To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis announced that the Church would celebrate a special year dedicated to St. Joseph beginning on December 8, 2020 and continuing through December 8, 2021.
In celebration of the Solemnity
St. Joseph the Worker icon
“Saint Joseph is portrayed in his middle years wearing a pale blue tunic with rolled up sleeves and a leather earth-toned shop apron, which is buttoned at the shoulder. He is presented in “working” clothes and not wearing the traditional himation, which would not be worn while working. The tradition of using blue (or purple) for the inner garment represents the spiritual, and the outer garment is in warm brown colours for the earth. The blue in the detailing on his waist sash represents that St. Joseph was from the lineage of the House of David. His left hand rests on a wood-chipping tool and reaches out with his right, inviting people to himself.”
Iconographer: Andre J. Prevost
Archdiocese of Edmonton
Novena to St. Joseph
O Glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower
of Jesus Christ, to you do we
raise our hearts and hands,/ to implore
your powerful intercession in obtaining
from the benign Heart of Jesus/ all the
helps and graces necessary for our spiritual
and temporal welfare,/ particularly
the grace of a happy death,/ and the special
favour we now implore.
O guardian of the Word Incarnate,/
we feel filled with confidence/ that your
prayers on our behalf/ will be graciously
heard before the throne of God./
O Glorious St. Joseph,/ through the
love you bear to Jesus Christ,/ and for
the glory of His name,/ hear our prayers
and obtain our petitions. (Repeat 7times)
Let us pray
O Glorious St. Joseph,/ spouse of the
Immaculate Virgin,/ obtain for us a
pure,/ humble, and charitable mind,/ and
perfect resignation to the divine Will./
Be our guide, father and model through
life,/ that we may merit to die as you
did,/ in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
O great St. Joseph, with feelings of unlimited confidence, we beg you to bless this novena that we begin in your honour. "You are never invoked in vain" says the seraphic St. Theresa of Jesus.
Be you then to me what you have been to that spouse of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and graciously hear me as you did her. Amen.
O blessed Saint Joseph, tenderhearted father,
faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, we pray and beseech you to offer to God the Father, His divine son, bathed in blood on the Cross for sinners, and through the thrice holy name of Jesus obtain for us of the eternal Father the favour for which we implore your intercession... (State your request here...)
Amid the splendours of eternity, forget not the sorrows of those who pray, those who weep; stay the almighty arm which smites us, that by your prayers and those of your most holy spouse, the Heart of Jesus may be moved to pity and to pardon. Amen.
Blessed St. Joseph, enkindle in our cold hearts a spark of your charity. May God be always the first and only object of our affections. Keep our souls always in sanctifying grace and, if we should be so unhappy as to lose it, give us the strength to recover it immediately by a sincere repentance. Help us to such a love of our God as will always keep us united to Him. Amen.
O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ and for the glory of His name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
(State your request here...) Amen.
Saint Joseph, pride of Heaven, unfailing hope for our lives, and support of those on earth, graciously accept our prayer of praise. You were appointed spouse of the chaste Virgin by the Creator of the world. He willed that you be called "father" of the Word and serve as agent of our salvation. May the triune God who bestowed upon you heavenly honours, be praised forever.
And may He grant us through your merits the joy of a blessed life and a favourable answer to our petition. (State your request here...). Amen.
O holy St. Joseph, what a lesson your life is for us, ever so eager to appear so anxious to display before the eyes of men the graces that we owe entirely to the liberality of God. In addition to the special favour for which we plead in this novena...(State your request here...) grant that we may attribute to God the glory of all things, that we may love the humble and hidden life, that we may not desire any other position than the one given us by Providence and that we may always be a docile instrument in the hands of God. Amen.
O glorious Saint Joseph, appointed by the Eternal Father as the guardian and protector of the life of Jesus Christ, the comfort and support of His Holy Mother, and the instrument in His great design
for the redemption of mankind; you who had the happiness of living with Jesus and Mary, and of dying in their arms, be moved with confidence we place in you, and procure for us from the Almighty, the particular favour which we humbly ask through your intercession... (State your request here...). Amen.
O faithful and prudent Saint Joseph, watch over our weakness and our inexperience; obtain for us that prudence which reminds us of our end, which directs our paths and which protects us from every danger. Pray for us, then, O great Saint, and by your love for Jesus and Mary, and by their love for you, obtain for us the favor we ask in this novena... (State your request here...) Amen.
O blessed Joseph, to whom it was given not only to see and to hear that God whom many kings longed to see and saw not; to hear and heard not; but also to carry Him in your arms, to embrace Him, to clothe Him, and to guard and defend Him, come to our assistance and intercede with Him to look favourably on our present petition. (State your request here...) Amen.
O good Saint Joseph, help us to be like you, gentle to those whose weakness leans on us; help us to give to those who seek our aid, succor that they may journey unafraid. Give us your faith, that we may see the right shining above the victories of might. Give us your hope that we may stand secure, untouched by doubting, steadfast to endure. Give us your love that as the years increase an understanding heart may bring us peace. Give us your purity that the hour of death
finds us untouched by evil’s breath. Give us your love of labor that we shirk no lot in life that calls us for honest work. Give us your love of poverty so that we live contented, let wealth come or go. Give us your courage that we may be strong;
give us your meekness to confess our sins. Give us your patience that we may possess the kingdom of our souls without distress. Help us, dear Saint, to live that when life ends we pass with you to Jesus and His friends. O Glorious Saint Joseph, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. Amen.
Apostolic letter Patris Corde of the Holy Father, Francis, on the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church
Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special indulgences on the occasion of the Year of Saint Joseph