Go to Joseph. (Gen. 41:55)
In the days preceding the feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, March 10-18, we pray the following novena as a community.
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 Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Pray for us. (repeat after each line)
Illustrious Son of David,
Light of patriarchs,
Husband of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Diligent protector 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 workers,
Glory of family life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the afflicted,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of the Holy Church,
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
He made him master of his house. And ruler of all he possessed.
Let us pray, O God, in your providence, which surpasses all words, you saw fit to choose the blessed Joseph to be the husband of your most holy Mother. Grant, we beseech you, that we may deserve to have him as intercessor in heaven, whom, on earth, we venerate as our protector. For you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Memorare of St. Joseph
Remember, O most amiable and powerful protector, St. Joseph, that according to the testimony of your devoted servant, St. Teresa, no one ever implored your intercession with devotion and confidence without obtaining relief. Animated by this sweet and consoling hope, I come to you, O worthy spouse of the Virgin of virgins, and at your feet I seek for refuge and protection. O you, who have borne the glorious title of Father of Jesus, reject not my humble prayer, but hear it favorably and present it to Him who disdained not to be called your Son and who will not refuse your petition. Amen.
Dear Guardian of Mary! Dear nurse of her child!
Life’s ways are full weary, the desert is wild.
Bleak sands all around us, no home can we see;
Sweet spouse of our Lady, we lean safe on thee.
For thou to the pilgrim art father and guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe at thy side.
O glorious Patron, secure shall I be,
Sweet spouse of Our Lady, if thou stay with me.