Prayer for Feast of St. Joseph 

 March 19, 

Image from the prayer card made by Bonnella Italia available at AquinasandMore.com

Image from the prayer card made by Bonella of Milan, Italy


The Feast of Saint Joseph 

May 1st is Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker

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. Amen.

According to tradition, this prayer was found in the 50th year of our LORD Jesus Christ. Likewise, according to tradition, whoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on him. He will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will he be defeated in battle. Saint Joseph is so powerful that one of his titles is the Terror of Demons.

Some books tell us to say this prayer for 9 consecutive mornings, others recommend 9 consecutive days. Every source I’ve seen says to ask for anything you desire. St. Joseph answered prayers for me swiftly in the past when I was desperately seeking help on how to love God, when my mom died and when my grad daughter was in NICU. I hope to pray this awesome ancient prayer also. Definitely will do so March 19th and May 1st, please join me. I am doing another novena right now. This one would be awesome.

St. Patrick Prayer

A St. PATRICK PRAYER attributed to his Breastplate and probably written by the druids he converted in the 5th century. A great prayer against the darkness and forces of evil.

He is a saint for missionaries and I will pray this for my daughter who is a missionary and my husband who was baptized in St. Patrick’s day.

Also, it is a great meditation or way to do Lectio Divina, if you like.

Well, top of the morning to you all!

I bind unto myself today

The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

via St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Hope you enjoyed this ancient St. Patrick prayer. IT is fun to do the green thing, eat corned beef and cabbage, drink beer, and hang with lepracons. But it is more fun to pray for others and ourselves as God is real and St. Patrick knew this.