Various Prayers

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Prayer for a Choice of State in Life

O great St. Joseph, who was docile to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, obtain for me the grace to know what state of life Divine Providence is calling me to.. Do not suffer me to be deceived with regard to so important a choice, upon which depends my happiness in this world, and even my eternal salvation. Obtain for me that, being enlightened to know the Divine Will and faithful in accomplishing it, I may embrace that state of life which God has destined for me, and which will lead me to a happy eternity. Amen.

A Prayer of Waiting

St. Joseph, I believe as you did in the coming of the Savior for the salvation of humankind.  Today as in the days of old God is still saving his people and reigning in our hearts if we let him. May my heart yearn for God’s coming believing that he still comes to save us and is with us.  I place my prayer of joyous expectation before you, St. Joseph, that you may intercede for me and that I may believe that the good work that the Lord has begun in me may continue and be completed until the day I meet Jesus face to face. Help me to discern what is of value in my life this day and that I may be pure and blameless when Christ Jesus comes. May I live to glorify and praise God. Amen

Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

“The Lord has done great things for us we are filled with joy.” Imagine St Joseph’s expectation of the coming of the Messiah.

Lord God, I praise, glorify and bless you for all the graces and privileges you have bestowed upon Joseph, your foster father and servant. By his merits grant that I may always be grateful for whatever you send me. Lord, may I share the joys of St. Joseph at the coming of Jesus this Christmas season and may I be patient and forbearing in times of trial knowing that Jesus is always with me and gives me the grace to live each day accompanied by him.

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. Amen

Prayer for a New Year Blessing

 Obtain for us, O dearly beloved Patron, St. Joseph, a blessing; blessings for our body and soul, for our resolutions, words and deeds; all our actions, our every step; blessings on all we possess, all our interior and exterior goods, that all may redound to the greater glory and honor of God. Ask God’s blessings for us for time and for eternity and that we may be preserved from every stain of sin.

Obtain for us the grace to atone for all our sins by love and contrition here on earth; so that, after our last breath here on earth, we may without delay, return you thanks for your intercession and for all the love and goodness you have shown to us. Amen

Memorare to St. Joseph

Remember, most pure spouse of Mary ever-Virgin, my loving protector, St. Joseph, that never has it been heard that anyone ever invoked you or sought help from you, without being consoled.  In this confidence I come before you; I fervently recommend my petitions to you. Despise not my prayer, foster-father of Jesus, our Redeemer, but do please in your kindness receive it and intercede for me. Amen

Prayer to Obtain the Gift of Faith

St. Joseph, when I hear the readings of the scriptures for this season I am filled with awe at the miracles that were happening in preparation for the coming of Jesus.  The Archangel Gabriel announced to your most pure spouse that she would be with child by the Holy Spirit. At the same time Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, was told that she would bear a son in her old age and it was announced that the child would be called John.  How you must have marveled at God’s work in all of this in preparation for the coming of Jesus.

In reading God’s sacred word, (which you were so familiar with), I believe that God still does work in our day and age through Jesus, his Son, bearing salvation to each person’s heart. In seeing your strength of belief I am strengthened in my own belief that God can do all things and work miracles in our lives today. Teach me how to cherish the few moments that I have, to reflect on these things as you did, so that God may work in me and through me in my daily life. I know that the Lord will be at my side as he guided you, St. Joseph through the times of joy, of expectation and even those moments that were trying. “May my mouth be filled with your praise, O Lord, and sing of your glory.” Amen

Prayer for Holy Communion

 O Blessed Joseph, how wonderful a privilege was yours, not only to see, but to carry in your arms, to kiss and to embrace with fatherly affection that only-begotten-Son of God, Whom so many kings and prophets desired to see, but were not able. Oh, that, inspired by your example and aided by your patronage, I may with like feelings of love and reverence, embrace my Lord and Redeemer in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, so that when my life on earth is ended I may merit to embrace Him eternally in Heaven. Amen.

To St. Joseph

O Blessed St. Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer Jesus Christ, protector of your chaste spouse the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, I choose you this day to be my patron and advocate; and firmly resolve to honor you as such from this time forth and always. Therefore, I humbly beseech you, dear St. Joseph, to receive me as your client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, and finally, to defend and protect me in the hour of my death. Amen.

To Obtain a Favor

O St. Joseph, whose safeguarding is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. Do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me this favor____________from Jesus and Mary with all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Having asked here below your heavenly power, may I offer thanksgiving and praise to the Heavenly Father in your name. Amen

 

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