Saint Joseph was Jesus’ earthly adoptive father (some refer to him as foster father) and earthly husband of the Virgin Mother Mary – Jesus’ mum. In the Catholic tradition, Saint Joseph is the Patron Saint of:
Fathers, Workers, Craftspeople, Carpenters, Employment, Families, Real Estate, of the Dying, Confectioners, Engineers and the Catholic Church.
Saint Joseph’s has two distinctive Feast Days: March 19th for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.
As for all novenas there are numerous ways to say them. I personally feel you should find the way that suits you best, perhaps from trial and error. In other words say them how YOU feel the best connection to spirit. Whatever works for YOU and the Saint that you are communing with. I’ve never believed that there is only one way to say them. When you know what feels right, you will know 🙂
I, myself, usually say 9 day novenas wherein I say the novena 9 times in a row, with a “Our Father”, “Hail Mary” and a “Glory Be” after each singular recitation, for 9 recitations in one sitting. Example – novena, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be would count as 1 recitation, with 8 more to go for 9 recitations in one sitting.
Some people say the novena (singular recitation) once a day for 9 days.
Some people say the novena once an hour, at the top of the hour, for 9 hours in a row.
The Saint Joseph Novena