St. Joseph Novena: Day 1

Listen to today’s reflection below:

In just nine days, May 1, we will consecrate Relevant Radio® and our family of listeners to St. Joseph on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker at 3:30 PM Central time.

Hi, this is Fr. Rocky, Executive Director of Relevant Radio.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

St. Joseph was the greatest male saint who ever lived, and yet not a single word of St. Joseph has been recorded in the Bible. But his deeds are well known. He was obedient, humble, pure, resourceful, prayerful, wise and brave. Chosen to be the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus, his job was to care for them and protect them from danger. And he did a great job!

One hundred and fifty years ago, Pope Pius IX proclaimed him Patron of the Universal Church. Those were tumultuous times for the Church. Ten years ago, in February of 2010 when Relevant Radio was in dire straits, a few of us from Relevant Radio made a pilgrimage to the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal, and ever since that day, everything has been going very well at Relevant Radio. Thank you St. Joseph!

Now please join me in praying today’s novena prayer to St. Joseph:

Oh, St. Joseph,
whose protection is so great, so prompt, so strong,
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 departed souls – pray for me.

This prayer was found in 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 or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire or shall be overpowered in any battle. Say for nine mornings in a row for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail. Imprimatur: September 25, 1950
Hugh C. Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh


P.S. St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor. Find out more about the power of his prayers in this article from the archives.

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Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, "Fr. Rocky" is the Executive Director/CEO of Relevant Radio and a priest of Opus Dei.