First Day Novena Prayers with links to audio
NOVENA PRAYERS FOR THE FIRST NIGHT
September 14, 2020
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Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
Msgr. Thomas Sullivan
NOVENA PRAYERS FOR THE FIRST DAY
Saint Joseph, you were privileged to share in the mystery of the Incarnation as the foster-father of Jesus. The Blessed Mother gave her consent to Christ’s conception and allowed the Holy Spirit to form the sacred humanity of Jesus from her blood. But you, St. Joseph, fulfilled the condition necessary for the Incarnation - the protection of Mary's virginity before and during your married life. This was God's plan, foreseen and decreed from all eternity. You shared in the upbringing and protection of the Divine Child as His foster-father. For this purpose the Heavenly Father gave you the heart of a genuine father - a heart full of love and self-sacrifice. With the toil of your hands you offered protection to the Divine Child, and provided food, clothing, and a home for Him. When Herod sought to put the Christ-Child to death, our Father sent an angel to you, giving orders for your flight into Egypt. In your arms the Child returned to Nazareth to be nourished and raised for many years by the labor of your
Yours, St. Joseph, is a special place among the saints of the Kingdom of God, because you were so much a part of the life of the Word of God made Flesh. In your house at Nazareth and under your care the redemption of mankind was prepared. Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of having been chosen by God to be the
foster-father of His Divine Son. Obtain for me the grace of a sincere love for Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Savior. Help me to serve Him with the self-sacrificing love and devotion which you had. Help me to serve God by protecting the lives of others, particularly those who are seriously ill.
Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. After Jesus and Mary, I place my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God and never abandon those who call upon you. Therefore, I ask, by your love for Jesus and Mary, to help me during life, to assist me as I help others as their deaths approach, and at the hour of my own death. Spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a humble and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide and my model through life that I may die as you did, in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Faithful Saint Joseph, follower of Jesus the Lord, I raise my voice to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special intention I now request:
(Here please offer your special intention or request).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers for me will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Remember, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection
or asked for your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in
your goodness, I come before you. Hear my petitions, foster-father of the
Redeemer, and graciously receive them.
on Tuesday, September 15 at 11:00AM