St. Joseph Novena

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st. joseph novenaSt. Joseph is a powerful patron. He is, as John Paul II called him, the Guardian of the Redeemer. He humbly accepted his role as guardian, husband and father in the Holy Family. Therefore, St. Joseph’s intercession has been sought for centuries.

St. Joseph was clearly very close to our Lord and so we come to him with this novena with a sense of humility because of his great humility.

There are actually a few different feast days for Saint Joseph, but March 19th has been most celebrated as his feast day in Western Christianity. But of course, you can pray a novena to him anytime.

St. Joseph Answers Prayers

I started this novena a month and a half after my husband was released from his job. He had one interview but no job offers. Thankfully on the 7th day, he received a job offer and starts his new job and career a week from tomorrow. Thank you St. Joseph and the Lord for hearing my prayers!

– Sam

Thanks be to God through the intercession of St. Joseph!!! The contract for our new house was signed today on St. Joseph’s feast day…the day after I finished the novena!

– Christy

St. Joseph Novena Prayers

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me to have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:

(Mention your request)

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Day 1 – St. Joseph Most Just, Pray for us!
Day 2 – St. Joseph Most Prudent, Pray for us!
Day 3 – St. Joseph Most Loving Husband, Pray for us!
Day 4 – St. Joseph Most Strong, Pray for us!
Day 5 – St. Joseph Most Obedient, Pray for us!
Day 6 – St. Joseph Most Faithful, Pray for us!
Day 7 – St. Joseph Pillar of Families, Pray for us!
Day 8 – St. Joseph Patron of the Dying, Pray for us!
Day 9 – St. Joseph Terror of Demons, Pray for us!


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.


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More About St. Joseph

Most of everything we know about Saint Joseph comes from Scripture. There is some disagreement about his genealogy, but both Mark and Matthew say his descent is from David, the greatest king of Israel — and yet, he was a very humble, working man. He was a carpenter.

It is said that it was probably in Nazareth that St. Joseph was betrothed to and married Mary. After discovering that Mary was pregnant, also after their betrothal, he knew that the child was not his – and as such, he had planned on divorcing her quietly.

However, an angel came to him in a dream and told him that the child Mary was carrying was the son of God. Immediately upon hearing this, Joseph took Mary as his wife.

The angel came a second time to tell him his family was in danger, and he also reacted immediately by leaving everything behind him — his family, friends, and all that he owned — to go to Egypt with Mary and their newborn baby, Jesus.

There is a lot we don’t know about St. Joseph, but we do know that he loved Jesus as his own son, he respected God and he was a righteous man. (Matthew 1:18)

He is the Patron of…

St. Joseph is known to help the faithful especially by praying for the following:

  • People
    • Cabinetmakers, carpenters and craftsmen
    • Confectioners
    • The dying
    • Engineers
    • Families
    • Fathers
    • Workers
    • House Hunters
    • People in doubt
    • Travelers
  • Countries
    • Canada
    • China
    • Korea
    • Viet Nam
  • Other
    • Happy death
    • Holy death
    • Universal Church
    • Vatican II

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  1. Dear St Joseph and Lord Jesus, please help My son, to get this job and Woolworths a big chain store. please help him Lord to get an agreement to confirm he gets this job. Lord he passed the test, then he was called for the interview. please Lord make all things possible, cut cancel and denounce all stumbling blocks and obstacle in Jesus mighty name. Lord your favour from Zion will b upon him. He has Zoey life the god kind of accurate abundant and excellent life. make a way for him Dear Lord where there seems to b no way. help him I pray in Jesus mighty name. Lord you are the way maker miracle worker. in you we place our trust in Jesus mighty name. Amen

  2. Dear St. Joseph, I’m praying the vote in Ireland will be against allowing abortions. I pray everyone submits a vote of no. Amen.

  3. Dear Saint Joseph,
    Thank you very much for interceding on my behalf to God, so that I got two desired job offers. Please continue to pray on my behalf and help me with getting my OPT on time to start the new job. Thank you very much.

  4. Please St Joseph help my son Alex get through this difficult time that his path and future become clear to him he is a good kid please help him see the things he’s doing are not helping him please mend his broken head and heart xx please protect my other two sons and they too find happiness, you know all my thoughts and feelings St Joseph please intercede for me and my little family I can’t not ask for your blessing on my mum and dads daily struggles please intercede with their suffering thank you with all my heart I have turned to your throughout my life xxx

  5. Dear St. Joseph,
    I need your help to secure a government job that is permanent & pensionable. I am in my mid 40’s, suffered a serious life threatening health scare a few years ago & have worked sporadically since then (8 yrs). I am a single parent with a mortgage & a rental property that I must sell to repay the bank – but there will be a substantial shortfall of money which I will need a job to help repay. Please please help me to obtain a permanent job-I truly want to work and meet my financial commitments – please enable me to do so by helping me get a good job. In Jesus’ Holy Name, I pray. Amen

  6. Dear St. Joseph
    Pray for my son to quit smoking pot. To get a job he actually likes, to go on living a happy and productive life and walk closer to God.

  7. Dear Saint Joseph, I have been without employment for about 5 months. Please help me find a great job to support my big family. I ask that you guide the administrator at BR to see the potential in me and hire me for one of their 3 position. I ask that anyone reading this to please keep me in your prayers. Thank you Saint Joseph.

  8. please pray for me for new job have a lot of frustrations in my current job, my son had menegitis but demaged his bones and mind caused disability on him, my husband resigned from job up to now have not gotten any job, my dad is sick also as the doctor said its cancer (prostrate)
    i believe all is possible through prayer.

  9. St. Joseph please pray for our family that we will get the home we bid on and all the stress will be wiped away. TY

  10. Dear St. Joseph please help facilitate the removal of the sp and help them find the perfect antibiotic to finally remove any infection that remains. It has been a long journey for him, and I am asking for your help for a comfortable remainder of the journey for him. He is the most positive person that always sees the best outcome. Thank you for your assistance.

  11. Dear St. Joseph, please pray and intercede on my behalf. Place my request at the foot of our God’s throne and ask Him to please look kindly on me and my sisters and show His Mercy. Please pray that we can keep our homes. Amen.

  12. Dear St. Joseph, please bless my neighbor’s ailing father who has lukemia, my dear friend’s friend who has cancer, my family, my pastor’s father who passed and especially consider my family members who either do not practice the faith or have no desire to know Christ. My oldest daughters.
    Thank you, dearest Father of us all.

  13. Thanks be to God. I am desperately need a job. Since I have graduated from my school I haven’t been got a job. Now this is my four years struggleing for job. I ask saint Joseph father of all families to heal me and pray for me to get a job. So that I help myself and my families. ..I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  14. Dear St. Joseph,
    Please pray that our investment property will be sold at a very good price very very soon and my eldest will get a good job aligned to his education.
    Thank you.

  15. In the Name of Jesus, thank you St. Joseph for hearing and answering my prayers. My nephew had a difficult time getting his nursing aid certificate sent to him, and today it came in the mail. Plus, he has an interview for a job!! God Bless. Amen.

  16. Please pray for me to finish my Masters program and trust that I can do the job I have set out to do. Things that I let get in the way come in the form of relationships that take me away from our Lord, anger for past mistakes, and fear that I cannot live out God’s plan for me with the zeal and enthusiasm I should.

  17. Please pray for my sister to get a new job. She has been unemployed for 9 months and is having trouble finding new employment. Thank you. Amen.

  18. Dear St. Joseph,
    Please pray that I may find a job soon, so that I can support myself. My husband and I are always fighting because I don’t have a job and my lack of desire to get a job. It’s been 5 years since I worked and I applied for jobs in the past and never get anywhere. My husband is not talking to me and ignoring me when I talk to him. Now I really need to get a job. We are separating so I need to get a place of my own. Please pray for the healing of our marriage, and that our adult kids may understand our situation.

  19. Dear Saint Joseph please help me to change and stop my partner wilmar udarbe jr. His alcholic womanizer kleptomaniac ,cheaters. And liers most of time so unrespectful and rude he don’t understand what he doing .please full him in demon Satan way .convert to be a good and change for better please I know hv still time and there’s no impossible to our Lord and you amen

  20. Dear St Joseph,
    I pray for my husband who has a hernia that has been bothering him when he is overdoing work and not taking rest breaks.
    Please help him. I have gotten him the St Joseph’s oil from the Oratory in Montreal. I pray that by rubbing this oil on fhe area it will heal and improve his soul.

  21. St. Joseph, you know hard hard it is for my spouse to find work. You know how bad his state of mind is, and you know about his mental health issues. I need a miracle to get him working again. My wonderful father was given your name, now I desperately need the help of both of you, with Mary’s help through Christ our Lord. Amen

  22. Dear St. Joseph, Please help me get over this slothful comfotabilitiness and get up and take the action I need to get to work again. I’ve worked 12 hour days with stress b 4 but health problems caused me to b out of work for 5 years and now I’m 2 comfortable and I don’t like it. Please help me make the move to take action with out so much hardship. Amen.

  23. Dear God:

    Thank you for your everlasting love. I choose to love and serve you in all I do. Dear St. Joseph, please intercede for me. My prayer is that my family bloodline and the bloodline of friends and our future generations will be restored by the previous Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I ask for forgiveness for all our sins and our ancestors, especially the men of our families. I ask for the healing of all father wounds in me and my family, friends, community, country and the world. I pray than men return to being authentic guardians, protectors, leaders, providers, fathers and lovers of You and the family.

    St. Joseph most just, pray for us


  24. Dear Saint Joseph,

    Please pray for my husband to get another job where he is closer to home and where we can be with him. We miss him, we need him home and his work won’t let him come home. Please ask Jesus to give him a job where he can be home more often if not daily, and where we can make enough money to pay our bills.

    Thank you for helping us, Saint Joseph.

  25. Dearest St. Joseph, I’m asking for prayers to help me find a ranch home with an attached garage preferably on a corner lot in the area I desire, if not that area, an area near my aunt in the city. If I do find a
    home, I’ll need to sell my townhouse. If it God’s will for me to stay where I am, please give me a sign. Amen.

  26. Dear Saint Joseph, I asked for your powerful intercession of the selling of my home without any large obstacles and the buying of the perfect home for my husband and I so we can finally have the peace that we have been praying for. Praying that the feeling of insecurity will leave us and will be replaced with hope, love and joy. I will have a place for you to be honored in my home.

  27. St. Joseph I kneel before you to Thank You for interceding on my daughter and son-in-laws behalf in purchasing their home. There’s no much stress when selling or buying a home. I thank you from my heart and I will be forever grateful….In Jesus name…..Amen

  28. St. Joseph, please intercede for for my sister to find a less stressful job with good pay in the same place she works now. I ask this in Jesus’ most Holy name. Amen! Patricia S.

  29. Dear Mary and St Joseph, and all of the Angels and Saints please come to my aid. For many years after graduating with a Masters and teacher certification I have been applying but have had no success obtaining a teaching position. I have had interviews, yet, nothing. I have had good sound employment working in municipal government and I am truly grateful. However, this past week I found on the town website that I work for two open positions in the area I am certified. So my passion for teaching prevailed and I saught up to date letters of recommendation, revamped essay requirements. I humbly ask all who read this to pray for me. I love teaching and working with young people educating them to be courageous, knowledgeable, and just being part of what makes compassionate loving people. I am praying the St Joseph Novena to be a selected candidate for an interview, and to give me the zeal of letting my light shine allowing me to obtain this position. Pray for me in Jesus name. Thank you. Karen

  30. St. Joseph, first I thank you for interceding for my prayers to find a very good job and for the protection of my family I left in Philippines. Now i beg for your intercession for my sons and daughter jobs. Especially to Ritz Leo that he may have more strength with humbleness and humlity to deal gis job and colleagues. St. Joseph please for us. Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour please hear our prayers. Amen. Thank you very much dear God.

  31. Thank you St Joseph for your guidance since I began my Novena. Requesting intercession with my husband’s job transfer. May it be soon and in a place that blesses our entire family and marriage.

  32. Praying that God will open doors for a new (job) opportunity and also closing doors that need to be closed freeing myself from further anxiety, self torment and frustration. Amen!

  33. I’m writing to say, thank God for Jesus. I feel the need to say how grateful I am just to wake up. We are in bad times. I beg you Lord to guide me in my life, I want to serve you, I pray that more soul will reach out to you for your mercy. God Bless….

  34. My husband got a job exactly one month after praying St Joseph’s novena.It was like an absolute miracle as they already hired someone else for the job and this job offer came like a surprise. My husband was looking for a job for so long and was feeling very down.We strongly believe that this happened only because of St Joseph’s intercession.

  35. Dear St Ann, St Monica, St Anthony, St Joseph. St Anthony and Blessed Mother. Please keep my daughter Vicki close, help guide her on her career decisions and find a job soon. Help her to meet a good Christian man. Help Dot & Nick with their next CG location- may it be on the East Coast. Help keep Alie and Alex safe and well as they start their military career

  36. A down payment for the house we have found. My fiance and I have a not for profit kids theater group and I am mentally disabled (anxiety ocd) so we do not make any money. Wonderfully the bank accepted us for a loan but because it is a tiny off grid house we must have 20 percent down and can’t seem to find any options for it. Praying we get the house. Thank you
    Edit, the bank has informed me the loan did not go all the way through.

  37. A down payment for the house we have found. My fiance and I have a not for profit kids theater group and I am mentally disabled (anxiety ocd) so we do not make any money. Wonderfully the bank accepted us for a loan but because it is a tiny off grid house we must have 20 percent down and can’t seem to find any options for it. Praying we get the house. Thank you

  38. I prayed the novenas,I got into university,my life has changed in a good way over the years,I still watch in amazement if its me living this way,God has done a lot for me,i am now praying for a husband,a white man preferrebly,a man who does not lie or cheat and is responsible,loving and caring,i also pray for a change of heart,that i will be loving and be able to have feelings and peace in life and to stop hurting people and those around me,and also to have purpose in life and a sense of direction

  39. St Joseph I pray for my husband to be selected for his new job in a location that will bless our marriage, and children and grandchildren. I pray for a home that will be safe haven for all of us, especially the grandchildren who are most in need of our presence. Six days in to my Novena I have already noticed blessings of protection. I trust in God’s Hand in our marriage.

  40. For the conversion of my family. My husband is starting a new job and we pray all goes well for him. Also for my sons that they may do well in their studies. For all looking for work, struggling in their jobs, or afraid of losing their jobs.

  41. Please, St. Joseph, please intercede that Jack be considered for this job. Please, at least an interview! Please, St. Joseph, he is a good man and deserves a break. What man would care so for an elderly mother-in-law! Please, St. Joseph, his getting this job would help our family in so many ways. Please help those hiring look past his age and see his valuable experience. I believe you are hearing my prayers and they will be answered in God’s time. Please, let this be the answer!!! Thanking you with love and confidence in your powerful intercession…

  42. Praying for myself that Saint Joseph will guide my searches and interactions that will result in finding a high paying job. You have never let me down. I have ultimate faith in you.

  43. Praying for a new job for my daughter….which will come secondary to her family and less stress…that she can be a mother first and then a nurse.
    That this job will provide the income needed to cover the family expenses.

    Thank you St Joseph for listening to my prayers

  44. I prayed the St. Joseph novena for a priest who was dying of cancer to have a happy death. He died on St. Joseph’s feast day, and I am confident he experienced a happy death.

  45. St. Joseph Please pray for me as a single mom with 2 children. Take them under your care and protection and keep me safe to take care of the 2 children entrusted to me. Please pray to the infant Jesus that I find someone who will not be harmful to me or my children and find a proper safe home for them.

  46. Please pray for me to be healed .I am in severe pain can’t sit in chair for more than 10 minutes or lay flat. I lay on my stomach and walk all day after accident. I am facing spinal fusion surgery on may 11th if I don’t heal so please pray for me I’m in a great deal of pain.

  47. Please pray for my family to be united in holiness, happiness, and peace. Pray for my son to return to the Catholic faith, to be blessed with a happy, Holy marriage. Pray for him to be happy and successful in his new job, and happy and safe in his new apartment. Pray for a favorable resolution to his legal issues so he may move forward with his life.

  48. I need prayers, for Jessica, she’s finally got an interview with the courthouse, and Junior finally has potential to be Hired for a good police department. All in Chester County.please pray for them that their dreams for employment is afforded to them. Amen

  49. Dear St. Joseph, please pray for me to find a husband. I’m in my 40s and feel so incredibly lonely and alone, and this feeling won’t go away. Thank you and I love you St. Joseph!

  50. Dear St. Joseph:

    I trust that you are a loving father and hear my prayers — please help me help my family with our financial debt and burden of caring for Luke, who is severely autistic, and Jimmy, who is struggling with anxiety and attention deficit disorder. Please guide me and my husband and my children as you guided the Holy Family through stressful times and danger. Help me know what to do make a difference and be a positive force, and please help Luke be cared for throughout his life. I am weak and need a father. Please help.

  51. St. Joseph please pray for me for finding a new job. I’ve lost my job this month, I hope I’m happy and fulfilling my life. Give me enough the knowledge and wisdom to to take a job. Amen

    • Hey bgp I’m be praying for you. Don’t lose hope as god says anything is possible though Christ. I know what it is like to look for work and be discouraged. I’m keep you in my prayers.

  52. St Josrph I ask for your prayers for the special intentions of our family. For work, for trust and faith in God’s plan for each of us and for our love for each other. For my aged parents that they may have true joy in these later years of their life. They have been a true blessing to so many in their lives.

  53. My dearest brother, Larry. A beautiful brother. Married with children. He’s has addictions & mental/physical abuse history since he was very young and still ongoing. He has absolutely zero self-esteem! He’s suicidal. My humbly devote catholic mother sacrifices and prays every second of the day. I pray too. My siblings as well too. We struggle from a dark past. It’s literally heart breaking to “physically see” my brother!!! Please, in the Name of Jesus Christ, cast out all demons from my brother!!! My request is no different than anyone else’s. There’s others worse off on life. Pray for my brother. Thank you

  54. St Joseph,please hear my prayers,please will you intercede for us.Please let my husband’s hospital tests be clear,please will you heal me without the need for surgery.Please watch over the boys,keep them safe,healthy,happy.Thankyou.xx

  55. St.Joseph pleassse pray for me as a single mom, financially for the sake of my kids.
    2. That I will know what to do with my apt. Sell or move.
    3. A husband who will be as good as you in accepting a woman with children, but be a good kind father as you were to the Blessed Virgin.

  56. Saint Joseph,

    Please help me get a job that will make me happy. I just want to be happy with my Family.

    Thank you Jesus

  57. St Joseph please bless my family financially soon . please as we need your help we are very stressed out 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  58. St. Joseph,
    I continue asking for the intercession so that my son can be offered a Job. Hear my cry. I trust in you.

  59. St. Joseph I ask for help in healing of my dad’s ankle and foot. Let the Dr. find the problem and finally get his help. AMEN

  60. I am presently working for Arabian Tents in UAE.I joined the company Nov.2017.I had two months visa left for me to leave UAE so I won’t have problems with the Government.This company told me they will get me employment Visa cum residence.when my Visa was two weeks left I met the GM,the HR and the Operation Mgr.They all told me to go about my work as they have applied for the Visa.Surprise,do u know that I have stayed additional three months now without visa and they are still promising me not to worry.PLEASE Help pray for God’s intervention because I don’t have the money to pay for overstay and even my flight ticket is waisted.Pray for me brothers and Sisters of the faith.Bless all of you.Amen

  61. Please St. Joseph, help me get this job i have so long wished for; I feel the urgency to leave my current job due to recent events and slowly losing my family due to the hours I put in, however we cannot afford for me not to work. Dearest Saint Joseph, I have faith that You will intervene on my behalf and pray for my situation.

    Thank You. Faithfully and Humbled

  62. Please help me to pray for a house if it is God’s will. With enough space to house my mum if she wants it and a garden and safe neighbourhood and nice neigbours. We have so little space here for our children although I am grateful we have somewhere to live.
    Also that God will look after my mum, keep her safe and help the alzheimers not to progress. I believe in miracles. God bless you all and thanking God in advance. Please St Joseph interceed with us

  63. Please, St. Joseph, please guide him to do the right thing if he receives the job offer, whether he thinks he likes the job or not! I am losing all respect and cannot even like him right now. Really missing my own father right now to talk to, he never made me feel this bad about myself. Please give him a hug for me. Thank you with love, Lessie

  64. Thank you st. Joseph for being my spiritual Guardian I ask for your help to quit smoking cigarettes. In the name of the father Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Thank you for the sprayer and for accepting me.

  65. I pray for a happy death for all in my family and also myself and for all my friends. To die happy helps the ones that are left behind to be in peace and to except your death.

  66. Thank you St. Joseph and all those who prayed the novena. My son John just was hired at a new job a few minutes ago. It is a blessing!

  67. Please, St. Joseph, please let Jack hear soon from the interview the other day. Please let them give him the courtesy of letting him know either way. He desperately needs to find a job soon and I had such great hope that this would be it since the timing coincided with the end of your Novena and Feast Day and I trust in your intercession. Thank you, St. Joseph, with love and confidence that you are hearing my prayers.