San Giuseppe


Perhaps you know a Joseph?  Originally Hebrew, יוֹסֵף (Yosef) means God will increase.

St. Joseph

During the Middle Ages the people of Sicily were starving.  The drought had ruined their crops, so they were desperate for a miracle.

If St. Joseph would save the town from this horrible plight, Sicilians would honor him with altars of food to be shared with everyone, rich and poor alike, they vowed.

Legend has it that at midnight, March 19, their prayers were answered.  The rain restored the land, and the town was spared from the famine.

Table altars

Since then, St. Joseph devotees have set up traditional table altars with all sorts of delicacies— entrees, breads, desserts, and other special delights— perfect for the Lenten season.

Moreover, in Italy, residences that honor St. Joseph display olive branches over the front door to let others know about the table altar within waiting to be shared.



Consecration…  O, my beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as your child, take care of my salvation, watch over me day and night, preserve me from the occasion of sin, and obtain for me purity of soul and body!  Through your intercession with Jesus grant me a spirit of sacrifice, humility, and self-denial; a burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament; and a sweet, tender love for Mary, my mother.

St. Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying, and obtain for me a favorable judgment from Jesus, my merciful savior.  Amen.

Daily offering…  O blessed St. Joseph, faithful guardian to whom God entrusted Jesus and Mary, I implore you by the love which you did bear them, to preserve me from every defilement of soul and body that I may always serve them in holiness and purity of love.  Amen.

For fathers…  Gracious God, you chose St. Joseph to be the foster father of your beloved son, Jesus, and filled his heart with tender love and great joy.

Bless all fathers with the same tenderness and give them a share in the same joy.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

For protection…  Almighty God, who gave to the just man from Nazareth, St. Joseph, the privilege of serving as earthly father to Jesus, your son, through his intercession, watch over our families and guide us in your ways.  May this son of David, in whom the shoot from the stump of Jesse has blossomed, guide your people with care and protect your Church from harm.  United with Mary, his spouse, and Jesus, our Lord, may we be joined forever in the joys of your heavenly kingdom.  Amen.

Because you were the watchful guardian of the holy family, please watch over us, Christ’s chosen offspring.  Like an alert father, kindly keep far from us every taint of error or corruption.  From your place of glory on high, come to aid us in our conflict with the powers of darkness.

V.  St. Joseph, whom the infant Jesus so much loved,
R.  Please grant us what we ask.

Assist us, Lord, by the merits of your foster father, St. Joseph, spouse of your most holy mother.  May his help gain for us what our own efforts cannot.  This we ask through you who live and reign with God the Father in the union of the Holy Spirit, one God, for all the ages.  Amen.

Model for laborers…  Silent carpenter of Nazareth, by the work of your hands you gave your contribution to the work of the Creator.  Your hands earned your living, and you provided for the needs of the Holy Family.  Intercede for all workers in the difficulties of their daily lives.  Be with the unemployed in their anxieties for tomorrow so that, through the guidance of God, they all may use their strength and talents to make visible God’s new creation.  With confidence and trust, we make this prayer through Jesus.  Amen (Marin Brown with Unbound).

Petition…  O blessed St. Joseph, tender-hearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, I pray you join with me in praising God, the Father, through his divine son who died on the cross and rose again to give us sinners new life.  Through the holy name of Jesus pray with me that we may obtain from the eternal Father the favor we ask (state intention).

We have been unfaithful to the unfailing love of God, the Father.  Beg of Jesus mercy for us, his brothers and sisters.  Amid the splendors of God’s loving presence do not forget the sorrows of those who weep.  By your prayers and those of your most holy spouse, our blessed Lady, may the love of Jesus answer our call of confident hope.  Amen.

Request…  To you, blessed Joseph, we come with confidence in this, our hour of need, trusting in your powerful protection.  Your loving service to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and your fatherly affection for the Child Jesus inspire us with faith in the power of your intercession before the throne of God.

We pray, first of all, for the Church, that it may be free from error and corruption and that it be a shining light of universal love and justice.

We ask your intercession for our loved ones in their trials and adversities, that they may be inspired by the love, obedience and affection of the Holy Family and be to each other a mutual source of consolation and Christian fidelity.

We ask your intercession also for our special need (mention desired grace).

Keep us one and all under your protection so that, strengthened by your example and assistance, we may lead a holy life, die a happy death, and come to the possession of everlasting happiness in heaven.  Amen.

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Contact information

The colorful prayer leaflets are from Franciscan Mission Associates, P.O. Box 598, Mt. Vernon, NY 10551-0598; the brown-colored prayers, from Our Lady of the Rosary Library, 11721 Hidden Creek Road Prospect, KY 40059-9503.

March 19, 2013

Lord, give me the faith of St. Joseph.  Help me hear your words clearly, and give me the courage to respond faithfully to the plan that you have for my life (the Word among us, Lent 2013, p. 58).

March 2, 2014

Everyone must know that, after the Mother of God, St. Joseph is, of all the saints, the one dearest to God.  He has, therefore, great power with him and can obtain graces for his devout clients (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

March 7, 2014

St Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things.  He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life.  That is why scripture praises Joseph as “a just man” (St. Josemaría Escrivá).

March 10, 2014

St. Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care.  May he always guard, protect, and enlighten families (Pope John Paul II).

March 19, 2014

He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife.  He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until, at last, God called him saying, “Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord (St. Bernardine of Siena).

March 22, 2014

“However many saints you have as your intercessors, be especially devoted to
St. Joseph, who can obtain a great deal from God” (St. Teresa of Avila).

January 10, 2017

A hero is cultivated by countless— often unnoticed— actions.  They are ordinary humans— you and me— who direct their decisions and actions to be strengthened by goodness, compassion, integrity, and righteousness (Bear Woznick in Deep Adventure).

January 22, 2017

“In Joseph… the Lord found a man after his own heart to whom he could safely entrust the most holy and hidden secrets” (St. Bernard).

March 18, 2017

St. Joseph was chosen among all men to be the protector and guardian of the Virgin Mother of God; the defender and foster father of the Infant God; and the only co-operator upon earth, the one confidant of the secret of God in the work of the redemption of mankind (St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

March 19, 2017

Let us allow ourselves to be “infected” by St. Joseph’s silence!  We need it greatly, in a world that is often too noisy, that does not favor meditation or listening to the voice of God (Pope Benedict XVI).

March 20, 2017

When you invoke St. Joseph you don’t have to say much.  Say, “If you were in my place, St. Joseph, what would you do?  Well, pray for this on my behalf” (St. André Bessette).

March 27, 2017

Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then (St. Teresa of Ávila).

May 22, 2017

Almighty God, who gave to the just man from Nazareth, St. Joseph, the privilege of serving as earthly father to Jesus, your son, through his intercession, watch over our families and guide us in your ways.  May this son of David, in whom the shoot from the stump of Jesse has blossomed, guide your people with care and protect your Church from harm.  United with Mary, his spouse, and Jesus, our Lord, may we be joined forever in the joys of your heavenly kingdom (Stephen J. Binz in Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions).


St. Joseph & St. Rita Monastery – Alamo, TX


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Links of interest…  Congregation of St. Joseph…  Father shares ten most important things he learned after losing his three-year-old son…  Guide to holiness: BeDADitudes…  How I made friends with Joseph…  I am Yosef…  Prayer credits: Franciscan Mission Associates (H-77) / St. Joseph helps (blog) / Our Lady of the Rosary Library…  Prayers before workfavorite / consecration / powerful novena (more) / seventhirty-day devotion…  St. Joseph: about / blog / celebration /  dignity of work / feast name / living out Advent / perfect model of fatherhoodprayers / present of absent at the visitation / quick quiz / reasons to love / remembering / saint of the childhood of Jesussolemnity (more – reflection) / staircase / table altars / workshop…  St. Teresa of Avila: St. Joseph, wonder-worker, is waiting to bless you…  Viva San Giuseppe…  What did St. Joseph actually do as a carpenter…  Zeppole: cream puffs / doughnuts / recipe / video (YouTube)…  the Word among us

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2 Responses

  1. Wow! Lovely piece & wonderful, too!

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