Novena in Honor of St. Joseph, Spouse of Our Lady
(Beginning March 10)
from the 1910 Raccolta.
From Rev. F.X. Lasance’s “Prayer-Book For Religious,” 1914, Benziger Brothers.
[Piux IX, by a rescript of the S.C. of Indulgences, Nov. 28, 1976, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite heart, devoutly make at any time during the year a *novena in honor of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary most holy*, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority, *an indulgence of three hundred days*, once a day; *a plenary indulgence*, during the course of the novena, if, being truly penitent, having confessed and communicated, they pray for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.]
O glorious descendant of the kings of Juda! inheritor of the virtues of all the patriarchs! just and happy St. Joseph! listen to our prayers. Thou art our glorious protector, and shalt ever be, after Jesus and Mary, the object of our most profound veneration and tender confidence. Thou art a hidden saint, though one of the greatest saints, and art peculiarly the patron of interior souls.
In union with all those who have ever been most devoted to thee, we now dedicate ourselves to thy service, beseeching thee, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Who vouchsafed to love and obey thee as a Son, to become a father to us, and to obtain for us the filial respect, confidence, and love of children toward thee. O powerful advocate of all Christians! whose intercession, as St. Teresa assures us, has never been found to fail, deign to intercede for us now and to implore for us the particular intentions of this novena.
Present us, O great saint, to the adorable Trinity with Whom thou hadst so glorious and so intimate a correspondence. Obtain that we may never efface by sin the sacred image according to the likeness of which we were created. Beg for us that our divine Redeemer may enkindle in our hearts, and in all hearts, the fire of His love, and infuse therein the virtues of His adorable infancy–His purity, simplicity, obedience, and humility. Obtain for us likewise a lively devotion to thy Virgin spouse, and protect us so powerfully in life and in death that we may have the happiness of dying, as thou didst, in the friendship of Our Creator, and under the immediate protection of the Mother of God.