To Saint Joseph for a Peaceful Death

“Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard Saint Joseph as the advocate of the dying who had honored him during their life, and they do so for three reasons:

First, because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that of any other Saint.

Second, because St. Joseph has obtained special power against the evil spirits, who tempt us with redoubled vigor at the hour of death.

Third, the assistance given St. Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his servants. Hence, if they invoke him at the hour of death he will not only help them, but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary.”   Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

Prayer to Saint Joseph for a Peaceful Death

Saint Joseph, protector of the dying, we implore you for all the dying, and beg your assistance in the hour of our own death. You merited a happy passing by a holy life, and in your last hours you had the beautiful consolation of being assisted by Jesus and Mary. Deliver us from sudden death; obtain for us the grace to imitate you in life, to detach our heart from everything worldly and daily to gather treasures for the moment of our death. Obtain for us the grace to receive the sacraments of the sick well, and with Mary, inspire us with sentiments of faith, hope, love and sorrow for sin, so that we may breathe forth our soul in peace. Amen.

Saint Joseph a Powerful Prayer

 

O glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you do we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and special favors we now implore _____________.

O glorious Saint Joseph, through the love you do bear for Jesus and for the glory of his name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.

Let Us Pray

We beseech you, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of Saint Joseph, the spouse of your most holy mother, so that what we cannot obtain of ourselves may be given to us through his intercession. Amen

Go to Joseph!

 

Thousands of years before Saint Joseph was born, the Book of Genesis recounts the story of the youngest son of Jacob  – also named Joseph – who was sold into slavery to Egypt by his jealous brothers. After he interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh, he was released from slavery and prison and put in charge of preparations for the seven-year famine the dreams had predicted. When hunger did indeed fill the world, Egypt alone had food because of Joseph’s hard work and preparation. People who came to Egypt for supplies were told by Pharaoh, “Go to Joseph!” Genesis 41:55.

The Old Testament Joseph prefigures the earthly foster father of Jesus. For every need of the Holy Family, Saint Joseph was provider and protector.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, we venerate you as the model of laborers, the friend of the poor, the consoler of the afflicted and those forced to leave their own land, the saint that seeks to the provide for the needs and necessities of families. On earth you represented the universal goodness of the heavenly Father. Help us in our needs and beseech Jesus and Mary for the health, well being and growth in faith needed to be united to Jesus, Our Lord.

Assist us in all our labors; in our intellectual, moral and material work. For all nations obtain legislation inspired by the Gospel, the spirit of Christian charity, a way of governing in accord with justice and peace. Amen.

St Joseph and Vocal Prayer

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Vocal prayer was an important part of the lives of the people of God at the time of Jesus’ life on earth and still is today. We pray vocal prayers in our families when we say morning and evening prayers together and when we pray before and after meals.

In the scriptures  we read the the psalms. These psalms formed the daily prayer of the Hebrews; they formed the social prayer with which God was honored in the great Temple of Jerusalem.

Mary and Joseph were faithful in going up to Jerusalem each year for the festival of the Passover;  one of the times they went up was for the presentation of Jesus in the temple. On another occasion we read that Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph were searching for him and found him in the temple. (We know that that journey was long, around 64 miles. The distance was far and traveling was rough.) How solemn and beautiful it was to see the people going up to Jerusalem, singing and chanting the verses of the psalms in alternating choirs as they approached the Holy City. Thus, as the people on one hill sang a verse, those on another would answer with the following verse, so that the whole valley of Cedron rang with the praises of God.

How the Holy Family must have prayed there in Jerusalem at the temple, in their own local synagogue and at home!

Here is a psalm of praise regarding Israel’s exodus and journey to the promised land. Can we too take on the fervor of the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph when we pray to God at Holy Mass, receive the sacraments, pray the Liturgy of the Hours and pray as a family at home or in our parishes. Here is a psalm of thanksgiving that the Holy Family must have prayed regarding the passage into the promised land. We can hear the reverence in this psalm.

Psalm 114

God’s Wonders at the Exodus

When Israel went out from Egypt,
    the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled;
    Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
    O Jordan, that you turn back?
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
    O hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
    the flint into a spring of water.

 

Vocal prayer is very pleasing to God. In the New Testament there are many beautiful examples of such prayers:  In the gospel of Luke, Mary’s Magnificat Luke 1:46-56; Zachariah’s Benedictus Luke 1: 68-79;  Simeon’s  “Now you may dismiss your servant, O Lord” Luke 2: 29-32, which are most reverent vocal prayers prayed by the people of God to this day.

Though there are no recorded words of St. Joseph in the bible, we know that he was appointed by God to be the guardian of the holy family and the head of the household. Jesus as God-Man learned his prayers and piety from Joseph and Mary.

St. Joseph, on earth you represented the universal goodness and concern of the heavenly Father. By divine will, your mission was associated to Mary’s. You were the guardian of the Holy Family, the carpenter of Nazareth and work-teacher to the Son of God, who became a humble laborer for us. Your faith made you adore in Jesus the Incarnate Son of God, while he obeyed you, served you and listened to you. You held pleasant conversations with him (which is what our prayer can be), shared work, great sufferings and most tender consolations. Obtain for us the grace to be pleasing to Jesus especially in our prayer life and to give greater attention to what we are praying and to be faithful in our prayer. Amen.

To St Joseph: A Father’s Prayer for His Children

Saint Joseph, you were the foster father of Jesus and taught the Son of God everything from virtues to woodworking to how to pray. You protected him from harm, found him when he was lost, and provided for him as he grew up. Teach me how to be a good father. Show me how to practice and teach my children the virtues of faith, hope and love, courage, obedience, and love for the poor. As they grow up and choose their direction in life, lead me in giving them good advice. Let my children see me praying, and give me the courage and confidence to pray with them. Protect my children from harm as you once protected Jesus from the threats of Herod. Help me keep a job so that I can provide for them and teach them the value of honest work and trust in providence. Saint Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for me. Amen.

St Joseph Intercede For Me

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St. Joseph close to Jesus’ heart ask Jesus for the graces that I need. All those graces which are necessary for my spiritual and material well-being and that of others. For myself I ask the following spiritual graces: the fundamental virtues of the Christian life, the virtues of faith, hope and charity; the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance; and all the other virtues which would lead me to holiness, to the glory of heaven.

For my needs and for those of my loved ones and all who have asked for my prayers, I ask for good health, the means for doing good and all that is necessary for daily living.     I ask your heavenly Father in your name, Jesus, and through the intercessory prayers of St. Joseph, to bless the innocence of children and of youth, to give strength to those who work and are retired, comfort for the aged awaiting heaven, hope for those who are near death, and relief for the souls in purgatory.  I believe what Jesus has told us, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and you will” (Mk. 11:24); “Ask, and it will be given you” (Mt. 7:7). Amen

 

St. Joseph’s Faith

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At times when you feel that you lack a certain faith remember this. Faith is the greatest good. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Ones faith can be strengthened through prayer and the reading the word of God.  “…whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

St. Joseph, I believe you had great faith. This was the foundation of your holiness. You served God faithfully. You meditated on sacred things, considering them as most necessary, useful, perfect and refreshing to the spirit. I believe that ones soul does not live on bread alone, but on the truth which comes from the mouth of God.

St. Joseph pray for me that I may hunger and thirst for divine wisdom, the true food for my soul. Amen

Noble St. Joseph

[There] “are the reasons why men of every rank and country should hasten to the trust and guard of the blessed Joseph. Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will earn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labour. As to workmen, artisans, and persons of lesser degree, their recourse to Joseph is a special right, and his example is for their particular imitation. For Joseph, of royal blood, united by marriage to the greatest and holiest of women, reputed the father of the Son of God, passed his life in labour, and won by the toil of the artisan the needful support of his family. It is, then, true that the condition of the lowly has nothing shameful in it, and the work of the labourer is not only not dishonouring, but can, if virtue be joined to it, be singularly ennobled.

From the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII Quamquam Pluribies  on Devotion to St. Joseph

Joseph the Fearless

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St. Joseph is an integral part of the story of Advent, but let’s not be too facile about his calling to be the foster-father of Jesus Christ. Joseph’s obedience to the Angel’s message, his embrace of the truth of it, and his prompt action were extremely courageous elements of his role in the events that changed the course of history. Joseph the Fearless I call him, a well-deserved title in the face of the obstacles that he had to overcome in order to be the Messiah’s Guardian. All men have to ask themselves if they would have been up to the job, as Joseph was.

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