As the person who is closest to Jesus and Mary, St. Joseph is arguably the second most powerful intercessor to Our Lord, preceded only by his beloved wife.
St. Joseph is the head of the Holy Family and is the perfect model for us as we strive to raise our families in the ways of Our Heavenly Father. Let us turn to him then for his help, and allow him to intercede for us on behalf of our families.
The St. Joseph Novena is traditionally said from March 10th until the Feast Day of St. Joseph on March 19th, however it can be said any time of the year. There are many different versions of the St. Joseph Novena, but this one is my favorite. Say the prayer below (or whichever St. Joseph Novena prayer you prefer) each day for nine days. Be sure to include your own personal prayer intention(s) as well.
St. Joseph Novena Prayer
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so prompt, so strong, before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most Loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departed souls – pray for us.