Happy Feast of St Joseph!

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This thread is simply to pay tribute to St Joseph – to exchange Feast day greetings and to share favourite prayers, hymns, novenas and other devotions if you wish.

Click on the picture to reach a lovely site devoted to St Joseph and make sure you read the two quotes from great saints who were devoted to St Joseph in their lifetime, on our own website.

Anyone who would like to attend a Traditional Latin Mass to mark the Feast will be pleased to know there is a Mass in St Andrew’s SSPX chapel in Glasgow this evening at 6.30pm. Directions here and in Edinburgh this afternoon at 1pm – click here for chapel details

Happy Feast Day to one and all!

14 responses

  1. Dear St Joseph, pure and gentle,
    guardian of the Saviour child,
    Treading, with the virgin mother,
    Egypt’s deserts rough and wild.

    chorus: Dear St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
    blest above all saints on high,
    When the death shades round us gather,
    teach, O teach us how to die, teach,
    O teach us how to die.

    He who rested on thy bosom
    is by countless saints adored,
    Prostrate angels in his presence
    sing hosannahs to their Lord.

    Now to thee, no gift refusing,
    Jesus stoops to hear thy prayer;
    Then, dear saint, from thy fair dwelling,
    give to us a father’s care.

    Dear St Joseph, kind and loving,
    stretch to us a helping hand;
    guide us through life’s toils and sorrows
    safely to the distant land.

    Happy St. Joseph’s day everyone. We sang this hymn on Sunday and as it’s a Holyday of Obligation we will probably be singing it again after Mass today.

    • Vianney,

      Thanks for posting the words of that beautiful hymn. I tried to find it sung on YouTube but could only find an instrumental (which was lovely, but would prefer to have the lyrics as well – for obvious reasons.)

      Happy Feast!

  2. Happy St. Joseph’s day everyone. This is a prayer to St. Joseph and it refers to him as the patron of departing souls.

    • Theresa Rose,

      That’s a beautiful prayer-video. It’s good to remind ourselves that St Joseph is the Patron Saint of a happy death – not least because of the gathering clouds between Russia and the United States! We need, more than ever, to be prepared…

      Happy Feast!

      St Joseph, pray for us!

  3. St Joseph is a very powerful intercessor.Devotion to this wonderful saint brings a beautifully holy presence to the heart of the home and family.

    St Joseph often brings about a very speedy answer to your prayers.(memorably for me on at least three occasions before the end of the prayer!).

    At Fatima,St Joseph appeared with the child Jesus in his arms,signalling God’s wish to have him honoured with the Blessed Virgin Mary in the home,a devotion which is greatly rewarded.

    Given the all out assault on the institution of the family at this time,we need to bring St Joseph into this fierce battle by spreading this devotion to as many others as possible.

    Happy St Joseph’s day to everyone,

  4. I have a special devotion to St Joseph and agree with St Teresa of Avila that he always answers prayers. Tommy is right to say he is a very powerful intercessor.

    I felt sad when looking at the article about the new head of the Congregation for Bishops and seeing the shocking images of his first Mass
    http://www.infovaticana.com/asi-celebro-el-secretario-de-la-congregacion-para-los-obispos-su-nombramiento/

    St Joseph has the title of Patron of the Universal Church as well as Patron Saint for a happy death, so I think we should all pray especially to him today for an end to the crisis in the Church, which means the Consecration of Russia, too.

    A happy Feast of St Joseph to all CT bloggers!

  5. “…Ward off from us, O most loving Father, all taint of error and corruption; graciously assist us from Heaven, O most powerful Protector, in our struggle with the powers of darkness; and as thou didst once rescue the Child Jesus from imminent peril to His life, so now defend the holy Church of God from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.” – taken from the Prayer to Saint Joseph, recited after the Rosary

    Thank you, everyone for all the great posts.

    Never have the prayers and aid of the glorious patron of the Universal Church been more needed. We can be absolutely certain, at the same time, that our great Protector is close at hand.

    “Some Saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs, but not in others; but our holy patron Saint Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking.”- Saint Thomas Aquinas

    It’s also worth recalling the words of Isidore of Isolanis, a pious Dominican of the 16th century, who prophesied that “the sound of victory” will be heard in the Church Militant “when the faithful recognize the sanctity of Saint Joseph”.

    He continues: “The Lord will let His light shine, He will lift the veil, and great men will search out the interior gifts of God that are hidden in Saint Joseph; they will find in him priceless treasure, the like of which they had never found in other saints of the Old Testament, We are inclined to believe that toward the end of time God will overwhelm Saint Joseph with glorious honour. If in the past ages, during the storms of persecution, these honours could not be shown to Saint Joseph, we must conclude that they have been reserved for later times. At some future time the feast of Saint Joseph will be celebrated as one of the greatest of feasts. The Vicar of Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, will order this feast to be celebrated in the Universal Church.”

    We should recall the testimony of Saint Teresa regarding the great efficacy of praying to Saint Joseph, on this day, of all days throughout the year.

    “Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this glorious Saint (Saint Joseph), for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honoured him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very many years since I began asking him for something ON HIS FEAST, and have always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good…I ask for the love of God that he who does not believe me will make the trial for himself- then he will find out by experience the great good that results from commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch an in being devoted to him…” Saint Teresa of Avila, Autobiography, VI, 11-12

  6. Happy feast of 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 of 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. Amen.

  7. One of our readers in England sends us, unfailingly, beautiful e-cards to mark every Feast. I thought this one was worth sharing for the quote from Cardinal Newman. Enjoy!

  8. I was fascinated when I read about the miraculous staircase of St Joseph some years ago and remembered it today, partly after reading the debate with the atheists on the other thread. They don’t say at the start of this video, that the architect who designed the chapel had forgotten to include a staircase in his design of the chapel and died before it was finished.

    I wish everyone a very happy Feast of St Joseph today. He is definitely one of the most powerful saints in heaven.

  9. A very Happy Feast of St. Joseph to all. I love to say the prayer to St. Joseph sent in with the video by Theresa Rose. Thankyou

  10. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thread to mark the beautiful Feast of St Joseph.

    All the videos, prayers, hymns etc are very edifying.

    Thank you for honouring St Joseph today – God bless.

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