as a subject, the duty of obedience. Hence, a
learned author has justly said: "Men should pay great honor to him whom
the King of Kings wished to raise to such a height."
St. Joseph, by the obedience
which Jesus rendered to thee, make me
always obedient to the will of God.
St. Bernardine of Siena says
that we should be persuaded that Our Lord,
Who respected St. Joseph on earth as His father, will refuse Him
nothing in Heaven; but on the contrary, will most abundantly grant His
petitions. Jesus Himself advised St. Margaret of Cortona to cherish a
special devotion to St. Joseph, and never to allow a day to pass
without rendering some homage to him as His foster father. Let us not,
then, fail to recommend ourselves each day to St. Joseph and to ask him
St. Joseph, make me faithful
in invoking thee daily.
All the faithful should be
devoted to St. Joseph in order to obtain the
grace of a good death, and this for three reasons. 1. Because Jesus
Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and, therefore,
his intercession is more powerful than that of the other Saints. 2.
Because Our Lord, in return for having saved Him from Herod, has given
St. Joseph the special privilege of protecting the dying against the
snares of the devil. 3. Because St. Joseph, who died in the company of
Jesus and Mary, is the model of a holy death and can obtain this grace
for his clients.
St. Joseph, obtain for me
that, like thee, I may die in the arms of
Jesus and Mary.
According to St. John
Damascene: "God gave St. Joseph the love, the
care, and the authority of a father over Jesus. He gave him the
affection of a father that he might guard Him with great love; the
solicitude of a father, that he might watch over Him with care; and the
authority of a father that he might feel sure that he would be obeyed
in all that he arranged concerning this Son."
St. Joseph, be always a father
to us; and grant that we may be always
thy faithful children.
When God, destines anyone for
a particular office, He gives him the
graces that fit him for it. Therefore, since God chose St. Joseph to
fill the office of father over the person of the Incarnate Word, we
must certainly believe that he conferred upon him all the sanctity
which belonged to such an office. Gerson says that among other
privileges Joseph had three which were special to him. 1. That he was
sanctified in his mother's womb, as ere Jeremias and St. John the
Baptist. 2. That he was at the same time confirmed in grace. 3. That he
was always exempt from the inclinations of concupiscence-----a
privilege with which St. Joseph by the merit of his purity, favors his
devout clients by delivering them from carnal appetites.
St. Joseph, shining light of
chastity, preserve the angelic virtue in
In the Gospels St. Joseph is
called "just." What is meant by a just
man? St. Peter Chrysologus says: "It means a perfect man-----one
who possesses all virtues." Joseph was already holy before his
marriage; but how much must his sanctity have increased after his union
with the Blessed Virgin? The example of his holy spouse sufficed to
sanctify him; and since Mary is the dispenser of all the graces which
God grants to men, in what profusion must she not have showered them
down upon her spouse, who she loved so much and by whom she was so
St. Joseph, increase my
devotion to Mary.
The two disciples, going to
Emmaus were inflamed with Divine love by
the few moments which they spent in company with our Savior, and by His
words. What flames of holy love must not, then, have been enkindled in
the heart of St. Joseph, who for thirty years conversed with Jesus
Christ, and listened to His words of eternal life; who observed the
perfect example which Jesus gave of humility and patience, and saw the
promptness with which He obeyed and helped him in his labors, and all
that was needed for the household!
St. Joseph, inflame us with
the love of Jesus.
St. Paul writes that in the
next life Jesus Christ "will render to
every man according to His works" (Rom. 2:6). What great glory must we
not suppose that He has bestowed upon St. Joseph, who served and loved
Him so much while He lived on earth! Our Lord has promised a reward to
him who gives a cup of cold water to the poor in His name. What, then,
must be the reward of St. Joseph, who can say to Jesus Christ: "I not
only provided Thee with food, with a dwelling, and with clothes, but I
saved Thee from death, delivering Thee from the hands of Herod."
St. Joseph, increase our zeal
for growing in holiness by the hope of
We must believe that the life
of St. Joseph,
spent in the
presence of Jesus and Mary, was a continual prayer, abounding in acts
of faith, confidence, love, resignation, and oblation. Since, then, the
reward of the Saints corresponds to their merits during life, consider
how great must be the glory of St. Joseph in Heaven. St. Augustine
compares the other Saints to the stars, but St. Joseph to the sun.
It is, then, very reasonable
to suppose that St. Joseph, after Mary,
surpasses all the other Saints in merit and glory. The Venerable
Bernardine de Bustis says that when St. Joseph asks any grace for those
who are devoted to him, his prayers have in a certain manner the force
of a command with Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph, obtain for us a
great spirit of prayer.
To prove the power which St.
Joseph possesses in Paradise, St.
Bernardine of Siena writes thus: "We cannot doubt that Christ accords
to St. Joseph, now that he is in Heaven, even more perfectly the
respect and reverence which He paid to him on earth. Our Lord, Who on
earth revered St. Joseph as His father, will certainly deny him nothing
that he asks in Heaven." Let us then say to him with confidence:
St. Joseph, powerful protector
of souls, keep us from all sin.
Oh great St. Joseph, since God
has served thee, I also wish to enroll
myself in thy service. I wish henceforth to serve thee, to honor and
love thee. Take me under thy protection and dispose of me as thou
pleasest. My holy St. Joseph, pray to Jesus for me. Having obeyed all
thy commands on earth, He will certainly never refuse anything thou
doth ask Him. Tell Him to pardon me the offenses that I have committed
against Him. Tell Him to detach me from creatures and from myself. Ask
Him to inflame me with His holy love.
St. Joseph, watch over us, thy
Most holy patriarch, now that
thou art on a lofty throne in Heaven near
thy beloved Jesus, Who was subject to thee on earth, have pity on me,
who am exposed to the attacks of so many enemies, to the evil spirits,
and the passions that continually strive to rob me of the grace of God.
Through the grace given to thee on earth of enjoying the continual
society of Jesus and Mary, obtain for me the grace of living during the
remaining days of my life united to God, by resisting the attacks of
Hell. Grant, too, that I may die with the love of Jesus and Mary in my
heart so that I may be able one day to enjoy with thee their company in
the kingdom of Heaven.
St. Joseph, grant me a horror
of sin and the grace to conquer my
St. Bernard, speaking of St.
Joseph's power of dispensing graces to his
devout servants, makes use of the following remarkable words: "To some
of the Saints power is granted to succor us in particular necessities;
but to St. Joseph power is granted to succor in all necessities, and to
defend all those who, with devotion have recourse to him." Let us then
often say to him:
St. Joseph, help us when we
are in need.
St. Teresa says: "I do not
remember to have asked any favor from St.
Joseph which he did not grant. An account of the many graces which God
has bestowed upon me, and of the dangers, corporal and spiritual, from
which He has delivered me through this Saint would excite wonder. The
Lord appears to have given power to the other Saints to assist us in a
single necessity; but experience shows that St. Joseph gives aid in
all. The Lord gives us to understand that, as He was to be subject to
St. Joseph on earth, so in Heaven He does whatever the Saint asks."
St. Joseph, obtain for me the
grace of perseverance in prayer.
St. Teresa also writes: "I
would wish to persuade all the world to be
devoted to St. Joseph, because I have long experience of the great
favors which he obtains from God. I have never known any soul
especially devoted to him that did not always advance in virtue. I ask,
for God's sake, that they who do not believe me will at least make a
trial of this devotion. I cannot believe that favors are not grant ed
to St. Joseph in return for the help which he gave on earth to Jesus
St. Joseph, patron of the
interior life, lead me to that perfection
which God requires of me.
Let us ask St. Joseph for the
grace to love our Lord Jesus Christ. This
is the particular grace which St. Joseph obtains for those who are
devout to him-----a tender love toward the Incarnate
Word. The Saint merited the power to bestow this grace upon his
servants by the great love which he himself bore toward Jesus while he
lived on earth.
St. Joseph, make me love Jesus
with all my heart.
When Jesus lived in this world
in the house of St. Joseph, could a
sinner who desired to obtain forgiveness from Our Lord have found a
more efficacious means of obtaining pardon than through St. Joseph? If,
then, we desire to receive the forgiveness of our sins, let us have
recourse to St. Joseph who, now that he is in Heaven, is more loved by
Jesus Christ than he was loved by Him on earth.
St. Joseph, obtain from Jesus
the pardon of my sins.
"And Joseph also went from
Galilee out of the town of Nazareth into
Judea to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem" (Luke 2:4). In
response to the decree of Caesar Augustus, St. Joseph made the long
journey across the hills from Galilee to Bethlehem with Mary, who bore
beneath her heart the Incarnate Son of God. What sweet conversations
must Mary and Joseph have held on this journey on the mercy of God in
sending His Son into the world to redeem the human race, and on the
love of this Son in coming into this valley of tears in order to atone
by His suffering and death for the sins of men!
St. Joseph, I wish to belong
entirely to thee, so that through thee I
may belong entirely to Jesus and Mary.
"And it came to pass while
they were there, that the days for her to be
delivered were fulfilled. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and
wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because
there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:6-7). How great must
have been the sorrow of St. Joseph when he could find no shelter for
Mary on the night of the birth of the Divine Word, and was obliged to
bring her to a stable! How his heart must have been pierced with
anguish to see his holy spouse, who was pregnant, and near the time of
childbirth, trembling with cold in that damp cave, which was open on
Dear St. Joseph, through the
pain which thou didst feel in seeing the
Divine Word born in a stable, so poor, without fire, without clothes,
and in hearing the cries caused by the cold which afflicted Him, I pray
thee to obtain for me a true sorrow for my sins, by which I have drawn
tears from Jesus.
St. Joseph, penetrate my heart
with contrition and obtain for me the
grace never to sin again.
"And she brought forth her
firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger" (Luke 2 : 7). How great must have
been the joy of St. Joseph when he heard Mary calling him and saying
"Joseph, come, and adore our infant God, Who is just born in this cave.
Behold how beautiful He is. Look at the King of the world in this
manger, on this straw. See how He, Who makes the seraphs burn with
love, trembles with cold. Behold how He Who is the joy of paradise
weeps!" Dear St. Joseph, through the joy which thou didst receive at
the first sight of the infant Jesus in the crib, so beautiful and
lovely that thy heart began from that moment to beat with love for Him
alone, obtain for me also the grace to love Jesus with an ardent love
on earth so that I may one day go to enjoy Him in Heaven.
St. Joseph, share with me a
little of the burning love that thou didst
bear to Jesus.
"Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace among men of good will"
(Luke 2: 14). Consider how great was the love and tenderness of St.
Joseph when he beheld with his own eyes the Son of God become an
infant; when he heard the Angels singing around their newborn Lord, and
saw the stable filled with light. Kneeling down and weeping with love
and compassion, Joseph said: "I adore Thee, yes I adore Thee, my Lord
and my God. How great is my happiness to be the first, after Mary, to
see Thou born, and to know that in this world Thou wisheth to be called
and reputed my Son! Allow me, then, also to call Thee my Son, and to
say: My God and my Son, to Thee I consecrate my whole being. My life
shall be no longer mine, but shall be Thine without reserve!"
St. Joseph, grant that I may
spend my life, like thee, in the service
"An Angel of the Lord appeared
in a dream to Joseph, saying, Arise, and
take the child and His mother and flee into Egypt" (Matt. 2:13).
Consider the ready obedience of St. Joseph, who raised no doubts about
the time of the journey, nor about the manner of traveling, nor about
the place in Egypt in which they were to stay, but immediately prepared
to set out. He instantly makes known to Mary the command of the Angel,
and on the same night sets out without guide on a journey of 400 miles
through mountains, across rugged roads and deserts.
My holy protector, obtain for
me the grace of perfect obedience to the
How much St. Joseph must have
suffered on the journey into Egypt
in seeing the sufferings of Jesus and Mary! Their food must have been a
piece of hard bread. They could have slept only in some poor hut, or in
the open air. Joseph was indeed conformed in all things to the will of
the Eternal Father, but his tender and loving heart could not but feel
pain in seeing the Son of God trembling and weeping from cold and the
other hardships which He experienced.
St. Joseph, obtain for me the
grace that in my journey to eternity I
may never lose the company of Jesus and Mary.
"The boy Jesus remained in
Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it"
(Luke 2:43). How great was the pain of St. Joseph when Jesus was lost
in the temple! Joseph was accustomed to the enjoyment of the sweet
presence of his beloved Savior. What, then, must have been his sorrow
when he was deprived of it for three days, without knowing whether he
should evermore find Jesus, and most painful of all, without knowing
why he had lost Him. How great, on the other hand, was Joseph's joy
when he found Jesus and realized that the absence of the Child did not
arise from any neglect on his part, but from a zeal for the glory of
St. Joseph, through the merits
of the pains which thou didst suffer at
losing Jesus, obtain for me tears to weep always for my sins.
"He went down with them and
came to Nazareth, and was subject to them"
(Luke 2:51). Reflect on the holy life which Joseph led in the company
of Jesus and Mary. In that family there was no business except that
which tended to the greater glory of God; there were no thoughts or
desires except the thought and desire of pleasing God; there were no
discourses except on the love which men owe to God, and which God has
shown to men, especially in sending His only begotten Son into the
world to suffer and to end His life in a sea of sorrows and insults for
the salvation of mankind.
St. Joseph, through the tears
which thou didst shed in contemplating
the future passion of Jesus, obtain for me a continual remembrance of
the suffering of my Redeemer.
Consider the love which St.
Joseph bore to Mary, his holy spouse. She
was the most beautiful of all women. She was more humble, more meek,
more pure, more obedient, more inflamed with the love of God, than all
the Angels and than all men that have been or shall be created. Hence,
she merited all his love. Add to this his realization of the love that
she bore for him, and the fact that God had chosen her as His beloved
St. Joseph, obtain for me a
great love for Mary, thy most holy spouse.
Consider the love which Joseph
bore to Jesus. This love was not purely
human. like the love of other fathers, but superhuman; for he loved
Jesus not only as his son but also as his God. Joseph knew from the
Angel that his child was the Divine Word Who had become man to save
mankind. He realized, too, that he himself had been chosen from among
all men to be the protector and guardian of this Divine Infant. What a
flame of holy love must, then, have been enkindled in the heart of
Joseph by reflecting on all these things, and by the sight of his Lord
obeying him like a little boy, opening and closing the door, helping
him to saw or to plane, gathering fragments of wood, or sweeping the
St. Joseph, remove from my
heart all that could be an obstacle to the
love of God.
"Precious in the eyes of the
Lord is the death of His faithful ones"
(Ps. 115:6). After having faithfully served Jesus and Mary, St. Joseph
reached the end of his life in the house at Nazareth. There, surrounded
by Angels, assisted by Jesus Christ the King of Angels, and by Mary,
his spouse, who placed themselves at each side of his poor bed, filled
with the peace of Paradise, he departed from this miserable life. Who
shall ever be able to understand the sweetness, the consolation, the
blessed hope, the acts of resignation, the flames of charity which the
words of eternal life coming alternately from the lips of Jesus and
Mary, breathed into the soul of Joseph at the end of his life?
St. Joseph, grant me peace and
resignation to God's will at the hour of
Great, indeed, will be the
comfort of those, who, at the hour of death
shall be protected by St. Joseph. For this great Saint has received
from God power to command the devils and to drive them away, less they
tempt his servants in their dying moments. Happy is the soul that shall
be assisted by this great advocate, who, on account of having died with
the assistance of Jesus and Mary, and because of having preserved the
infant Jesus from the danger of death by his flight into Egypt, has
received the privilege of being the patron of a good death, and of
delivering his clients from the danger of eternal death.
St. Joseph, defend me from the
attacks of the devils at the last moment
of my life.
LITANY TO ST. JOSEPH FOR THE DYING
PRAYER OF PROTECTION