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Universal Novena To Saint Joseph

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 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

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, 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. Amen
O Saint Joseph, hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. O Saint Joseph, pray for me. (Mention your intention)



Novena to Saint Jude

Saint Jude 3Most Blessed Saint Jude ~ The Patron Saint of Desperate Cases and Lost Causes

There are a number of Novenas to Blessed Saint Jude, and within those Novenas, a number of ways to say them ~ those of which I will list here.

I was raised Catholic, though my spirituality now is a rather eclectic mix.  I still pray novenas the way I learned, such as: pray the novena 9 times consecutively with each followed by 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary” and 1 “Glory Be” each day, prayed for 9 consecutive days.  The praying of 9 times per day in one sitting for 9 days stems from the 9 days the Apostles prayed together during the time between Jesus’ Ascension and the Pentecost.

Please note, however, that there are not any hard and fast rules and how you pray a novena is really up to you.  Some people pray the novena for 9 hours a day, praying the novena once time each hour for for 9 hours.  Some split their prayers into a morning session and evening session. Some novenas call for a short prayer to be said once a day for 9 days.  Some novenas are 3 or 5 day novenas. Some people burn a 9 day candle (me) some don’t.  As you become familiar with the saint to which you are praying and establish that relationship, you will find what is comfortable to you both 🙂

At the end of your novena, it is customary to publicly thank your Saint for their help and guidance.  This is particularly true for Saint Jude.  Before the Internet, people used to take out a “Thank You” notice in the paper, which some still do.  In this day and age of the Internet though, there are many sites (this being one) wherein you may publicly extend your thanks.  Spreading the love far and wide via social media, such as Facebook and Twitter are also great ways to send one’s thanks.  

Without further ado~

A traditional Novena to Saint Jude said 9 times a day consecutively for 9 days:

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus,  the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult  cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. 

Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is  almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive  the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and  sufferings, particularly –
(make your request here)

– and that I may praise  God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be  ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as  my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen

(Add one “Our Father”,  one “Hail Mary” and one “Glory Be” after each recitation)

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