Devotions to Saint Joseph

30-Day Prayer to Saint Joseph
Chaste Spouse of the Ever-Immaculate and Blessed Virgin Mary, and foster father of Jesus Christ.

      Taken from The Key of Heaven, A Manual of Prayer by the Rt. Rev. J. Milner, DD, published with the Imprimatur of His Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, 1898 and said over a 30-day period to obtain a happy death and other good intentions asked in petition. Most traditionally said 30 days prior to the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19.

Daily Prayer to St. Joseph
   O Glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to thee do we raise our hearts and hands, to implore thy powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the a favor we now implore...

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O Glorious St. Joseph! Through the love thou bearest to Jesus Christ and for the glory of His name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist us!

Indulgenced Prayers in honor of St. Joseph

    Grant, O holy Joseph, that, ever secure under thy protection, we may pass our lives without sin. (Ind. of 300 days.)

    St. Joseph, foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and true spouse of Mary ever Virgin, pray for us. (Ind. of 300 days.)

    St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. (Ind. of 300 days.)

Longer Thirty Day Novena to St. Joseph

    Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and indulgent Father, and compassionate friend of all in sorrow, through that bitter grief with which thy heart was saturated when thou didst behold the sufferings of the Infant Savior, and in prophetic view didst contemplate His most ignominious Passion and Death; take pity, I beseech thee, on my poverty and necessities; counsel me in my doubts; and console me in all my anxieties. Thou art the good Father and protector of orphans, the advocate of the defenseless, the patron of those who are in need and desolation. Do not disregard the petition of thy poor child; my sins have drawn upon me the just displeasure of my God, and hence I am surrounded with sorrows.

    To thee, o amiable guardian of the poor neglected family of Nazareth, do I fly for shelter and protection. Listen, then, I entreat thee, with a father's solicitude, to the earnest prayer of thy poor supplicant, and obtain for me the objects of my petition. I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God; which induced Him to assume our nature, and be born in this world of sorrow. I ask it by the griref which filled thy heart, when, ignorant of the mystery wrought in thy Immaculate spouse, thou didst fear thou shouldst be separated from her.

    I ask it by that weariness, solicitude and suffering which thou didst endure when thou soughtest in vain at the inns of Bethlehem a shelter for the sacred virgin and a birthplace for the Infant God, and, when being everywhere refused, thou wert obliged to consent that the Queen of Heaven should give birth to the world's Redeemer in a wretched stable.

    I ask it by that most sad, painful duty imposed on thee, when the divine Child being eight days old, thou wert obliged to inflict a deep wound on His tender body, and thus be the first to make flow that sacred blood which was to wash away the sins of the world.

    I ask it by the sweetness and power of that sacred name, Jesus, thou didst confer on the adorable Infant.

    I ask it by that mortal anguish inflicted on thee by the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother, the future victims of Their love and our sins.

    I ask it through that sorrow and anguish which filled thy soul when the angel declared to thee that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies, from whose impious designs thou wert obliged to fly with Him and His Blessed Mother into Egypt.

    I ask it by all the pains, fatigues and toils of that long and perilous pilgrimage.

    I ask it by all the sorrows thou didst endure, when in Egypt thou wert not able even by the sweat of thy brow, to procure poor food and clothing for thy most poor family.

    I ask it by all the grief thou didst feel each time the divine Child asked for a morsel of bread, and thou hast it not to give Him.

    I ask it by all the solicitude to preserve the sacred Child and the Immaculate Mary during thy second journey when thou wert ordered to return to thy native country.

    I ask it by thy peaceful dwelling in Nazareth, in which so many joys and sorrows were mingled.

    I ask it by thy extreme affliction, in being three days deprived of the company of the adorable Child.

    I ask it by the joy in finding Him in the temple and by the ineffable consolation imparted to thee in the cottage of Nazareth, with the society of the little Jesus.

    I ask it by that wonderful condescension by which He subjected Himself to thy will.

    I ask it through that dolorous view, continually in thy mind, of all thy Jesus was to suffer.

    I ask it by that painful contemplation, which made thee foresee the divine little hands and feet, now so active in serving thee, one day to be pierced with cruel nails; that head, which rested gently on thy bosom, crowned with sharp thorns; that delicate body, which thou didst tenderly fold in thy mantle and press to thy heart, stripped and extended on a cross.

    I ask it by that heroic sacrifice of thy will and best affections, by which thou didst offer up to the Eternal Father the last awful moment, when the Man-God was to expire for our salvation.

    I ask it by that perfect love and conformity with which thou didst receive the divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary.

    I ask it by that exceeding great joy which filled thy soul when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His Kingdom, and conducted thee also into it with especial honors.

    I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption and through that interminable bliss, which with her, thou wilt eternally derive from the presence of God. O, good Father, I beseech thee, by all thy sufferings, sorrows and joys, to hear me, and to obtain the grant of my earnest petitions

Here name your petitions or reflect on them

    Obtain for all those who have asked thy prayers all that is useful to them in the designs of God. And finally, my dear protector, be thou with me and all who are dear to me, in our last moments, that we may eternally chant the praises of

        Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen

        Ave Maria....

            O guardian of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that thy prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

          [Then the following V. and R. are to be said seven times, in honor of the seven joys or sorrows of St. Joseph.]

          V. O glorious St. Joseph, through the love thou dost bear to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His name,

          R. Hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.


            O Glorious St. Joseph, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine will. Be my guide, father, and model through life, that I may merit to die as thou didst in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

        St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

        (Indulgence of 5 years on any day.)

        The Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph
          1. The sorrow St. Joseph had when he was minded to put away his stainless spouse. The joy he had when the archangel revealed the sublime mystery of the Incarnation.

          2. The sorrow St. Joseph had in seeing the infant Jesus born in abject poverty. The joy he had in hearing the harmony of angel choirs, and beholding the glory of that night.

          3. The sorrow St. Joseph had when the Precious Blood of the infant Savior was shed at His circumcision. The joy given with the Name of Jesus.

          4. The sorrow St. Joseph had at the prophecy of Simeon foretelling the sufferings of Jesus and Mary. The joy given, at the same time, of the prediction of salvation and glorious resurrection of innumerable souls.

          5. The sorrow St. Joseph had in his toil to nurture and to serve the Son of the Most High, especially in the flight he made with Him into Egypt. The joy he had in having God Himself always with him, and to see the overthrow of the idols of Egypt.

          6. The sorrow St. Joseph had by the fear of Archelaus. The joy he had in returning with Jesus from Egypt to Nazareth, and the reassurance of the angel.

          7. The sorrow St. Joseph had when through no fault of his, he lost Jesus, the holy Child, and searched for Him in great anguish for three days. The joy he had when finding Him amidst the doctors in the Temple.

    Outside of the Blessed Virgin Mary, no earthly saint has more titles. Holy Joseph is known as:

  • Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Foster-father of Jesus
  • Patron of the universal Church
  • Patron of a Happy Death
  • Model of Righteousnes
  • Protector of Children
  • Hope of the Sick
  • Consolation of the Poor
  • Rescuer of Sinners
  • Solace of the Afflicted
  • Model of Christian Workers
  • Patron of those who fight Communism
  • Patron of Priests and Seminarians
  • Model of Single Men and Married Men
  • Guardian of Virgins
  • Safeguard of Families

            "In October I will perform a miracle so that everyone can believe in the apparitions.... St. Joseph will come with the Holy Child to bring peace to the world." This was Our Lady's prediction of the miracle of Fatima, 1917.

    The great holy reformer Saint Teresa of Avila had a tremendous devotion to Saint Joseph as we see from "The Autobiography of St. Teresa", chapter 6

    "I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Joseph and commended myself earnestly to him; and I found that this my father and lord delivered me both from this trouble and also from other and greater troubles concerning my honor and the loss of my soul, and that he gave me greater blessings than I could ask of him. I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which He has freed me, both in body and in soul. To other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succor us in some of our necessities but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succors us in them all and that the Lord wishes to teach us that as He was Himself subject to him on earth (for, being His guardian and being called His father, he could command Him) just so in Heaven He still does all that he asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to him; and even to-day there are many who have great devotion to him through having newly experienced this truth."


    "I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good."


    "I only beg, for the love of God, that anyone who does not believe me will put what I say to the test, and he will see by experience what great advantages come from his commending himself to this glorious patriarch and having devotion to him. Those who practice prayer should have a special affection for him always. I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen of the Angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Child Jesus, without giving thanks to Saint Joseph for the way he helped them. If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray."

    EDITOR'S NOTES: Part of this was taken with permission from

For the Litany to Saint Joseph, see

Devotion honoring Saint Joseph