St. Joseph – Father and Husband
We are surrounded with information about St. Joseph, as this year has been dedicated to this quiet man whose yes was just as important as Mary’s. Both husband and father, quiet yet strong.
We know from the Scriptures that he was a just and upright man. If this humble and strong man was the chosen as the earthly father for the Son of God, then shouldn’t we be placing our family into the palms of his hands, every day? Seeking his intercession for our families? We should go to St. Joseph often and ask for his guidance in our own trials of family life and in following the will of God, especially when we don’t seem to understand. St. Joseph is the patron of the Universal Church and of family life.
For just a few minutes, stop. Take a moment and listen to the words of this song. Words that very well could have been in the heart and on the lips of Joseph as he looked upon his foster son; his Saviour.
Go to sleep my Son
This manger for your bed
You have a long road before You
Rest Your little head
Can You feel the weight of Your glory?
Do You understand the price?
Or does the Father guard Your heart for now
So You can sleep tonight?
Go to sleep my Son
Go and chase Your dreams
This world can wait for one more moment
Go and sleep in peace
I believe the glory of Heaven
Is lying in my arms tonight
But Lord, I ask that He for just this moment
Simply be my child
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 of 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 me.
This prayer was found in the fifteenth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle.
Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.