St. Joseph Home Altar (c) 2000 AHGunkel
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Novena Prayer to St. Joseph  * About the Altar

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

Novena Prayer to St. Joseph

We have already implored, blessed Joseph, the help of our Lady, your sinless spouse. In our affliction we now turn with confidence to you also, and beg you earnestly to take us under your protection.

On earth you were one in love with the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God. You cherished the child Jesus with a father's affection. We know, then, that you will look graciously on our petitions because we have been purchased at the price of Christ's life. We are sure you will assist us, glorious St. Joseph, by your power and strength.

Because you were the watchful guardian of the Holy Family, please watch over us, Christ's chosen offspring. Like an alert father kindly keep far from us every taint of error or corruption. From your place of glory on high come to aid us in our conflict with the powers of darkness.

When the child Jesus was in peril of His life, more than once you rescued Him. So save His holy Church now from the deceits of its enemies and from every adversity. Please shield us now, great St. Joseph, by your fatherly care. Help us now to imitate your example and virtue so that we may lead a holy life, die a happy death, and enjoy your company forever in heaven. Amen.

St. Joseph, whom the infant Jesus so much loved;
Grant us what we ask, please.
Let us pray.
Assist us, Lord, by the merits of your foster father, St. Joseph, spouse of your most holy Mother. May his help gain for us what our own efforts cannot. This we ask through you who live and reign with God the Father in the union of the Holy Spirit, one God, for all the ages. Amen.

About the Altar

This simple home altar consists of a traditional statue of St. Joseph (from the well known Columbia statuary of Italy), a red and white linen (from a favorite linen shop near Krakow's Rynek), St. Joseph holy cards for visitors to take, a simple flower arrangement, and votive candles. This is the focal point for a St. Joseph's Table and is also an altar for the Novena to St. Joseph, often performed for nine consecutive days in March.