The Prayer to St Joseph

Prayers to St. Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus, date back almost as far as 50 A.D.! Even though he came from King David’s noble ancestry, St. Joseph lived a life of great humility and adoration to his Holy Family as a carpenter.

St Joseph and Infant Jesus
St Joseph and Infant Jesus

Matthew’s gospel characterizes him as a “just man” (1:19). He is the patron saint of the Universal Church, and people call upon his aid for workers, families, home buyers and sellers, and the grace of a happy death, among other requests. St. Thomas Aquinas once noted that St. Joseph is unique among patron saints in that he is able to assist us at any time for anything.

St. Theresa of Avila echoed this idea when she wrote “I know by experience that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all necessities. I never asked him for anything which he did not obtain for me.”

This prayer is among the earliest invocations to St. Joseph, and also one of the best known:

The Prayer to St Joseph

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt 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 departing souls, pray for us. Amen

The St Joseph Novena

Saying a St Joseph Novena can be an effective way to get what you’re asking for. Say these prayers for nine days in a row. Pray with the same cause in your mind each day, and really mean the words you say.

Day 1: Oh God, guide of those who listen and helper of those who hear your voice, speak to me, as you did to St. Joseph, and help me accomplish the things you give me to do .

Day 2: O God, you love your people and bless the ordinary lives we quietly live. As you blessed St. Joseph, bless what I do, however, hidden and simple it may be, and let all I do be done with love.

Day 3: O God, ever faithful, you remember us always and in time reveal your blessings. Help me trust in you, as St. Joseph faithfully trusted, and never let me lose faith in the wonderful gifts you promise me.

Day 4: God of families, bless the family that’s mine. Keep us safe from harm, and never let evil come between us. Let peace remain in our hearts.

Day 5: O God, who loves children, be kind to our children today. Give them eyes of faith for seeing far, a loving heart for welcoming life, and a place always at your side.

Day 6: God of our heavenly home, bless our home on earth. Let the spirit of Mary and Joseph rest at our table, shape our words and actions, and bring blessing to our children.

Day 7: God, our Father, give your fatherly spirit to those who are fathers now. Like Joseph, give them hearts of devoted love for their wives and children and strength for forgiveness and patience.

Day 8: Give shelter, O God, to those who need it, and bring together families divided. Give us enough to eat, and decent work to earn our bread. Care for us, O God.

Day 9: Bless all families, O Lord especially those in need. Remembering the life of your Son, we pray for the poor, for those who lack a good home, for those in exile. Grant them a protector like Joseph, O God.

Prayer to Sell a House

It is believed by some that by burying a St Joseph statue in the yard of a house for sale, will help sell the house more quickly. Whether this actually works or not is up to debate. But, there is certainly no harm in trying.

Read the St Joseph Prayer to sell a House.

Prayer Request: Post Your Own "The Prayer to St Joseph"

If you'd like, you can post your prayer below so the PrayWithMe community can help pray with you.

Rules for Posting: All prayers are posted publicly through to this site. Don't use full names or any other identifying information that you wouldn't want out on the web.

Don't post with ALL CAPS, and try to use proper spelling and grammar.

If you can, help pray for others and post comments of support.

Recent prayer requests...

Tap below to see prayers from other visitors to this site.

  • Visa To Get Granted - Jesus I will ask you to grant my France visa. The embasidor who goes through my application might fill with the Holy Spirit And has… ...
  • My daughter - Prayers for my daughter to come back to the church so she breaks off with the man she is seeing and finds a good man… ...
  • Unequally yoked - Prayer for strength to detach from husband depression, many health issues and not equally yoked. We have been married almost 53 years and staying faithful… ...
  • Sell the Property - St. Joseph, I humbly invoke your assistence in helping my son to sell his acreage ASAP so that he can reduce some of the stress… ...
  • Prayer for a Happy Death - Dear Lord, as my uncle Roger and aunt Sophia, are in their deathbed, I pray that a priest will be available to administer the Last… ...
  • For sale of property - St.Joseph , from the bottom of my heart, I am asking for your assistance in helping my son to sell his acreage as soon as… ...
  • Prayer for a Happy Death - I lift up my prayers to you O God through St. Joseph for a happy death for my uncle Roger and my aunt Sophia as… ...
  • Church prayers - Regarding December 6th and the occasion of The Pagan Statue I pray in the name of Jesus Christ for God to use this for a… ...
  • For my home - Please Saint Joseph let no change come to the house I was offered. Please dont let the council change their mind and please let me… ...
  • to God - i pray that i am able to move out my house and into my cousins that things go right with me and a boy and… ...
  • Selling My home and buying one that I fell in love with - Dear St Joseph, I saw this house today and fell in love with it. I want to sell my home and buy this new one… ...
  • Protection from the negative happenings sent by satan - My neighbor is surrounded by negativity and the evil one has her spinning downward! I have tried hard to help her but Saran is growing… ...
  • Prayer for my housing - Please pray to continue my housing where I live I received a 60-day eviction notice and I'm fighting it in court right now. ...
  • Have my own house/home/property - Dear loving st. Joseph, give me a perfect house to my heart desire, in the perfect place, under grace in a perfect way. I am… ...
  • RN JOB BOB MASSEY - Please St Joseph please kindly intercede & help Bob Massey obtain an RN position. Bob was laid off from Waldbaums/Pathmark after 26yrs of employment with… ...
  • God’s guidance of his grace to Sell House - Pls. Pray God’s guidance of blessings to sell our house with good offer, Lord Jesus, to bringing our family a good buyer, the one who… ...
  • Lord hear my prayers - Healing of dizziness from a head injury for myself. Family unity, financial, bipolar daughter, better relationship with family members, more faith & trust in God,… ...
  • Sell my house in PR - Dear St Joseph, please help us sell our house in PR as soon as possible to a nice couple that are good neighbors to the… ...
  • Sell my daughter’s home - Dear St Joseph..please come to my aid and assist me in the sale of my daughter's home. It has been on the market over 6… ...
  • Prayer for the sale of our home - Good St.Joseph, I pray for the quick sale of my home. I would be ever grateful to sell our home before Thanksgiving before winter is… ...
More prayers posted in: Roman-Catholic