Prayers to St. Joseph

Traditional Prayers to St. Joseph

Prayers to St. Joseph
Prayers to St. Joseph

“Though thou hast recourse to many saints as thine intercessors, go specially to St. Joseph, for he has great power with God.”
St. Theresa of Avila

2020/21 INDULGENCES: The Year Of St. Joseph


Traditional Feast of St. Joseph Prayer
(March 19)

ANT. Behold the faithful and wise servant, whom the Lord made ruler over His household.

V/. The Lord loved him and adorned him.
R/. He clothed him with a robe of glory.

Let us pray.
HELP US, we beseech Thee, O lord, through the merits of the blessed Joseph, spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that, what we cannot of ourselves obtain, Thou mayest grant us at his petition. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

V/. Pray for us, blessed St. Joseph.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Memorare to St. Joseph

REMEMBER, O most pure spouse of Mary ever Virgin, my loving protector, Saint Joseph, that never has it be known that anyone ever invoked thy protection, or besought aid of thee, without being consoled.

In this confidence I come before thee; I fervently recommend myself to thee. Despise not my prayer, foster-father of our Redeemer, but do thou in thy pity graciously receive it. Amen.


ANT. In whatever tribulation they shall cry to me, I will hear them and be their protector always.

V/. Obtain for us, O Joseph, to lead an innocent life.
R/. And may it ever be safe through thy patronage.

Let us pray.
O GOD, Who in Thine unspeakable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the husband of Thy most holy Mother, mercifully grant that, as we venerate him for our protector on earth, we may deserve to be aided by his intercession in heaven. Who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.


Prayer to St. Joseph

GUARDIAN of virgins, and holy father, St. Joseph, to whose faithful custody Christ Jesus, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were committed, I pray and beseech thee, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life. Amen.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 3 years)


O Joseph, Virgin Father of Jesus

O JOSEPH, virgin father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us daily to the Son of God, that, armed with the weapons of His grace, we may fight as we ought in life, and be crowned by Him in death. Amen.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 500 days)


To Thee, O Blessed Joseph | Ad te beáte Ioseph

(This prayer was prescribed by Pope Leo XIII for the month October, to be recited after the Holy Rosary.)

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.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 3 years)

Simplified version :

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.
(Post 1968, partial indulgence)


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.


Saint Joseph, Terror of Demons Prayer

Saint Joseph, Terror of Demons, cast thy solemn gaze upon the devil and all his minions and protect us with thy mighty staff. Thou fled through the night to avoid the devil’s wicked designs; now with the power of God, smite the demons as they flee from thee!

Grant special protection, we pray, for children, fathers, mothers, families, and the dying.

By God’s grace, no demon dares approach while thou art near, so we beg of thee, Saint Joseph, always be near to us! Amen.

Saint Joseph, the terror of demons, pray for us.



Saint Joseph, Model of Workers Prayer

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labour, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honour to employ and develop by means of labour the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having death always before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch St. Joseph. Such shall be my motto in life and in death.



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Prayer to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church

O GLORIOUS St. Joseph, selected by God to be the foster-father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, and head of the Holy Family; therefore chosen by Christ’s vicar as the heavenly patron and protector of the Church founded by Christ; with the greatest confidence I now implore thy powerful assistance for the whole Church militant. 

Protect in an especial manner, with thy truly fatherly love, the Sovereign Pontiff and all bishops and priests united with the See of Peter. Be the protector of those who labour for souls amid the trials and tribulations of this life, and grant that all the people of the earth may submit with docility to that Church which is the necessary means of salvation for all.

Deign also, dear St. Joseph, to accept the consecration which I make of myself to thee. I dedicate myself to thy service, that thou mayest be ever my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a servant love for the interior life. Grant that, after thy example, all my actions may be directed to the greater glory of God in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and thy own. Finally, pray for me, that I may participate in the peace and joy which thou didst enjoy in thy holy death. Amen.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 500 days)


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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


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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)


St. Joseph with Infant Jesus Statue
St. Joseph with Infant Jesus Statue
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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful prayers. God bless.

  2. Angel Ramon Blanco says:

    All these prayers are so beautiful and illumines the mind towards GOD that is so uplifting to me. I love it!
    Please post more. Much more, please. We need them desperately!

  3. Paul Montpetit says:

    I perceive St. Joseph as a calming effect when troubled he is our helping hand and protector , Believe brother Andre as all miracles were because of his faith in St. Joseph who he relied on to perform these miracles. Amen

  4. Rick & Colleen Kist says:

    Isn’t it high time that we pray to St. Joseph for the protection of unborn babies and the end of abortion? We need look to him to inspire all young and grown men and show them what it truely means to be a man.
    We need look to St. Joseph to put an end to this sexually crazed idea of what manhood is. All men need to aspire to live by his example of true manhood. All young and grown women need to pray for his help in living good and chaste lives as well.

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