Feast of Saint Joseph Prayers

What is the Feast of Saint Joseph?

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, honors the foster father of Jesus, Saint Joseph. He is the patron saint of fathers, families, workers, and the Church. His main celebration falls on March 19. The feast of Saint Joseph the Worker falls on May 1.

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Catholic Collect for the Feast of Saint Joseph

Statue of Saint Joseph with blue curtain in back

Let us pray [that the Church will continue the saving work of Christ]

Father, You entrusted our Savior to the care of Saint Joseph,

By the help of his prayers may the Church continue to serve its Lord, Jesus Christ,

Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


New St. Joseph Weekday Missal

For the Intercession of Saint Joseph

O Joseph, virgin-father of Jesus, most pure Spouse of the Virgin Mary,

Pray every day for us to the same Jesus, the Son of God,

That we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving dutifully in life,

May be crowned by Him at the Hour of death.


Catholic Collect for the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

God our Father, Creator and Ruler of the universe,

In every age you call man to develop and use his gifts for the good of others.

With Saint Joseph as our example and guide, help us to do the work you have asked and come to the rewards you have promised.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


New St. Joseph Weekday Missal

Short Prayer to Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and true spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us.

New St. Joseph People's Prayer Book

To You, O Blessed Joseph (Ad Te, Beate Ioseph)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holily, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.


New St. Joseph People's Prayer Book

Joseph, the Praise and Glory of the Heavens

Joseph the praise and glory of the heavens, sure pledge of life, and safety of the wide world, as in our joy we sing to thee, in kindness list to our praises.

Thou by the world's Creator wert appointed spouse of the Virgin; thee He willed to honor naming thee Father of the Word and guardian of our salvation.

Thou thy Redeemer, lying in a stable, whom long ago foretold the choir of Prophets, sawest rejoicing and thy God adoredst humble in childhood.

God, King of kings, and Governor of the ages, He at whose word the powers of hell do tremble, He whom the adoring heavens ever worship called thee protector.

Praise to the Triune Godhead ever-lasting, Who with such honor mightily hath blest thee; o may He grant us thy blest petition joys everlasting.

Fr. Juan Escollar; tr: A.G. McDougall

Remember Us, O Blessed Joseph

Remember us, O blessed Joseph and by your assisting prayers, intercede on our behalf with your foster-Son. In a like manner, render the Blessed Virgin, your spouse, gracious to us, for she is the mother of Him, who with the Father and Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, forever and ever.

Saint Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444); tr: David Bennett

Benedictine Collect for the Feast of Saint Joseph

We beseech Thee, O Lord that we may be helped by the merits of the spouse of Thy most Holy Mother, so that what we cannot obtain of ourselves may be given to us through his intercession. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen Monastic Diurnal

Benedictine Collect for the Feast of Saint Joseph the Workman

O God, the Creator of all things, Who imposeth on man the law of work; grant in Thy goodness that, by the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage, we may accomplish the work that Thou commandest us to do and attain the reward that Thou has promised us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.


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Updated 02-15-2018