Monday, March 11, 2013

St. Joseph Novena for the Church

As the Conclave opens soon, let us pray to St. Joseph, Patron of the Catholic Church, for the Church and the Cardinal - electors. St. Joseph's Feast will be on March 19. March is the month of St. Joseph!

O glorious St. Joseph, chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the chaste spouse of Mary ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family and then appointed by the Vicar of Christ to be the heavenly patron and defender of the Church founded by Jesus, most confidently do I implore at this moment your powerful aid for all the Church militant on earth. Shield with your truly paternal love especially the (future) Supreme Pontiff and all the bishops and priests who are in union with the Holy See of Peter. Be the defender of all who labor for souls amidst the trials and tribulations of this life, and cause all the peoples of the earth to submit themselves in a docile spirit to that Church which is the ark of salvation for all men.

Be pleased also, dear St. Joseph, to accept this dedication of myself which I now make to you. I dedicate myself wholly to you, that you may ever be my father, my patron, and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent devotion to the interior life. Grant that following your example, I may direct all my actions to the greater glory of God , in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in union with you. Finally, pray for me that I may be a partaker in the peace and joy which were yours in the hour of your holy death. Amen.

BEHOLD a faithful and wise servant, whom the Lord has set over His household.

V. Glory and riches shall be in his house.
R. And his justice shall endure forever and ever.

Let us pray:
O God, who by Your unspeakable Providence did vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the Spouse of Your most holy Mother: mercifully grant that as we venerate him for our Protector on earth, we may be found worthy to be aided by his intercession in heaven. You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

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