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-

    Please assist my dear friend’s daughter, Lyndsey, who is in ICU right now. I pray for her healing and recovery and strength for her family. Pray for us, dear St. Joseph!


  2. Dear St. Joseph, my beloved daughter Lisa died on February 11, 2018 in my arms and her dear sister. I was praying to Jesus, Mary and Joseph at that time for her soul to be with you upon her death. Please let her soul be with you for eternity. Love her as I did and always will.

  3. I would like to pass on to people who are in what they feel are in hopeless situations. I lost my job at Christmas time. Since then I have been praying the holy rosary everyday since. I read in texts that the Virgin Mary promised that those who faithfully say the Holy Rosary everyday from the heart, that they will be granted their necessities. I had the faith that what I was reading was true.
    I also found this Novena to St. Joseph, husband of Mary. I prayed one set of 9 day novenas, then a second set. On the third set on the eight day……well I secured a job, starting in March!!
    I am a firm believer in the power of prayer, but I feel it has to come from the heart and not just robotically spewing out words.
    I thank St. Joseph, and the Holy virgin Mother Mary! Praise be to God!

  4. Dear Joseph, I come to you today with prayers for Agnel and Clara. They had been married for around 3 years and then the marriage fell apart a couple of years back. Now they are in the process of separating permanently. Please St. Joseph intercede for them both and help them take the correct decision and work together to do God’s will.

  5. Heavenly Father, St Monica, St Anne, St Joseph, St Anthony, and Blessed Mother thank you for my many blessings. Please guide Vicki on her career path and may her bosses see how hard she is working and may she grow closer to God. Help Nick to start school soon and for his marriage to Dot take place 9/1. Help Alie and Alex on their career paths and keep them safe during their military obligations. Of this I ask through Christ my Lord. Amen

  6. I have done the novena to St Joseph, asking for the love of my life to be more close to me and bless our relationship, I am really happy to say my testimony that things have started working more than I expected and everything i have wished for is actually coming true. I cannot thank enough for all this but I must say St Joseph worked on behalf of me for my relationship and gave me a new life where I am perfectly happy, Glory be to Jehovah, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Amen

  7. Please st Joseph ask God to shine his love on me so I will be able to lie my life in his graces I by this in his name amen

  8. I’ve just learned that St. Joseph is Patron Saint of not only Canada but China, Korea and Viet Nam. Wow!!!
    My petitions to St. Joseph are for healing in my body, for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Family, for Canada, China , Korea and Vietnam. Please Pray that the pre-born child in their mother’s womb will be protected from abortion in these countries and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will lead the way on a return to sanity. I offer the sufferings of the Pro-Life Movement to
    St. Joseph through the Hands of The Immaculata. St. Joseph, my hero.

  9. St. Joseph,
    Please whisper into God’s ear my sincere petition. I come to you St. Joseph as a child overwhelmed with aniexty, stress, jobless, and married to a cheating husband of 21 years together. I am unhappy, I want this job that I am praying for in order to move forward in my life. I want this to be a new beginning for me and my children in order to support them on my own. I want a faithful Christian man that loves you and me with the upmost respect for me and my children. I urgently pray the novena in a weak time in my life, that I receive God’s merciful grace to be blessed with freedom of a new life and new job! St Joseph father grant me my petition, for I know that God is my true love but my life has been miserable and you know my walking testimony. I carry my cross with dignity and speak you name to be know my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. St Joseph hear my prayers, help me Amen

  10. Dear Saint Joseph,

    I am praying for me to get a new job to provide for my family. Please guide me and give me strength.


  11. I would like to please ask for prayers for my husband; he is only 25 and has just discovered he has lyme disease – and probably has had this for quite some time undetected. We are not yet totally sure how far his disease has progressed. I am praying for his complete and swift recovery, and especially that he may not suffer any more of the awful side effects/tissue damage from lyme disease than he already has. Thank you!

  12. Please continue to protect me from Evil that is all around me & move me if my soul is in danger where I am living . If it is your will please place me closer to my immediate family especially one of my sons,or my Godmother. I would like to help her now that she is 101 living in an assisted living residence.

  13. St. Joseph I come to you asking you to send me a good Christian or Catholic man to date and marry. Someone who puts the God and me above everything else. I am tired of broken relationships with men who do not put God first. I am ready to meet my future spouse, I am striving to become a better person everyday. Thank you Saint Joseph. In the name of Jesus Amen.

  14. I have returned to the church after years of drifting away. While it has provided much inner peace that I have been missing and enabled me to focus my attention on family, I am asking for your intervention in my employment search. Please help me find a position in my career field soon. We have nearly depleted our savings and will soon be at risk of losing our home. St. Joseph, I am still struggling with my faith and need to hold onto the faith that I have regained. At this point I feel that only a miracle will help

  15. I’m lonely. Please ask your son to send me a good man to love me. Please ask the Lordto provide the finances so I can purchase my home. Thank you in the name of Jesus. Amen

  16. I’m grateful to St.Jude for answering my prayers & bringing me peace .. I’m striving to be a better person day by day & help the others in need .. Here’s my novena I prayed to St.Jude.
    O Holy St. Jude!
    Apostle and Martyr,
    great in virtue and rich in miracles,
    near kinsman of Jesus Christ,
    faithful intercessor for all who invoke you,
    special patronage in time of need;
    to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart,
    and humbly beg you,
    to whom God has given such great power,
    to come to my assistance;
    help me in my present urgent petition ( mention your urgent need )
    In return I promise to make your name known & cause you to be invoked .
    (Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Mary, & 3 Glory Be)
    St. Jude, pray for us and all who honor thee and invoke thy aid.
    Amen .

    Love & Blessings to All ..

    • Thank you for the novena prayer that you added. I will add that to my prayers. I am glad you are at peace.
      And to you and all our brothers and sisters, God bless

  17. ACG says
    January 30, 2018 7:40 pm
    St. Joseph I come to you asking for help to sell my condo. It has become a financial burden on my family and a physical burden on my husband as he is getting older and cannot travel four hours for each trip. Please do pray for me and help me out this time.

  18. St. Joseph please pray for my boyfriend Frank to find meaningful work that will make him happy. He lost his job and has put out 9 applications without even a call back. He is losing his confidence and starting to lose hope. Thank you Saint Joseph. Amen. May god also bless all those who are desperate for work.

  19. Thank you for this novena i prayed it at the beggining of the year and 1 day after finishing i was offered a job even without going through an interview…. Thank you God

  20. St Joseph
    I come to you asking for my husband to get the right treatment for his PTSD. Please bring him back to his family who loves him dearly. Please bring happiness, joy and trust back into his life and our families life. Take away his fears and any evil that is interfering with his life. Please guide him back to us, we love, miss and need him. He had always been so loyal and loving to us. Please let us be a part of his recovery. Please bring back the excitement we once had for each other when we would walk through our door. Please bring back all the love hugs and kisses that we took for granted and desperately want back. Take away any of his guilt, anger, anxiety, depression, and negative thoughts that are consuming his mind and life right now. Take away his fears and nightmares. Bring back his self confidence. Allow him to be a good loving father to our children and an amazing loving husband to me again. Please have him feel that there is a purpose in this life. Help him spiritually and emotionally. This prayer is to my husband whom our children and I will love forever and always as promised til death do us part.

  21. St. Joseph I come to you again asking for help with my salary increase and financial blessings to clear our loan and debts and to complete our house that we are building. Please do pray for me. My prayers to you before have never gone unanswered . Please help me out this time too. Thank you.

    • St. Joseph, Many thanks for coming to my assistance once more. My prayer was answered and I got the salary raise I was looking for.

  22. Please St Joseph through your powerful intercession, I’m praying for all jobless people I included.

    Later on will go to the vincentian prayer house and give a testimony..

  23. Dear St Joseph, loving father of Jesus, please pray for us that we sell our home quickly so that we may settle in close to our children and grandchildren. Amen.

  24. St Joseph, please pray for me to get this job I have done an interview for. Being short listed was the best thing that ever happened to me.

  25. St. Joseph, please intercede and help me find a husband. A man of faith who will be a good husband, father, and provider.

    Thank you.

  26. Dear st joseph,
    Please heal me tomorrow I will be going for a Biotherapy treatment for my slip disc. I have already gone for so many physio but not helping me much. Please st Joseph heal me that i may receive healing on this treatment from head cramps. Amen.

  27. Please pray for me and hear my prayers for gainful employment as soon as possible. I just lost my job and have to provide for my family through a difficult time in our family life.
    I have heard so many good things about the Novena Prayers, and I have been saying them faithfully everyday now for a few weeks. Here’s to hoping for a positive answer for my family from our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    Please help me!

  28. Pray for my friends husband who is looking for more stability in work and finances. Help me find better financial ways in order to not work so much to allow me to be home with my children.

  29. Saint Joseph, I pray for Your intercession for my husband to find a job with less harassment that will give him peace. I pray if it is in accordance with God’s will that he will be able to post for a new job and that he will be accepted into that position.

  30. Dear Saint Joseph
    Pray for our son that he will find suitable employment. Pray that he will humble himself to our Lord Jesus Christ and to know that our God is working out things for him at this present time. Pray for his family that they will have faith in knowing that all will be well! Amen

  31. Dear St. Joseph, please help my 2 boys find suitable work and give us peace of mind and harmony in our home. Thank you, St. Joseph.

  32. Said this novena, along with a 54 day rosary novena. On last day of both – I got a job after years of searching for another position. Praise be to God!

  33. Please St. Joseph help us to pray to Our Lord Jesus, your son, to grant us the approval of 601 and our family be together in US before the end of 2018. We are claiming your blessings and in Jesus name, we pray Amen Amen Amen.

  34. I’m just a Catholic man looking for more stable employment and who would like to find more Godly people in the work place. My current job is full of corruption and non steady work. I also have a family to provide for. If someone could pray I would be happy.

  35. Joey get with an FD and keeps sober. For Joe and Breyann, Tom and Liz. For my job and company and continue as an example of father and husband to my sons. For Jae and my sobriety daily For Tracy.

  36. Dear St Joseph, please pray for the healing of all marriages and families, especially all the unborn, Pat & Patty, Justin & Ester, Justin & Tosha, Dan & Jessica, Denise & Tiara, Dan & Carrie, Don & Sue, Tim, Bliss, Blaise, Danielle, Rosemarie, Cannon.

  37. Oh holy St.Joseph, please intercede to the father and your precious son Lord Jesus Christ for a good job for my fiance. He has a good job now as a HR recruiter but his manager and other team mates are giving him a hard time resulting in low self-esteem and low confidence. He is looking out for another job at the moment because we are set to be married in 3 months and his job is very necessary for us to be able to live a stable life. Please pray for him to either get a new job or for things to settle down in his present job so he can work in peace. Thank you Jesus. Praise you Jesus.

  38. St Joseph pray for me to get a better employment that i will be able to support my children and help the needy in the society and take care of my aging parents.

  39. To All In Prayer

    Thank you.
    Can you pray for the prosperity in work that I am seeking and for an increase in finance that I pray for, as the work that I am currently doing will manifest in more work to come. Thank you and God bless.