Thursday, March 6, 2008

Saint Joseph Novena - Feast Day Moved

If you are planning to pray a novena to our beloved Patron of the Universal Church, of Fathers, of Families, of Labor, of a Happy Death, etc. - today or tomorrow would be the day to begin (depending on whether you like your novenas to end on the feast day or the day before). Please note that Saint Joseph's Feast had been moved up this year to March 15th, so as not to be celebrated during Holy Week.

In the words of Saint Teresa of Avila in her plea for the faithful to pray to our Holy Patriarch:

"Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this glorious Saint, 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 honored 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 I 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 form commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch and in being devoted to him..." --Autobiography, VI, 11-12

This beloved saint has aided our family in too many instances to count. He is a powerful intercessor indeed. I encourage anyone who visits here today to begin a special novena to the Foster-Father of Our Lord. Then spread the word. Share with others, either on your blog, with friends and family, or in the comments section here, how St. Joseph has interceded for you. For the only way I can think of to repay (however inadequately) such a saint is to spread devotion to him.

You can find a variety of beautiful novenas to our beloved patron here. I will have a short novena prayer to St. Joseph on my sidebar beginning today until his Solemnity on March 15th.

Saint Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus, pray for us!+++


Erika said...

Thanks for the reminder. I knew the feast had been moved up, but I never remember to start novenas on time.

Sharon said...

Thank you for the reminder. I could really use his intervention in our family right now.

Beth said...

Thanks for this Kristen! Ken and I were planning on praying a novena to St. Joseph, but we didn't know his feast day was moved. We're starting tomorrow!

Cheryl M. said...

Thanks for the reminder, Kristen, I, along with my husband and oldest son have started it with a very special intention. :)

Michael said...

Hello Kristen,

Thank you for sharing your words about Saint Joseph.
You have provided a pathway to hope and a way to grace.
The prayers are inspirational, thank you for the link to
the novena page.

I appreciate you sharing how your prayers have been
answered with Saint Joseph’s help( March 19, 2007.)
In your earlier writings or teachings, you expressed
important thoughts
and lessons of goodness. Thank you for these.

I pray frequently…thank you for showing me there are
more ways to add prayer and reflection to my daily life. : )
May all of our prayers be answered.

In closing, Kristen, for you, Patrick and your small, precious,
wonderful and beautiful treasures, continue to be blessed
and enjoy Our Father’s gifts from the chirp of a bird, the
fragrance of a flower, the flavor of a wonderful meal…
(not to much flavor and not too big a portion, after all it is lent)
to the most important, voice and tug and hug from our
little ones.

You are in my prayers,

PS: Time to kiss your baby’s hands : )