Feast of St Joseph, Husband of Mary
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
To 'Understand' how Powerful is the Intercession-of Saint Joseph with Jesus Christ, we need only to Know what the Gospel 'Says',
"and He was Subject to them" - Luke 2:51. For Thirty (30) Years, then, the Son-of-God Attentively 'Obeyed'
Joseph and Mary. Joseph had only to 'Indicate' his
Will, by a Word or a Sign, and he was Immediately 'Obeyed' by Jesus.
This Humility of Jesus in 'Obeying', 'Teaches' us that the Dignity of
Saint Joseph was above that of All the Saints, with the Exception-of the Divine Mother.
Let us now 'Attend' to what Saint-Teresa 'Says' of the Confidence, which we should have in the Protection of Saint
Joseph; she 'Says', "Our Lord seems to have Granted Power to other Saints, to Help in One (1) Necessity; Experience 'Proves' that this Saint Helps us in
All; and that Our Lord Wishes us to 'Understand', that as-on-Earth, He was 'Subject' to him, so also in Heaven, He 'Refuses' him Nothing that he 'Asks'. Other Persons, whom I 'Advised' to 'Recommend' themselves to him,
have 'Experienced' this. I never Knew anyone who 'Served' him, by 'Practicing' some Particular Devotion in his Honor, who did not always Progress in Virtue. I 'Entreat' those who do not 'Believe' what I 'Say',
to Try it themselves. I cannot 'Understand' how it is Possible, to Think-of the Queen-of-Angels, and of All the Labors which she 'Underwent' during the Childhood-of-Jesus, without 'Returning' Thanks to Saint Joseph,
for all the Services he 'Rendered' at that Time, to the Mother and the Son".
We should especially be Devout-to Saint Joseph, in-order-that the Saint may 'Obtain' us a Good
Death. He, on-account-of having 'Saved' the Infant Jesus from the
Snares-of-Herod, has the Special Privilege of 'Delivering' Dying Persons from the
Snares-of-the-Devil. Moreover, on-account-of the Services which he 'Rendered' for so-many Years to Jesus and
Mary, having by his Labors, 'Provided' them a Dwelling and Food, he has the Privilege of
'Obtaining' the Special Assistance of Jesus and Mary, for his Devout Clients at
My Holy Protector, Saint Joseph, on-account-of my Sins, I Deserve a Bad Death; but if thou Defendest me, I shall not be Lost. Thou wast not only a Great Friend of my Judge,
but thou wast also His Guardian and Adopted Father; 'Recommend' me to thy Jesus, Who Loves thee so-much. I Place myself under thy Protection; Accept me for thy Perpetual Servant. And by that Holy
Company of Jesus and Mary, which thou didst Enjoy on Earth, Obtain that I may never more be 'Separated' from their Love; and, in Fine, by the Attendance of Jesus and Mary, which thou hadst in Death,
Obtain for me, that at my Death, I also may have the Special Assistance of Jesus and Mary. Most Holy Virgin, by the Love which thou didst Bear to thy Holy Spouse, Saint Joseph, 'Help' me at the
Ancient Miraculous Prayer to Saint Joseph
This Prayer was Found in the Fiftieth (50th) 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, nor shall they be 'Burned' in any Fire, nor shall they be 'Overpowered' in Battle.
O Saint Joseph, whose Protection is so-Great, so-Strong, so-Prompt before the Throne-of-God, I Place in you, all my Interests and Desires.
O Saint 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.
O Saint 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, Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, 'Pray' for us.
Many Miracles have been Attributed to this Daily Prayer.
Make this Prayer known everywhere . . .