Novena to Saint Joseph

First Day:  Marriage of Saint Joseph to Our Blessed Mother

 

First Visit - St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

Joseph was God’s man. He listened to the inspiration of grace, recognized that this was God’s plan for him and entered this state wholly. The Blessed Virgin, full of grace, was another added grace for him, for this was Heaven’s gift to him.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace. I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit - St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

Joseph’s chief concern in life was the purity of his soul. Imagine then how he strove to use the graces given to adorn his soul wherein he knew God dwelt, for the Blessed Trinity always dwells in a soul adorned with grace.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit - St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

St. Joseph’s love for Mary and Mary’s love for Joseph was only excelled in their lives by their love for God and God’s love for them. No purer love among human beings ever existed than that manifested by Joseph for Mary and Mary for Joseph.
May we love Mary as he did. May we love St. Joseph as she did.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit - St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

Imagine with the eyes of faith the Child Jesus on the strong arms of Joseph. No earthly father ever loved as he loved this foster Son, for this Son was the Son of God – his God – his Messiah, for whom he had so longed and desired.
Joseph knew now why God had so planned his life – yes, he was God’s man.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Day: Joseph A Just Man

 

First Visit - St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

St. Joseph was like an open vessel ever ready to receive grace. He knew nothing of that which had happened to his Virgin Bride. The Incarnate Word hidden in the womb of Mary was pouring grace into his virginal soul to beautify it,
to strengthen it and to make him a man after God’s own heart.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit - St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

Receiving always joyfully of God’s gifts whether in joy or sorrow, the grace he was receiving now was like the morning dew falling upon an already beautiful garden of rarest gifts. Joseph knew not why but his soul rested in a peace and joy known only to those who are ever ready to do God’s Will. God was preparing His man for his future work.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit - St. Joseph's Love of Our Blessed Lady

Joseph’s love for Mary was enhanced day by day. He knew not why but Mary seemed more beautiful than ever and more holy;
so serene, so calm and yet so majestic. His manly heart went out to her who was already Christ’s own Mother – his too would be the secret but not yet, O Joseph, for God is wont to give His greatest gifts after the most scorching trials.
God knew His man would not fail Him.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit - St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

Recall any image of St. Joseph with the Divine Child in his arms. Meditate on the loving look of Joseph upon that Child of Heaven. Ask to love the Child Jesus as he loved Him and with his love.
Ask St. Joseph to let us have at least a spark of his love in our hearts for the Child Jesus.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Day: Trial of St. Joseph

 

First Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

Only a saintly soul like Joseph’s could experience such suffering. Mary, the light of his life, seemingly is the cause.
Again he cooperates with grace for he sought relief in prayer and God gave the answer which flooded his soul with another grace – that of joy. Imagine his kneeling before Mary to let her know he was aware through God’s grace of the great secret that was Hers – yes, he adores the unborn Incarnate Word.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace. I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)…..

Second Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

The struggle of doubt is over, the clouds of sorrow have disappeared, but they leave an indelible print on the soul of Joseph. His soul is now a stronger soul, for when one suffers in keeping with God’s grace this is always the result in the soul.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit: St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

The espousal, the marriage day, these endeared Mary more and more to Joseph but there is nothing that knits together more than the crucible of suffering. Joseph had suffered and Mary suffered too because she knew he was suffering.
Joseph’s love for Mary was indeed becoming enriched day by day.

(Meditate one minute)

My God I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit: St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

In anticipation, Joseph loved Him Who was soon to become a little Child for him and mankind
that man might have Life and have it more abundantly. Imagine the aspirations of a loving heart like Joseph’s lifted up in adoration to his God Who soon would be Emmanuel – God With Us.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Day: Life At Nazareth

 

First Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

Once the trial was over what must have been Joseph’s cooperation with grace and what his preparation to behold the face of His God. Those days were special days of grace-retreat days when Joseph with Mary at his side prepared for his Messiah.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

Joseph knew that nothing would please the Messiah more than his adorning his soul with every grace possible for His coming. With Mary as example and model and with her Joseph was in a position to do this as no other man has ever been. Truly he was God’s man – God’s Guardian for her who was the Mother of Grace.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit: St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

As St. Joseph meditated on the virtue of his Spouse, the Blessed Virgin, his love grew in proportion.
To him she was indeed “Virgin most holy, Virgin most pure, Virgin most prudent, etc.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit: St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

Joseph’s love for the Child Jesus projected into the future too; how he longed to see the face of his God – what aspirations went up in silent adoration – what acts of love in preparation for the great event.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fifth Day: The Edict To Go To Bethlehem

 

First Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

Joseph read the edict in town, perhaps, or heard of it; how it must have wrung his heart for he knew that Mary’s days were almost accomplished. What should he do? Go without her or take her with him? Being God’s man he sought the answer in prayer. Grace entered and enlightened him as what to do – talk it over with Mary – Mary would would help him to do God’s Will.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

Another trial but Joseph found the way out through prayer and already he experienced that peace that comes to the soul who seeks God in fervent prayer. Another jewel in his immortal soul – this grace of resignation.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit: St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

He cared not for himself – he thought only of her who was indeed his Morning Star, his Tower of David, his Queen and our Queen. Trials were multiplying for Joseph but each one brought about not a decrease of his love for her who was entrusted to him by God but a great increase for he learned from her how to accept God’s plan and God’s ways.

(Meditate your minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit: St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

Would the Eternal Father ask that this trial come into the life of Him who was to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life? – Everything pointed that way. The Incarnate Word was to be born in Bethlehem. Sacrifice seemed to be the touchstone that brought Joseph closer to God. Joseph’s love increased for their Divine Child as he meditated on His great love for men.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Sixth Day: The Message To Mary

 

First Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

Through Mary would Jesus come to us; through Mary we would receive all grace.
Joseph had the grace to experience this joy before the Incarnate Word’s birth – grace poured out through the heart of her who was to be the Mother of us all and Joseph rejoiced when Mary gave her FIAT once more; “Joseph, be it done to me according to God’s word; Joseph, we will go to Bethlehem together.”

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

Mary’s resignation to God’s plan filled Joseph’s soul with joy; his soul again was at peace and he experienced what every holy soul enjoys whose will conforms to God’s Will in all things. If I have peace of soul I am at peace with God; if not, then what is wanting to me, O good St. Joseph?

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit: St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

In each trial Joseph learned more about his spouse the Blessed Virgin. He learned how perfectly her soul and heart and mind were attuned to God’s grace and God’s plan for her in His work of the redemption of man. Out of this knowledge grew a great love, a love born of God. Joseph’s love for Mary was the highest, the purest, the noblest – God gave him that love.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit: St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

Joseph realized better each day where all these graces came from – Mary was the Lily of Israel, the Chosen One of God for His plans of the redemption of mankind. Joseph knew that the beauty of Mary’s soul that increased daily was the work of Him whom she tabernacled. How his heart went out in love to this Divine Child whose face he was soon to see. Come, O Desired of Nations, come to save us! Such must have been the love of God’s man waiting for the Messiah’s birth.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Seventh Day: Preparation For The Journey

 

First Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

The decision made, the Holy Spirit of God rested on Joseph who was such a perfect responder to the grace of God.
He had to figure out like any other man the best road to take, how to make the road comfortable for Mary,
how to provide for her along the way, etc.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

St. Joseph was a man of prayer; he kept his soul in good order in God’s grace. In the Bible we read that he was a Just Man and a just man seeks only God’s Will. Grace then poured into his soul and he treasured the graces given.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit: St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

In his preparation for the journey St. Joseph thought most of Mary and the Divine Child yet unborn. It is easy to understand that Joseph, being a carpenter, would know how to provide an easy way for Mary to ride to Bethlehem town. What joy it was for him to provide for her who was his Spouse and God’s Mother.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit: St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

In all his preparations for the journey St. Joseph never lost sight of the fact that it was during this journey
that he would see the face of his God. With Jesus in mind he prepared –
Jesus was his distraction constantly and what a beautiful distraction, and what a holy one!

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Eighth Day: The Journey To Bethlehem

 

First Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

Joseph’s best was poor in the eyes of the world, so he had to see others pass by, much better provided for than he could give.
But what he had provided, what he had prepared was done out of love for
Jesus and Mary and out of that love came cooperation with grace.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

Quietly and slowly Mary and Joseph covered the miles that lay between them and Bethlehem; at times they prayed together; again they meditated silently on the great mystery that was in their midst. Joseph through Mary grew in grace and his interior life was enhanced by his protection of God’s treasures – Joseph was God’ s man.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit: St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

Mary’s mind and heart were filled with adoration for the precious burden tabernacled in her womb.
One look at Mary and Joseph was convinced that she was indeed the Handmaid of the Lord.
Her submission to Joseph, her cheerfulness in the midst of hardship endeared her more and more to the heart of Joseph.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit: St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

The journey was hard but Joseph who knew God’s will for him found it a joy to suffer for Him Whose face he should soon behold.
Joseph’s mind and heart were filled with love and adoration for this Divine Child, Son of Mary.
Joseph’s joy was of that which this world knows nothing.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Ninth Day: No Room In The Inn

 

First Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To Grace

Joseph was God’s man! As the search for room went on, through grace he realized that this too was God’s plan and who was he to murmur or to try to make it different. He had done all that was humanly possible – God would take over now and though he suffered as he led her down the hill to an abandoned stable, yet there was joy in the suffering because of God’s grace.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to grace.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to grace and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Second Visit: St. Joseph's Fidelity To The Interior Life

As Joseph led the way to the stable there were plenty of thoughts surging through his brain. God had come to earth to save man and man would not receive Him. Love rose up in the heart of Joseph to make up for the coldness of men. He came unto His own and His own received Him not.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s fidelity to the interior life.
I ask through his intercession for fidelity to the interior life and for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Third Visit: St. Joseph's Love For Our Blessed Lady

The stable is found, the birthplace of the Son of God. Mary must be made as comfortable as circumstances allowed.
Joseph cleared a place for her and out of soft hay made a resting place for her. He hung his lantern on the wall and then took up his place at the door so that nothing might disturb Mary. Suddenly the faint cry of an Infant told Joseph the moment had come. Mary had given him his God Whose face he so longed to behold.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love of Our Blessed Lady.
May I love her as St. Joseph did so that I may love her with his love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

Fourth Visit: St. Joseph's Love For The Holy Child

Joseph beheld Mary on her knees adoring the Divine Child before her. St. Joseph falls down in adoration of the Son of God – He has two worshipers which for all times would be the exemplars for all men in adoration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Lost in contemplation are these two souls so dear to God. They would have remained thus if God had not demanded that they should be the ones to show mankind the Holy Child. Footsteps – the shepherds arrive. Joseph and Mary know their duty – they must share their joys with their neighbor; love of God and love of neighbor shall ever go hand in hand. St. Joseph, pray for us that our hearts may be filled with the love of the Divine Child and with love for our neighbor.

(Meditate one minute)

My God, I thank Thee for St. Joseph’s love for the Holy Child.
May I love Him as St. Joseph did so that I may love Him with Joseph’s love. I also ask for
……….(Mention your request)……….

May the Most Just, the Most High,
the Most Amiable Will of God
be in all things fulfilled,
praised and exalted now and forever.
Amen.