Solemnity of Saint Joseph

March 19

Today we celebrate Our Blessed Mother’s husband and Jesus’ adoptive father, Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph statue at the Mothers’ Shrine and Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, Missouri.

As we celebrate Saint Joseph, pray for all fathers, that God may grant eternal rest to those who have died and strengthen the living with love for their families and commitment to their vocation.

Daily Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph

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, 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 experienced here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Hold Him close in my name and kiss His fine head from me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.