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,
    My son will be graduating from college in nine days so I begin this novena to you. My prayer is that he finds work that helps him to do God’s will. My prayer is that someone will come into his life to help him see the Truth. Please bring him back to the church and the sacraments. Please, St. Joseph, handpick his wife. Keep him from temptation. Thank you so much! I will pray for those whose petitions I have just read. St. Joseph pray for us!

    • Our Lord, loving Father, Redeemer, and friend, we raise up Sylvan to you. We acknowledge your blessings in his life. Thank you for the family you raised up and gave him, his mind and strength. Thank you that he has heard and received your truth and it already sits in his heart. We seek you, we ask you to relentlessly pursue him as you do us all. Remove the scales from his eyes, the veil! Bring to him life experiences that will draw him to you, into your presence. Use the painful, and the wonderful for you glory. That he acknowledges you, and believes that only you are his God. Please help him see his sin, help him see how much he needs you and you salvation. Open his eyes to the folly of what the world offers. Tonight as I ponder you, why Lord, why do you love us so much, our precious King of Glory? Thank you… You are eternal and your timing is masterful, nothing we can comprehend. You promise to answer the prayers of the faithful. We trust that you are totally sovereign and in control. Jesus, please hear our prayers, we seek you and ask for your gifts of wisdom, humility, and faith be given to Sylvan so he may be your servant and bring you glory and into the generations of his family. Hosanna!

    Lord Jesus I need divine healing. I believe that Jesus can heal me.

    I reside in Nigeria. I have been married for 3 years but have not been able to pregnant my wife.
    According to the medical report, my wife is okay, the issue is with me. My VAS deference (both sides) is damaged by a surgical operation (hyena) I did as an infant. The fact is although there are healthy semen to pregnant my wife in me, the tubes (vas deference) that transport them are blocked (damaged). This is male infertility.
    I have tried IVF yet no success. I have fasted, done charity, sown seed and prayed. I am harassed, sad, exhausted and sorrowful.

  3. My dearest st Joseph,l pray for my children Tracy &Nathan bless them with love,humbleness& peace protect them from al the power of darkness.And my special pray is that God is going to bless me with my future husband,please help me find the right husband, A good man who is going to love me and my children,provide a good home for us.please St Joseph fulfill my strong desire to be married.please help me with my financial blessing, Open the right doors for me.God my prayer answered.Amen.

  4. I am beginning the St. Joseph novena again as I face the anxiety and uncertainty of my husband’s potential loss of employment. We have endured several periods of unemployment throughout our marriage, and I pray for God’s grace to help us face whatever may come.

  5. St Joseph I pray to you today that you intercede in helping me find a job. I have been unemployed for close to 3 months now and I humbly seek your assistance in finding a job. Please hear and answer my prayer. Amen

  6. I started this novena so that my husband may find sufficient employment to provide financial security for our family. I have finished it and now I’m repeating it in thanksgiving for the blessing I know is on the way. Please keep us & our family in your prayers.

  7. My glorious foster father St . Joseph, you hear the prayers of those who love you, your spouse our Holy Mother Mary and your our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I pray for my husband, that he may return to God and place him first above all else. I pray that he may find a job which will put him in a good financial position again, as he has had to take a big pay cut in the job that he is currently in and there does not seem to be any growth prospects where he is. He had to resign from a better paying job due the dangers that were placed on his life. Please return him to the financial position in which he will be able to get us, his family a house we can call our own and raise our children in.
    Glorious St Joseph pray for us.

  8. I ask the father son and Holy Spirit for peace love and faithfulness, my family’s love, financial blessings, our health, and guiding me in teaching the word to my children.. Thank you for my blessings

  9. Praise be to our Almighty God, Jesus his Son and Holy spirit.
    Thank you Lord for listening to our prayers and we Thank you dear St.Joseph for listening to our prayers, for interceding for us and obtaining for us the opportunity of job interview which we are seeking very eagerly. Thank you Foster Father.
    We love u Lord Jesus, we Bless your Mighty name and Thank you St.Joseph for interceding for us

  10. Thank you God for answering my prayers through the intersession of st Joseph. I applied for a job which shortlisted a lot of people with only two jobs. I finished the novena a day after the interview. I was informed today that I was successful and that I got the job. Thank you God for your faithfulness. Glory be to the father son and the holy spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end Amen.

  11. I want to share the miracle that St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother performed for us. Before the novena to St. Joseph began I was in prayer and I visualized a woman all in white. I knew her to be the Blessed Mother. For health reason we have to move from our house. We have been looking at house after house. We went to see some houses at a new subdivision. As we were driving out we saw a church very close by and I asked my husband to stop so I could go in and light a candle and say a prayer. He dropped me off and I proceeded to walk up. To my right I saw a stature of Mother Mary. She was in all white – The Immaculate Conception! She and Saint Joseph have been with us constantly during this search. I pray and call on them every night. I started the novena and I asked St. Joseph to please help us secure the house that we need, the one that we could afford and one that would make us happy and to please help us secure it quickly before my health gets worse. On March 19th, St. Joseph’s feast day I had a dream. He told me “It’s yours.” I was so happy when I woke up. I continued to pray daily. We had a chance encounter with two women and we started to chat. They wanted to sell their house because they were moving back to Michigan. I asked them where was it located and we followed them to their house where we had a nice discussion but did not go inside. They promised that they would call our realtor when it was ready. The great thing is that they never put it on the market so we weren’t competing with other buyers. We saw it on Saturday 3.22. We liked it and made an offer on Monday. Yesterday we went to Denver because my husband was in pain (he broke his wrist and badly tore a ligament). While at the doctor’s office our realtor called and said that our offer was accepted. We had to sign off on all the pages using my iphone (not terribly easy, but we did it). At 5 he called to let us know that the owners had agreed with the contract we had signed on the iphone!!!! We saved about 25K, maybe more because the seller’s market is really hot in our area. Some homes have 25 viewings in one day and the buyers offer more than asking price. So we are very fortunate.
    I have dedicated prayers to the Blessed Mother every night for my niece who is trying to get pregnant. I tell her please believe in miracles. The very fact that I am still alive is a testament to my mother’s prayers. I want to end by saying that every time I pray to St. Joseph he hears me and helps me in so many ways. My mother taught me to pray to him when I was young. I feel like he is one of my dearest friends.

  12. St. Joseph,
    I ask you to provide peace in my home, relationship & future of my family. In my home, please allow my mother and I to learn to speak to each other with respect & consideration for each others feelings. In my relationship, please instill trust, respect, acknowledgement, empathy, appreciation, & happiness and allow us both to look at one another with an open heart, open eyes, and open mind at all times. Even times are tough. Give us the strength to face our daily challenges together as one. Reassure each of us that we can get through anything as long as we work together & never give up. Open our eyes so that we may see all of the positivity that surrounds us through our daily blessings & help us to overlook the pity problems that we might get stuck on. Give us the strength & drive to want to carry the weight of one another’s hardships for this is the definition of true love. Provide peace for us now and in dealing with any future endeavors we may encounter. Please hear my cry for help & provide me with the clearest answers possible. In His name I pray…Amen

  13. Dear St Joseph
    Thanking you in steadfast faith for your continuos intercession in my life, my work and my home. I think I don’t always get it right but know I cannot do anything without God’s help and His never-failing love. I pray particularly for my mum for her health to be restored and her faith to remain strong. Also for the anguish we feel at my junior one’s university application. We felt he would have been accepted on merit because of his grades as a straight A-student with a good extra curricular background but have now got only rejection emails and letters. I have complete faith that God in His infinite mercy from His mercy seat from which He refuses nothing has taken control of this situation and that we will be rewarded with an excellent offer to an outstanding institution of higher learning for his preferred course in which he will excel by God’s special grace. I pray that my junior ones should know God completely and trust in Him unreservedly.
    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
    Mary, Mother of God . Pray for us.
    StJoseph, Pray for us.

  14. St. Joseph,
    Please heal me today and remove the n279k mutation from exon 10 chromosome 17 in my body and I beg of you that my children do not have this mutation.
    Please please please answer my prayer today.

  15. St. Joseph pray for us, Pray for the homeless the unemployed, the starving, the dying, the poor, the rich and for those who need God in there hearts…….. please help us find a job in desperate need …… Amen

  16. St.Joseph I pray to you that you help me and my partner to find a job to provide for my daughter and our home Amen …… Thank you

  17. St Joseph please hear my prayer that my husband gets the job he really wants and does well on the service interview. I believe you hear my pray and help me at my time of need, and pray for others in need to. Please pray for me and my husband.


  18. St. Joseph please continue to watch over our family during this time of transition. Please bring us a buyer for our home. St. Joseph please take my prayers to God. Amen.

  19. Dear St Joseph,

    Please hear my prayer. I have applied for job in London & Canada. Please recruiters see my CV and 1 of them get hired me with nice and permanant job.

    St Joseph please hear my prayer.
    Thank You

  20. St. Joseph I pray to you for all families that they have strong male leaders like you to guide and protect their families. I pray for unity of families especially those that can not be together due to circumstances outside of their control. I pray for my husband to protect and guide our family and find time to spend with his children.
    I pray that we do not get audited this year or for last year.
    for this i pray to you St. Joseph.

  21. Dear St Joseph
    “Your obedience to God’s call is admirable and I trust to follow your example not to be in my will but God’s. I implore you for guidance. Financial crises must have also been burdensome for you and I pray for relief in that area of my life, to be able to manage better, make better decisions in our lives; to look towards a better future. I pray to stay positive and to see my cup as half- full rather than half-empty. Thank you.”

  22. My St.Joseph Testimony:

    I just want to share my testimony that has still left me in awe and yet disbelief. How I stumbled upon this website was by God’s grace that I joined.

    I have prayed this novena with so much faith adding all the prayer requests as sent in my inbox. I was overjoyed when I learnt that we would have mass at our local church given that today was a week day. i was delighted and asked God to make me able to attend. He did and I was just happy that he did. For some reason, i felt happy and fullfilled thinking about the next novena we wd start.

    Little did I know that St.Joseph had big things waiting for me. I returned to my place and was checking mail and I saw an email from a highly conveted organisation which had previously on 6th March sent me a rejection letter regarding my fellowship request…and TODAY…THE EMAIL READ……”a position has opened up for u…”Totally unbelievable…and only St.Joseph, mother Mary can understand….that I have been chosen to represent my country out of the so many applications. Glory to God. Thank You for the prayers.

  23. I pray for a full time job as a special education teacher in the TCDSB or whichever board is God’s will and for my friends and family looking for gainful employment to provide for their families and improve their lives.

    Thank you St. Joseph!

  24. Dear Saint Joseph, you were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon me in my anxiety over my present inability to support my family. Please help me to find gainful employment very soon, so that this heavy burden of concern will be lifted from my heart and that I am soon able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to my care. Help us to guard against bitterness and discouragement, so that we may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessings from God. I pray to be a good husband and father. Amen

  25. Thank you for all the praying. My husband got a job offer. I am still Praying that he gets the offer from WTL company for the job they are offering to him but need to find a new shop before they hire him, so I pray to St Joseph that they find there new shop soon.Praying that my children and grandchild find the happiness they are looking for and my husbands true happiness in life, and the financial stress we are going through right now. I always felt something was missing out of my life and I feel I have found it. Pray Thank You St Joseph


  26. Dearest St. Joseph please continue to intercede for me at the throne of God & ask that I be released from my anxieties. Please also ask that I have confidence in my God given abilities, that I may impart wisdom on my students and those I encounter, clearly and effectively. Thank you St. Joseph. Amen