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St. Joseph Novena, Day 1

St. Joseph and Child by Guido Reni

Happy Feast of Saint Joseph! Today's a great day to start a novena to St. Joseph. Of course, it would have been much cooler for me to start this novena nine days ago, but ...

I remember my first novena to St. Joseph--I think it was the one from the EWTN website. When I ask St. Joseph to pray for me, it's usually to help me take care of my family. On the 9th day of my first St. Joseph Novena--on the ninth day!--I received a call from my current employer, calling me in for an interview. And you know what? I really love this employer. He has done all he can to help me and my family. I may just work for this law firm for the next 50 years :)

Note: It is said that this prayer was originally found ca. 50AD. Sometime during the 16th century, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. It is said that whoever shall read this prayer or take it with them, shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire or shall be overpowered in battle. 

Say this prayer for nine days for anything you may desire. Then let go and leave it to God. Trust that whatever is the outcome of your novena is truly what is best for you in accordance with the will of God.

O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.  

O Saint Joseph, 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.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary 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. Amen

O Saint Joseph, hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. O Saint Joseph, pray for me. (Mention your intention)

St. Joseph, Pray For Us!!

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