Today begins the Novena to St. Joseph, leading up to his feast day on March 19th. I firmly suggest that all of us pray this Novena with great devotion and fervor. After all, it is in preparation for the feast day, in the month of, in the Year of St. Joseph. I have no doubt that graces upon graces will flow upon souls who make this Novena.
We have great need of St. Joseph in our day. He is powerful against all that threatens the souls of so many: attacks on the family, attacks on the Church, both from within and without, attacks on freedom, attacks on children through their exploitation in sex trafficking, attacks on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony through the normalization of homosexuality, and attacks on purity through pornography. Yes, more than ever we need a man like St. Joseph to protect and defend us from all the wiles of our enemies.
So, let us all join together in praying this Novena that St. Joseph, Terror of Demons would crush the enemies of God underfoot, and obtain for us many graces from the pierced Heart of Jesus, his son. I suggest we use these prayers:
Prayer of the Holy Cloak Novena
O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, you who were chosen by God above all men to be the earthly head of the most holy of families, I beseech you to accept me within the folds of your holy cloak, that you may become the guardian and custodian of my soul. From this moment on, I choose you as my father, my protector, my counselor, my patron, and I beseech you to place in your custody my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I possess, my life, and my death. Look upon me as one of your children; defend me from the treachery of my enemies, invisible or otherwise, assist me at all times in all my necessities; console me in the bitterness of my life, and especially at the hour of my death. Say but one word for me to the Divine Redeemer whom you were deemed worthy to hold in your arms, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, your most chaste spouse. Request for me those blessings which will lead me to salvation. Include me amongst those who are most dear to you and I shall set forth to prove myself worthy of your special patronage. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph, Terror of Demons
Saint Joseph, Terror of Demons, cast thy solemn gaze upon the devil and all his minions, and protect us with thy mighty staff. Thou didst flee through the night to avoid the devil’s wicked designs; now with the power of God, smite the demons as they flee from thee! Grant special protection, we pray, for children, priests, fathers, families, and the dying. By God’s grace, no demon dares approach while thou art near, so we beg of thee, always be near to us! Amen.
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