Prayers to St. Joseph

Traditional Prayers to St. Joseph

Prayers to St. Joseph
Prayers to St. Joseph

An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph

OST. JOSEPH, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thou and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy 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.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen.


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Prayer to St. Joseph

Ad te beáte Joseph

TO THEE, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and, having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. 

By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength. 

Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven. Amen.


Simplified version (1968, Indulgenced):

BLESSED Joseph, husband of Mary, be with us this day. Thou protected and cherished the Virgin; loving the Child Jesus as thy son, thou rescued Him from danger of death. Defend the Church, the Household of God, purchased by the Blood of Christ.

Guardian of the Holy Family, be with us in our trials. May thy prayers obtain for us the strength to flee from error and wrestle with the powers of corruption so that in life we may grow in holiness and in death rejoice in the crown of victory. Amen.


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Prayer to St. Joseph for the Dying

EVERLASTING Father, for the sake of the love which Thou didst bear to St. Joseph, whom Thou didst choose above all to occupy Thy place on earth, have mercy on us and those who are dying.

Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri …

Everlasting Son of God, for the sake of Thy love toward St. Joseph, who didst protect Thee so faithfully on earth, have mercy on us and those who are dying.

Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri …

Everlasting Divine Spirit, for the sake of Thy love toward St. Joseph, who so carefully protected Mary, Thy most holy and beloved Spouse, have mercy on us and on those who are dying.

Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri …

(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 500 days, once a day)


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Invocations to St. Joseph

JESUS, Mary, and Joseph, I give Thee my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe out my soul in peace with Thee!


HELP us, St. Joseph, in our earthly strife, ever to lead a pure and blameless life.


ST. JOSEPH, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.


GRANT us, dear St. Joseph, to run life’s pathway in innocent fashion: May we for ever be safe under thy blest patronage.


ST. JOSEPH, reputed father of Our Lord Jesus Christ and true spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, pray for us.


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Litany of Saint Joseph

LORD, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, One God, (have mercy on us.)

Holy Mary, (* pray for us)

St. Joseph, (* pray for us)
Noble scion of David, (*)
Light of the Patriarchs, (*)
Spouse of the Mother of God, (*)
Chaste Guardian of the Virgin, (*)
Foster-father of the Son of God, (*)
Sedulous Defender of Christ, (*)
Head of the Holy Family, (*)
Joseph most just, (*)
Joseph most chaste, (*)
Joseph most prudent, (*)
Joseph most valiant, (*)
Joseph most obedient, (*)
Joseph most faithful, (*)
Mirror of patience, (*)
Lover of poverty, (*)
Model of all who labour, (*)
Glory of family life, (*)
Protector of virgins, (*)
Pillar of families, (*)
Consolation of the afflicted, (*)
Hope of the sick, (*)
Patron of the dying, (*)
Terror of the demons, (*)
Protector of Holy Church, (*)

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

He made him the lord of His household. (And prince over all his possessions.)

Let us pray.
God, Who, in Thine ineffable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the Spouse of Thy most holy Mother; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in Heaven whom, on earth, we venerate as our protector. Who livest and reignest world without end. (Amen.)

(Partial Indulgence, 1968; taken from


Litany for the Dying

(Private use only)

N.B. It is suggested that the dying be given a Crucifix to hold or put it in a place where it is easily seen.

LORD have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, (* pray for him/her)
All ye holy Angels and Archangels, (*)
Holy Abel, (*)
All ye choirs of the just, (*)
Holy Abraham, (*)
St. John the Baptist, (*)
St. Joseph, (*)
All ye Patriarchs and Prophets, (*)
St. Peter, (*)
St. Paul, (*)
St. Andrew, (*)
St. John, (*)
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists, (*)
All ye holy Disciples of our Lord, (*)
All ye holy Innocents, (*)
St. Stephen, (*)
St. Lawrence, (*)
All ye holy Martyrs, (*)
St. Sylvester, (*)
St. Gregory, (*)
St. Augustine, (*)
All ye holy Bishops and Confessors, (*)
St. Benedict, (*)
St. Francis, (*)
St. Camillus, (*)
St. John of God, (*)
All ye holy Monks and Hermits, (*)
St. Mary Magdalen, (*)
St. Lucy, (*)
All ye holy Virgins and Widows, (*)
All ye holy Saints of God, make intercession for him / her.

Be merciful, spare him / her, O Lord!
Be merciful, deliver him / her, O Lord!
Be merciful, deliver him / her, O Lord!

From Thy anger, (~ deliver him / her, O Lord!)
From the danger of death, (~)
From an ill end, (~)
From the pains of hell, (~)
From all evil, (~)
From the power of the devil, (~)
Through Thy nativity, (~)
Through Thy Cross and Passion, (~)
Through Thy Death and burial, (~)
Through Thy glorious Resurrection, (~)
Through Thy admirable Ascension, (~)
Through the grace of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, (~)
In the day of Judgment, (~)

We sinners, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou spare him, we beseech Thee, hear us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us. Amen.


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St. Joseph with Infant Jesus Statue
St. Joseph with Infant Jesus Statue


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Roy Schoeman speaks to ‘Kevin from Melbourne’ who prayed the 30 Day ‘Novena’ Prayer of the Holy Cloak of St. Joseph (with efficacious results) to overcome a inveterate addiction to pornography:


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Devotion to St. Joseph:

The Blessed Virgin Mary asks Ven. Mary of Agreda for a loving devotion to St. Joseph:

“My daughter, although thou hast described my spouse, Saint Joseph, as the most noble among the princes and saints of the heavenly Jerusalem; yet neither canst thou properly manifest his eminent sanctity, nor can any of the mortals know it fully before they arrive at the vision of the Divinity. Then all of them will be filled with wonder and praise as the Lord will make them capable of understanding this sacrament. On the last day, when all men shall be judged, the damned will bitterly bewail their sins, which prevented them from appreciating this powerful means of their salvation, and availing themselves, as they easily could have, of this intercessor to gain the friendship of the just Judge. The whole human race has much undervalued the privileges and prerogatives conceded to my blessed spouse and they know not what his intercession with God is able to do. I assure thee, my dearest, that he is one of the greatly favoured personages in the divine presence and has immense power to stay the arms of divine vengeance.

“I desire that thou be very thankful to the divine condescension for vouchsafing thee so much light and knowledge regarding this mystery, and also for the favour which I am doing thee therein. From now on, during the rest of thy mortal life, see that thou advance in devotion and in hearty love toward my spouse, and that thou bless the Lord for thus having favoured him with such high privileges and for having rejoiced me so much in the knowledge of all his excellences. In all thy necessities thou must avail thyself of his intercession. Thou shouldst induce many to venerate him and see that thy own religious distinguish themselves in their devotion. That which my spouse asks of the Lord in heaven is granted upon the earth and on his intercession depend many and extraordinary favours for men, if they do not make themselves unworthy of receiving them. All these privileges were to be a reward for the amiable perfection of this wonderful saint and for his great virtues; for divine clemency is favourably drawn forth by them and looks upon saint Joseph with generous liberality, ready to shower down its marvellous mercies upon all those who avail themselves of his intercession.”

(Excerpt from Mystical City of God)

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