Why We are Celebrating St. Joseph in 2021
Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. Pope Francis said he was establishing the year so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.” — Catholic News Agency
St. Joseph was chosen by God to protect and provide for his holy family, so that the Blessed Virgin Mary and our savior, Jesus Christ could accomplish their mission here, on Earth. He is the patron saint of fathers, workers, and families. Wear this bracelet as a petition to St. Joseph to pray for us and our families, to help us protect and provide for all of those we love. St. Joseph, pray for us.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Oh St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt 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 departing souls – pray for me.
Say this prayer for nine mornings in a row,
for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail.
Some sources claim this prayer was found on the fiftieth year of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent from the pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves shall never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, nor shall be harmed in any fire, nor shall be overpowered in battle.
St. Joseph Feast Day March 19