Prayers and Readings for the Feast of St. Joseph

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The painting of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus above is by John Collier.


Litany of St. Joseph

Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

St. Joseph, pray for us (after each line)
Noble son of the House of David,
Light of Patriarchs,
Husband of the Mother of God,
Guardian of the Virgin,
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Faithful guardian of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph chaste and just,
Joseph prudent and brave,
Joseph obedient and loyal,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of workers,
Example to parents,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of family life,
Comfort of the troubled,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of evil spirits,
Protector of the Church,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
Have mercy on us.

V. God made him master of his household. 
R. And put him in charge of all he owned.

Let us pray. 
Almighty God, in your infinite wisdom and love you chose Joseph to be the husband of mary, the mother of your Son. As we enjoy his protection on earth may we have the help of his prayers in heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


“But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived of her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.'”

Matthew 1: 20-21


“It was as if the angel were saying to Joseph, ‘Do not imagine that, because he is conceived of the Holy Spirit, that you have no part in the ministry of this new dispensation. In the conception you had no part…Nevertheless I am giving to you what pertains to a father. I give you the honor of giving a name to the One who is to be born. For you, Joseph, shall name him. For thought the offspring is not your own, yet you are called to exhibit a father’s care towards him.'”

St. John Chrysostom