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How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary

How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary

How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary

Please join us A.D. April 10 2017 C.LF. (Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima) as we begin our 33 Day Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. Our Consecration date will be on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima!

Guest Post By: Julia-Anne Therese

Canadian Catechist has been telling me people have been asking him about how to go about doing this consecration.  Well, here you go!

Step 1: Choose a Marian feast.  Well, we already chose one for the sake of this blog series: Our Lady of Fatima.  But if you feel like Mary is calling you to a different day, you can choose another Marian Feast.  Some examples are the Annunciation (March 25), Visitation (May 31), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (June 27), Presentation of Mary (November 21), and Immaculate Conception (December 8).

Step 2: This step has multi parts to it.

A. Work 33 days back from that day.  For example, for Our Lady of Fatima, your start date will be April 10.  Which means you have to complete steps B-D before April 10.

B. Choose the resource you want to use to get the daily Consecration preparation readings from.  Here are some examples:

Preparation for Total Consecration: This one, by St. Louis de Montfort, is the classic one that most people use.  You have a series of prayers that you say each day and then have other reflections associated with it each day.  It is divided into four phases.  You can find it here (https://www.amazon.com/Preparation-Total-Consecration-Louis-Montfort/dp/0910984107/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=97AMFYB7DFNPR5GG5P7A).  This is the one I used last time and definitely the one I would use again.

33 Days to Morning Glory:  This one, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, is another way people have done the consecration.  It is divided into five parts and features different Saints.  Personally, it is for those who need something easy for the first time to go through it (if you do not have a lot of time).  It is very simplified and to the point.  I am sure if you want to combine it with St. Louis de Montfort’s it would be fine.  If you do this one, it is not that you will not receive as much graces as if you do one of the others, but you may find it “basic” in nature.

You can find it here, or on FORMED.org:

https://www.amazon.com/Days-Morning-Glory-Do-Yourself/dp/1596142448/ref=pd_sim_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=MEWW6SPKH8MQFZQ2QK21

Totus Tuus (McMaster):  This is what my mom did when she did the Consecration to Jesus through Mary back for Immaculate Conception.  She loved the mix of the fact it was the Consecration with Pope St. John Paul II.  It features many of his writings and she appreciated the depth in it that she said 33 Days did not have for her.  It would probably be good for those who do not think they can handle the depth of Preparation for Total Consecration but think 33 Days is too simple for them.  You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Totus-Tuus-Consecration-Through-Blessed/dp/161278643X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484497157&sr=1-1&keywords=consecration+to+jesus+through+mary

Totus Tuus (Cromly):  This is another copy of the Total Consecration book I have.  Fr. Cromly, if you do not know who he is, is a member of the Community of St. John and in charge of Eagle Eye Ministries.  I had the blessing of having him one time for spiritual direction and also took a week of classes with him back in 2012.  If I remember right, he accredited the Total Consecration in the fact that it helped him find his vocation.  This also has readings of Pope St. John Paul II and everything is well-arranged.  There are also beautiful pictures to help you along the way.  If I cannot find my copy of St. Louis de Montfort in time, I am probably using my copy of it this time.  You can find it here:  https://www.amazon.com/Totus-Tuus-Contemplative-Approach-Consecration-ebook/dp/B01E5T56FK/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484497170&sr=1-14&keywords=consecration+to+jesus+through+mary

Other tools that have the 33 Day Preparation: http://totalconsecration.newevangelizers.com/schedule/%20-%20Audio%20links

http://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html  they have the 33 Days listed and divided into a four week period.  This is the St. Louis de Montfort text.

Marian Consecration Meditations:  This one is in Ladaute (the app) and used as a companion to 33 Days to Morning Glory

C. Spend your Lent reading True Devotion of Mary by St. Louis de Montfort.  I did not do this the first time I consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary, but I will this time.

D. The weekend before you begin the preparation, I strongly suggest going to the Sacrament of Confession.  This will help you have graces to get through the preparation, because I will attest, it can be difficult, and you will face spiritual warfare.

Step 4: On April 10 (or whatever day you start), you go through the 33 days.  Try to frequent Communion as much as possible during this time.

Step 5: On the 34th day, you go to Confession, go to Communion, give alms (if you want, in the form of a votive candle is fine) and then write out the Consecration prayer on a piece of paper, signing it and dating it.  You can also find the Consecration prayer listed on the Fisheaters website I posted above.  Hang it up in a place that you can always remember how you consecrated yourself to Jesus through Mary.

By the way, if you would like to join our Facebook group that is doing the 33 Day Consecration on Facebook to help with accountability in doing it, here is the official link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/229778817474760/

God bless!

Why you Should do the Marian Consecration A.D. 2017 C.L.F….

Why you Should do the Marian Consecration A.D. 2017 C.L.F….

 A.D. 2017 C.L.F. is the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima

 

Why you should do the Marian Consecration ….

Guest Post By: Julia-Anne Therese

 

In life, when we want something, we more than likely ask our parents for it. When a guy wants to propose to his girlfriend, he should ask her dad.  When we want to be able to gain permission to do something, we ask our parents.  We are trying to gain something through it.  Now, what if you could get closer to Jesus by asking His Mother to help you?  That is something that for probably many of you seems second nature but in a lot of ways it does not at the same time. Mary is the one human in all of human history that is the closest to Jesus.  No one will surpass her and not anyone will ever come close.  She said “yes!” to the Angel Gabriel to have Jesus be conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Mary’s body was made to have the son of God.  With that said, in Mary’s humility, she always pointed towards to Jesus.  She silently adored Him as He was in her womb.  She pointed to him at the Wedding of Cana.  It is no wonder that we Catholics turn to Mary so much.

 

One way that throughout the centuries, people have turned to Mary is by the fact they consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary. It is a way to serve our Lord better and to help Him be there more in our lives.  The formalized version of this Total Consecration dates back to St. Louis de Montfort in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through his book True Devotion of Mary which led to Preparing for Total Consecration of Jesus through Mary.  Throughout time, there have been other priests who have created books for the Total Consecration, but it is essentially the same thing: 33 days of preparation for giving yourself totally and completely to Jesus through Mary on a Marian feast.  Once you do it, you should renew it every year on the same Marian feast hypothetically, but sometimes people do switch around Marian feasts.

 

There are many articles online that explain why you should do the Total Consecration. The Saints have done it and advocated it throughout the ages.  If you love Mary and Jesus and grow closer to them, it is a great way to do so!  People can have spiritual warfare as part of it, but persevere – Mary will also help you!  After all, she did crush Satan’s head.

 

But why not regardless do it this year …. For Fatima

 

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.  To this day, when Our Lady appeared to the shepherd children of Fatima is one of the best known Marian apparitions, and to think it is just within the past 100 years!  There are so many reasons that even if you have already consecrated yourselves to Jesus through Mary for Our Lady of Fatima.  The start date is April 10, which is the Monday of Holy Week.  But why Our Lady of Fatima?  Here is a few reasons ….

 

  • The 100th Anniversary is on a Saturday: As part of the Consecration, you should go to Confession and Mass as part of it. Unless we make a habit of it, it can be hard to go to Daily Mass during the week because of work. But because it is on a Saturday, you are able to do all of those things since you do not have any obligations of a job! Plus Saturday is typically reserved as Mary’s day.

 

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  • May is Mary’s month. May is a month that we honor Mary. What more to show a way that you want to grow closer to her than growing closer to Jesus?

 

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  • The final war will be between Satan and the family: Revealed to be the final secret at Fatima, the final war that Satan will engage in is the war of the family. We see that battle being alive and well through the fact that there are so many broken families in today’s society. What more to be a witness on earth by having your spouse and you (with your family) do the Total Consecration? That will give you the spiritual strength to get through any hardship that gets in the way.

 

 

  • It is a way to grow spiritually post-Lent: Since the first day of preparation just so happens to be during Holy Week, it is a great way to continue the graces you received during Lent of being more prayerful during the Easter season! Once you have consecrated yourselves, you are naturally going to be wanting to be more prayerful!

 

 

There you have it. Four reasons why you should do it during this 100th year of Fatima.

 

Stay tuned for a future post on resources!

Tomorrow I Will Come!

THE O ANTIPHONS

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THE O ANTIPHONS

As her final phase of preparation for Christmas, the Church recites or chants the  O Antiphons  during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. The  O Antiphons  express the Church’s longing for and expectation of the Messiah, and her startled wonderment at the fullness of grace which the Christ-Child is about to bestow on the world.

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in Advent and to whom we address these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us. The O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparations, but they bring our preparations to a joyful conclusion.

Dec. 17 – O Sapientia: O Wisdom (Eccl 24: 5), you came forth from the mouth of the Most High (Sir 24: 30) and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly (Wis 8: 1). Come, and teach us the way of prudence (Isa 40: 14).

 

Dec. 18 – O Adonai: O Adonai or O Lord and Ruler (Exod 6: 13) of the house of Israel (Matt 2: 6), you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush (Exod 3: 2); on Mount Sinai, you gave him your Law (Exod 20). Come, and with outstretched arm, redeem us (Jer 32: 21).

 

Dec. 19 – O Radix Jesse: O Root of Jesse, you stand for the ensign of all mankind (Isa 11: 10); before you, kings shall keep silence and, to you, all nations shall have recourse (Isa 52: 15). Come, and save us, and do not delay (Hab 2: 3).

 

Dec. 20 – O Clavis David: O Key of David (Apoc 3: 7), Scepter of the House of Israel, you open and no man closes; you close and no man opens (Isa 22: 22). Come, and deliver him from the chains of prison who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death (Ps 107: 10).

 

Dec. 21 – O Oriens: O Rising Dawn (Zac 6: 12), Radiance of the Light eternal (Hab 3: 4) and Sun of Justice (Mal 3: 20), come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death (Ps 107: 10; Lk 1: 78).

 

Dec. 22 – O Rex Gentium: O King of the Gentiles (Hag 2: 8), Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one (Eph 2: 20). Come, and save poor man whom you fashion out of clay (Gen 2: 7).

 

Dec. 23 – O Emmanuel: O Emmanuel (Isa 7: 14; 8: 8), our King and Lawgiver (Gen 49:10; cf. Ezek 21: 32), the Expected of the nations and their Savior (Isa 33: 22), come, and save us, O Lord our God.

   In  JM+JT,

           Lee

Ezekiel Watchmen!

Prophet Ezekiel

In the last few months I have found myself reading the Great Prophet Ezekiel. I find his writings very mysterious, and at times hard to understand. One thing that I have learned from studying Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition is that the WORD written down by Ezekiel inspired by God, can have many meanings. For instance, Ezekiel could have been writing to his Hebrew brothers and sisters, or perhaps the to Babylonians who had captured him and brought him a way from his home, OR maybe, just maybe, he could have been writing this for us.

To make it even more confusing, the Great Prophet Ezekiel very well could have been writing for all of the above. That is the amazing characteristic of Holy Scripture, it can have so many layers and depths to it. The WORD can speak to the individual in a very personal and intimate way, and He can also speak to a group or country in a different way. In fact, the WORD speaks to us all, and at all times, we just need to listen, or read.

God is AMAZING!

Here is a passage from the Great Prophet Ezekiel 34:1-15…

[1] And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: [2] Son of man, prophesy concerning the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves: should not the flocks be fed by the shepherds? [3] You ate the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed. [4] The weak you have not strengthened, and that which was sick you have not healed, that which was broken you have not bound up, and that which was driven away you have not brought again, neither have you sought that which was lost: but you ruled over them with rigour, and with a high hand. [5] And my sheep were scattered, because there was no shepherd: and they became the prey of all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.

[2] Shepherds: That is, princes, magistrates, chief priests, and scribes.

[6] My sheep have wandered in every mountain, and in every high hill: and my flocks were scattered upon the face of the earth, and there was none that sought them, there was none, I say, that sought them. [7] Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: [8] As I live, saith the Lord God, forasmuch as my flocks have been made a spoil, and my sheep are become a prey to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd: for my shepherds did not seek after my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flocks: [9] Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: [10] Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself come upon the shepherds, I will require my flock at their hand, and I will cause them to cease from feeding the flock any more, neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more: and I will deliver my flock from their mouth, and it shall no more be meat for them.

[11] For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself will seek my sheep, and will visit them. [12] As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. [13] And I will bring them out from the peoples, and will gather them out of the countries, and will bring them to their own land: and I will feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the habitations of the land. [14] I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel: there shall they rest on the green grass, and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel. [15] I will feed my sheep: and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.

[16] I will seek that which was lost: and that which was driven away, I will bring again: and I will bind up that which was broken, and I will strengthen that which was weak, and that which was fat and strong I will preserve: and I will feed them in judgment. [17] And as for you, O my flocks, thus saith the Lord God: Behold I judge between cattle and cattle, of rams and of he goats.

 

In JM+JT,

Lee

Laudem Gloriae!

The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope

The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope

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James A. Toups

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted here on Canadian Catechist. Why? Because I’ve been dealing with a “Storm” of my own. Some of it has come from outside of myself, and some of it has come from inside of myself. The truth is that all of us go through different “Storms” of our own. We can let our own personal “Storms” destroy us, or we can choose to use them as stepping stones to sanctification and a closer relationship with God. James Toups chose the latter.

James Toups  gives a very personal testimony of his personal storms in his latest book “The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope“. I don’t usually do book reviews on here, but James is such a great example of what a Catholic man should be that I really thought I should do a review. I really want my readers to meet the man I know as Jay. He is cool and calm under pressure, and now I know why. Everyone should read his book and learn from a man who has lots of experience dealing with the “Storms” of life.

James shares his experiences of growing up in the Deep Cajun South of Louisiana. He shares with us his experiences as a son, father, grandson, and grandfather. He shares his experiences with life and death. We hear about the deep faith of nuns, teachers, and family members throughout his personal account.

There are real “Storms” in the book also. Jay and his family had to face and evacuate because of Hurricane Camille and Hurricane Katrina.  At every turn, Jay turned to God! Jay trusts in God’s Providence and in His plan. No matter how bad things got, Jay turned to God! We can all learn from Jay.

Today, more than every, we NEED Hope! James Toups shares some of his hope with us in this wonderful book “The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope“.  We are living in the midst of a “STORM” right now! How are we going to deal with the “STORM” that’s coming? Jay has the answer, we must turn to God and ask for His mercy. No matter how bad things get, we must KNOW that God is in control! God will allow really “bad stuff” to happen, but He will ALWAYS draw good from it in His way. Jesus I trust in THEE!

    In JM+JT,

           Lee

Holy Week in Spain

Holy Week in Spain

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Holy Week

At the bottom of the post is a link from MALAGA SPAIN where we can watch the AMAZING HOLY WEEK processions that take place everyday this week. You have to watch this, it is AMAZING!

   Holy Week  is a time of great penance and reflection. It is the most important time of the year to reflect on Jesus’s approach to the Cross. As Jesus’s Passion approaches it is a special time to reflect on what He did for me,  my family, and the entire World ; how Jesus willingly chose to go through torture, humiliation, and execution for all of us, knowing that MANY would turn their backs on Him.  I think about the twelve Apostles and their last week with Jesus before His Crucifixion on Good Friday. I will contemplate the Last Supper, what happened at the Garden of Gethsemane, the Scourging at the Pillar, and the rest of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Like St Ignatius of Loyola suggests : I will try to imagine being at these actual places and take part in what happened.

     Some suggestions: look at Jesus’s hands as He turns the simple bread into His Body. Watch His hands as He holds the chalice of wine and turns it into His Blood. Watch Jesus wash the feet of His Apostle’s ; always teaching us through His Word and His actions. Imagine the way Jesus felt at the Last Supper knowing that Judas was going to betray him for thirty pieces of silver. Can you imagine? Betray your Creator, Jesus, whom you just spent the last three years of your life with ?

 To be honest, every time I commit a sin, I betray Jesus! Every time I sin, I add a lash to His Scourging. Every time I sin, Jesus sweats a tear of blood because of me. Every time I sin, I strike the nail through His hands and His feet. Every time I sin, I pierce our Lord through His precious side! Let me never forget dear Lord that you carried and assumed all of my personal sins onto yourself!

Jesus in His human nature, literally took all of the sins of mankind into and onto His body. Can you imagine the actual weight of all of mankind’s sins ; past, present, and future?  I have a hard time living with my own sins, never mind someone else’s. Think about it. Can you imagine carrying around someone else’s sins? Jesus didn’t just do it for those who love Him. Jesus chose to take the sins of those who hate him to!  Thank you Jesus!

Holy Week  Video from Spain with a  live link for Holy Week Events !  Click on En Directo and you will have live feed of Holy Week from Spain. Here is a link for the schedule of Holy Week events.

 

Here is a link to live Holy Week events in Spain!!!

    Have a truly  Holy Week !

     In JM+JT,

                 Lee

The Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed

Life Everlasting

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The Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed

Before I try and give a short catechesis on The Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed  I want to let my readers know that I have been having my own struggles about the direction that many in the hierarchy have been trying to steer Christ’s Ship. I know that many are in the same Boat as I am, and at times, I admit that I have been looking at the height of the waves and watching the storm instead of holding on to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. I have had to be careful about reading too much of the Catholic news and blogs, and it has helped greatly! One thing that pains me greatly is the confusion and scandal that this current pope has caused with real faithful Catholics. It is not right. I could go on and on about the damage that he has done, but I won’t, that is not my job here, I’m going to share with you the  ENTIRETY of TRUTH  with CHARITY and CLARITY, the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST! My job and vocation is to be a loving husband to my wife, a loving father to my four beautiful children, and an arrow to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. That’s right, an arrow. Everything I say and do should be like an arrow sign directing souls to Christ and His Church. I think we are all called to be  “arrows”  in a sense.

The first question in many real catechisms goes something like this: What is the purpose of life, or why are we born? The answer is: to praise (to know), reverence (love), and serve God. That’s it folks, the answer to the timeless question is answered on the first page of a grade one catechism. So how  better to praise (know), reverence (love), and serve God than to be a sign post, or an arrow pointing to God? Yes, I admit, that sometimes the arrow has pointed in different directions, even to myself, but it’s supposed to ALWAYS be pointed towards Christ and HIS Church!     BE AN ARROW!

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 Now comes the important stuff, The Twelfth Article of The Apostles’ Creed, Life Everlasting. One of the most important elements to try and get through to my readers is the idea of everlasting or eternal life. Jesus says it best here in the Gospel of St John Chapter 17:1-3 here “[1] These things Jesus spoke, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said: Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee. [2] As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. [3] Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. ”  WOW!  EVERYTHING we NEED to know about eternal life is written in these three verses! Please take some time to meditate on these three verses. From our baptism to Eternal Life, life everlasting, that’s what this life, our life should be all about. Reaching the goal of spending ETERNITY with God.

This is our hope and the promise that Jesus has given us! It is why we get baptized to begin with. It all is supposed to come full circle; that we begin with God in baptism and that we end up with God in Eternal Life!

This is some more from Holy Scripture taken from the Book of Revelation Chapter 21: 3-4  ” [3] And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God. [4] And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away. ”   

These are amazing promises! We will see God vis a vis, face to face, with no creature in between, as He really is! Also known as the Beatific Vision, seeing God face to face. All of this is great, BUT, it comes with a condition. We must cooperate with the graces He gives throughout our lives to the best of our ability, and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ through His Church. Of course we have free will, and God respects the gift that He has given us. If we “choose” to not die in a state of grace, then our souls will be lost forever, they will descend into the pits of hell and be tormented forever.

He brings us into His life with baptism, and leads us to eternal life with the help of His Sacraments and those that dispense those sacraments, the Catholic priests.  Where sacraments are dispensed, there are the priests!

This was just a very short catechesis on the Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed, Life Everlasting, more will follow at some time, if God wills it!

ps     Please pray for priests everywhere

Please pray for the Pope

     May  Almighty God protect us from the world, the devil, the heretics, and ourselves!

        In  JM+JT,

                 Lee

9 Day Novena Crusade to St Joseph

9 Day Novena Crusade to St Joseph

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9 Day Novena Crusade to St Joseph

Please join us in praying a  9 Day Novena Crusade to St Joseph starting on  MARCH 10! I am proposing that we join together in prayer, like in the past during our Rosary Crusades, to pray for the Catholic Church, the Bishops, an end to abortion, and for global peace. We are in REALLY DARK TIMES folks, and I mean REALLY DARK! If you don’t know this then please pray that God truly opens your eyes! Our only hope is in Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! We have the opportunity to join in prayer for 9 days starting on  March 10 until the Feast of St Joseph on March 19th ,which also happens to be my late father’s birthday.

You can also add your own private intentions to our 9 Day Novena Crusade to St Joseph ,  or pray this entirely on your own as a 9 Day Novena to St Joseph. I have all the prayers for the 9 Day Novena Crusade to St Joseph  posted below.

Novena to
St. Joseph

*NOVENA PRAYER
*(prayer to be said at the end of each day’s devotion)

Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you. You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you 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 grace I now implore:

(Mention your request).

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.

Source of Novena prayers are from EWTN:

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/joseph.htm#novena prayer

Day One
FOSTER-FATHER OF JESUS

Saint Joseph, you were privileged to share in the mystery of the Incarnation as the foster-father of Jesus. Mary alone was directly connected with the fulfillment of the mystery, in that she gave her consent to Christ’s conception and allowed the Holy Spirit to form the sacred humanity of Jesus from her blood. You had a part in this mystery in an indirect manner, by fulfilling the condition necessary for the Incarnation — the protection of Mary’s virginity before and during your married life with her. You made the virginal marriage possible, and this was a part of God’s plan, foreseen, willed, and decreed from all eternity.

In a more direct manner you shared in the support, upbringing, and protection of the Divine Child as His foster-father. For this purpose the Heavenly Father gave you a genuine heart of a father — a heart full of love and self-sacrifice. With the toil of your hands you were obliged to offer protection to the Divine Child, to procure for Him food, clothing, and a home. You were truly the saint of the holy childhood of Jesus — the living created providence which watched over the Christ-Child.

When Herod sought the Child to put Him to death, the Heavenly Father sent an angel but only as a messenger, giving orders for the flight; the rest He left entirely in your hands. It was that fatherly love which was the only refuge that received and protected the Divine Child. Your fatherly love carried Him through the desert into Egypt until all enemies were removed. Then on your arms the Child returned to Nazareth to be nourished and provided for during many years by the labor of your hands. Whatever a human son owes to a human father for all the benefits of his up-bringing and support, Jesus owed to you, because you were to Him a foster-father, teacher, and protector.

You served the Divine Child with a singular love. God gave you a heart filled with heavenly, supernatural love — a love far deeper and more powerful than any natural father’s love could be.

You served the Divine Child with great unselfishness, without any regard to self-interest, but not without sacrifices. You did not toil for yourself, but you seemed to be an instrument intended for the benefit of others, to be put aside as soon as it had done its word, for you disappeared from the scene once the childhood of Jesus had passed.

You were the shadow of the Heavenly Father not only as the earthly representative of the authority of the Father, but also by means of your fatherhood — which only appeared to be natural — you were to hide for a while the divinity of Jesus. What a wonderfully sublime and divine vocation was yours — the loving Child which you carried in your arms, and loved and served so faithfully, had God in Heaven as Father and was Himself God!

Yours is a very special rank among the saints of the Kingdom of God, because you were so much a part of the very life of the Word of God made Man. In your house at Nazareth and under your care the redemption of mankind was prepared. What you accomplished, you did for us. You are not only a powerful and great saint in the Kingdom of God, but a benefactor of the whole of Christendom and mankind. Your rank in the Kingdom of God, surpassing far in dignity and honor of all the angels, deserves our very special veneration, love, and gratitude.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of having been chosen by God to be the foster-father of His Divine Son. As a token of your own gratitude to God for this your greatest privilege, obtain for me the grace of a very devoted love for Jesus Christ, my God and my Savior. Help me to serve Him with some of the self-sacrificing love and devotion which you had while on this earth with Him. Grant that through your intercession with Jesus, your foster-Son, I may reach the degree of holiness God has destined for me, and save my soul.

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Second Day
VIRGINAL HUSBAND OF MARY

Saint Joseph, I honor you as the true husband of Mary. Scripture says: “Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, and of her was born Jesus who is called Christ” (Matt. 1:16). Your marriage to Mary was a sacred contract by which you and Mary gave yourselves to each other. Mary really belonged to you with all she was and had. You had a right to her love and obedience; and no other person so won her esteem, obedience, and love.

You were also the protector and witness of Mary’s virginity. By your marriage you gave to each other your virginity, and also the mutual right over it — a right to safeguard the other’s virtue. This mutual virginity also belonged to the divine plan of the Incarnation, for God sent His angel to assure you that motherhood and virginity in Mary could be united.

This union of marriage not only brought you into daily familiar association with Mary, the loveliest of God’s creatures, but also enabled you to share with her a mutual exchange of spiritual goods. And Mary found her edification in your calm, humble, and deep virtue, purity, and sanctity. What a great honor comes to you from this close union with her whom the Son of God calls Mother and whom He declared the Queen of heaven and earth! Whatever Mary had belonged by right to you also, and this included her Son, even though He had been given to her by God in a wonderful way. Jesus belonged to you as His legal father. Your marriage was the way which God chose to have Jesus introduced into the world, a great divine mystery from which all benefits have come to us.

God the Son confided the guardianship and the support of His Immaculate Mother to your care. Mary’s life was that of the Mother of the Savior, who did not come upon earth to enjoy honors and pleasures, but to redeem the world by hard work, suffering, and the cross. You were the faithful companion, support, and comforter of the Mother of Sorrows. How loyal you were to her in poverty, journeying, work, and pain. Your love for Mary was based upon your esteem for her as Mother of God. After God and the Divine Child, you loved no one as much as her. Mary responded to this love. She submitted to your guidance with naturalness and easy grace and childlike confidence. The Holy Spirit Himself was the bond of the great love which united your hearts.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being the virginal husband of Mary. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus with all my heart, as you did, and  love Mary with some of the tenderness and loyalty with which you loved her.

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Third Day
MAN CHOSEN BY THE BLESSED TRINITY

Saint Joseph, you were the man chosen by God the Father. He selected you to be His representative on earth, hence He granted you all the graces and blessings you needed to be His worthy representative.

You were the man chosen by God the Son. Desirous of a worthy foster-father, He added His own riches and gifts, and above all, His love. The true measure of your sanctity is to be judged by your imitation of Jesus. You were entirely consecrated to Jesus, working always near Him, offering Him your virtues, your work, your sufferings, your very life. Jesus lived in you perfectly so that you were transformed into Him. In this lies your special glory, and the keynote of your sanctity. Hence, after Mary, you are the holiest of the saints.

You were chosen by the Holy Spirit. He is the mutual Love of the Father and the Son — the heart of the Holy Trinity. In His wisdom He draws forth all creatures from nothing, guides them to their end in showing them their destiny and giving them the means to reach it. Every vocation and every fulfillment of a vocation proceeds from the Holy Spirit. As a foster-father of Jesus and head of the Holy Family, you had an exalted and most responsible vocation — to open the way for the redemption of the world and to prepare for it by the education and guidance of the youth of the God-Man. In this work you cooperated as the instrument of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was the guide; you obeyed and carried out the works. How perfectly you obeyed the guidance of the God of Love!

The words of the Old Testament which Pharaoh spoke concerning Joseph of Egypt can well be applied to you: “Can we find such another man, that is full of the spirit of God, or a wise man like to him?” (Gen. 41:38). No less is your share in the divine work of God than was that of Egypt. You now reign with your foster-Son and see reflected in the mirror of God’s Wisdom the Divine Will and what is of benefit to our souls.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for having made you the man specially chosen by Him. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to imitate your virtues so that I too may be pleasing to the Heart of God. Help me to give myself entirely to His service and to the accomplishment of His Holy Will, that one day I may reach heaven and be eternally united to God as you are.

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Fourth Day
FAITHFUL SERVANT

Saint Joseph, you lived for one purpose — to be the personal servant of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Your noble birth and ancestry, the graces and gifts, so generously poured out on you by God — all this was yours to serve our Lord better. Every thought, word, and action of yours was a homage to the love and glory of the Incarnate Word. You fulfilled most faithfully the role of a good and faithful servant who cared for the House of God.

How perfect was your obedience! Your position in the Holy Family obliged you to command, but besides being the foster-father of Jesus, you were also His disciple. For almost thirty years, you watched the God-Man display a simple and prompt obedience, and you grew to love and practice it very perfectly yourself. Without exception you submitted to God, to the civil rulers, and to the voice of your conscience.

When God sent an angel to tell you to care for Mary, you obeyed in spite of the mystery which surrounded her motherhood. When you were told to flee into Egypt under painful conditions, you obeyed without the slightest word of complaint. When God advised you in a dream to return to Nazareth, you obeyed. In every situation your obedience was as simple as your faith, as humble as your heart, as prompt as your love. It neglected nothing; it took in every command.

You had the virtue of perfect devotedness, which marks a good servant. Every moment of your life was consecrated to the service of our Lord: sleep, rest, work, pain. Faithful to your duties, you sacrificed everything unselfishly, even cheerfully. You would have sacrificed even the happiness of being with Mary. The rest and quiet of Nazareth was sacrificed at the call of duty. Your entire life was one generous giving, even to the point of being ready to die in proof of your love for Jesus and Mary. With true unselfish devotedness you worked without praise or reward.

But God wanted you to be in a certain sense a cooperator in the Redemption of the world. He confided to you the care of nourishing and defending the Divine Child. He wanted you to be poor and to suffer because He destined you to be the foster-father of His Son, who came into the world to save men by His sufferings and death, and you were to share in His suffering. In all of these important tasks, the Heavenly Father always found you a faithful servant!

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being God’s faithful servant. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to be a faithful servant of God as you were. Help me to share, as you did, the perfect obedience of Jesus, who came not to do His Will, but the Will of His Father; to trust in the Providence of God, knowing that if I do His Will, He will provide for all my needs of soul and body; to be calm in my trials and to leave it to our Lord to free me from them when it pleases Him to do so. And help me to imitate your generosity, for there can be no greater reward here on earth than the joy and honor of being a faithful servant of God.

*NOVENA PRAYER

 

Fifth Day
PATRON OF THE CHURCH

Saint Joseph, God has appointed you patron of the Catholic Church because you were the head of the Holy Family, the starting-point of the Church. You were the father, protector, guide and support of the Holy Family. For that reason you belong in a particular way to the Church, which was the purpose of the Holy Family’s existence.

I believe that the Church is the family of God on earth. Its government is represented in priestly authority which consists above all in its power over the true Body of Christ, really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, thus continuing Christ’s life in the Church. From this power, too, comes authority over the Mystical Body of Christ, the members of the Church — the power to teach and govern souls, to reconcile them with God, to bless them, and to pray for them.

You have a special relationship to the priesthood because you possessed a wonderful power over our Savior Himself. Your life and office were of a priestly function and are especially connected with the Blessed Sacrament. To some extent you were the means of bringing the Redeemer to us — as it is the priest’s function to bring Him to us in the Mass — for you reared Jesus, supported, nourished, protected and sheltered Him. You were prefigured by the patriarch Joseph, who kept supplies of wheat for his people. But how much greater than he were you! Joseph of old gave the Egyptians mere bread for their bodies. You nourished, and with the most tender care, preserved for the Church Him who is the Bread of Heaven and who gives eternal life in Holy Communion.

God has appointed you patron of the Church because the glorious title of patriarch also falls by special right to you. The patriarchs were the heads of families of the Chosen People, and theirs was the honor to prepare for the Savior’s incarnation. You belonged to this line of patriarchs, for you were one of the last descendants of the family of David and one of the nearest forebears of Christ according to the flesh. As husband of Mary, the Mother of God, and as the foster-father of the Savior, you were directly connected with Christ. Your vocation was especially concerned with the Person of Jesus; your entire activity centered about Him. You are, therefore, the closing of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New, which took its rise with the Holy Family of Nazareth. Because the New Testament surpasses the Old in every respect, you are the patriarch of patriarchs, the most venerable, exalted, and amiable of all the patriarchs.

Through Mary, the Church received Christ, and therefore the Church is indebted to her. But the Church owes her debt of gratitude and veneration to you also, for you were the chosen one who enabled Christ to enter into the world according to the laws of order and fitness. It was by you that the patriarchs and the prophets and the faithful reaped the fruit of God’s promise. Alone among them all, you saw with your own eyes and possessed the Redeemer promised to the rest of men.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being the Patron of the Church. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to live always as a worthy member of this Church, so that through it I may save my soul. Bless the priests, the religious, and the laity of the Catholic Church, that they may ever grow in God’s love and faithfulness in His service. Protect the Church from the evils of our day and from the persecution of her enemies. Through your powerful intercession may the church successfully accomplish its mission in this world — the glory of God and the salvation of souls!

*NOVENA PRAYER

 

Sixth Day
PATRON OF FAMILIES

Saint Joseph, I venerate you as the gentle head of the Holy Family. The Holy Family was the scene of your life’s work in its origin, in its guidance, in its protection, in your labor for Jesus and Mary, and even in your death in their arms. You lived, moved, and acted in the loving company of Jesus and Mary. The inspired writer describes your life at Nazareth in only a few words: “And (Jesus) went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them” (Luke, 2:51). Yet these words tell of your high vocation here on earth, and the abundance of graces which filled your soul during those years spent in Nazareth.

Your family life at Nazareth was all radiant with the light of divine charity. There was an intimate union of heart and mind among the members of your Holy Family. There could not have been a closer bond than that uniting you to Jesus, your foster-Son and to Mary, your most loving wife. Jesus chose to fulfill toward you, His foster-father, all the duties of a faithful son, showing you every mark of honor and affection due to a parent. And Mary showed you all the signs of respect and love of a devoted wife. You responded to this love and veneration from Jesus and Mary  with feelings of deepest love and respect. You had for Jesus a true fatherly love, enkindled and kept aglow in your heart by the Holy Spirit. And you could not cease to admire the workings of grace in Mary’s soul, and this admiration caused the holy love which you had consecrated to her on the day of your wedding grow stronger every day.

God has made you a heavenly patron of family life because you sanctified yourself as head of the Holy Family and thus by your beautiful example sanctified family life. How peacefully and happily the Holy Family rested under the care of your fatherly rule, even in the midst of trials. You were the protector, counselor, and consolation of the Holy Family in every need. And just as you were the model of piety, so you gave us by your zeal, your earnestness and devout trust in God’s providence, and especially by your love, the example of labor according to the Will of God. You cherished all the experiences common to family life and the sacred memories of the life, sufferings, and joys in the company of Jesus and Mary. Therefore the family is dear to you as the work of God, and it is of the highest importance in your eyes to promote the honor of God and the well-being of man. In your loving fatherliness and unfailing intercession you are the patron and intercessor of families, and you deserve a place in every home.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of living in the Holy Family and being its head. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain God’s blessing upon my own family. Make our home the kingdom of Jesus and Mary — a kingdom of peace, of joy, and love.

I also pray for all Christian families. Your help is needed in our day when God’s enemy has directed his attack against the family in order to desecrate and destroy it. In the face of these evils, as patron of families, be pleased to help; and as of old, you arose to save the Child and His Mother, so today arise to protect the sanctity of the home. Make our homes sanctuaries of prayer, of love, of patient sacrifice, and of work. May they be modeled after your own at Nazareth. Remain with us with Jesus and Mary, so that by your help we may obey the commandments of God and of the Church; receive the holy sacraments of God and of the Church; live a life of prayer; and foster religious instruction in our homes. Grant that we may be reunited in God’s Kingdom and eternally live in the company of the Holy Family in heaven.

*NOVENA PRAYER

 

Seventh Day
PATRON OF WORKERS

Saint Joseph, you devoted your time at Nazareth to the work of a carpenter. It was the Will of God that you and your foster-Son should spend your days together in manual labor. What a beautiful example you set for the working classes!

It was especially for the poor, who compose the greater part of mankind, that Jesus came upon earth, for in the synagogue of Nazareth, He read the words of Isaiah and referred them to Himself:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor…” (Luke 4:18). It was God’s Will that you should be occupied with work common to poor people, that in this way Jesus Himself might ennoble it by inheriting it from you, His foster-father, and by freely embracing it. Thus our Lord teaches us that for the humbler class of workmen, He has in store His richest graces, provided they live content in the place God’s Providence has assigned them, and remain poor in spirit for He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).

The kind of work to which you devoted your time in the workshop of Nazareth offered you many occasions of practicing humility. You were privileged to see each day the example of humility which Jesus practiced — a virtue most pleasing to Him. He chose for His earthly surroundings not the courts of princes nor the halls of the learned, but a little workshop of Nazareth. Here you shared for many years the humble and hidden toiling of the God-Man. What a touching example for the worker of today!

While your hands were occupied with manual work, your mind was turned to God in prayer. From the Divine Master, who worked along with you, you learned to work in the presence of God in the spirit of prayer, for as He worked He adored His Father and recommended the welfare of the world to Him, Jesus also instructed you in the wonderful truths of grace and virtue, for you were in close contact with Him who said of Himself, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.”

As you were working at your trade, you were reminded of the greatness and majesty of God, who, as a most wise Architect, formed this vast universe with wonderful skill and limitless power.

The light of divine faith that filled your mind, did not grow dim when you saw Jesus working as a carpenter. You firmly believed that the saintly Youth working beside you was truly God’s own Son.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being able to work side by side with Jesus in the carpenter shop of Nazareth. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to respect the dignity of labor and ever to be content with the position in life, however lowly, in which it may please Divine Providence to place me. Teach me to work for God and with God in the spirit of humility and prayer, as you did, so that I may offer my toil in union with the sacrifice of Jesus in the Mass as a reparation for my sins, and gain rich merit for heaven.

*NOVENA PRAYER

 

Eighth Day
FRIEND IN SUFFERING

Saint Joseph, your share of suffering was very great because of your close union with the Divine Savior. All the mysteries of His life were more or less mysteries of suffering. Poverty pressed upon you, and the cross of labor followed you everywhere. Nor were you spared domestic crosses, owing to misunderstandings in regard to the holiest and most cherished of all beings, Jesus and Mary, who were all to you. Keen must have been the suffering caused by the uncertainty regarding Mary’s virginity; by the bestowal of the name of Jesus, which pointed to future misfortune. Deeply painful must have been the prophecy of Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the disappearance of Jesus at the Paschal feast. To these sufferings were surely added interior sorrow at the sight of the sins of your own people.

You bore all this suffering in a truly Christ-like manner, and in this you are our example. No sound of complaint or impatience escaped you — you were, indeed, the silent saint! You submitted to all in the spirit of faith, humility, confidence, and love. You cheerfully bore all in union with and for the Savior and His Mother, knowing well that true love is a crucified love. But God never forsook you in your trials. The trials, too, disappeared and were changed at last into consolation and joy.

It seems that God had purposely intended your life to be filled with suffering as well as consolation to keep before my eyes the truth that my life on earth is but a succession of joys and sorrows, and that I must gratefully accept whatever God sends me, and during the time of consolation prepare for suffering. Teach me to bear my cross in the spirit of faith, of confidence, and of gratitude toward God. In a happy eternity, I shall thank God fervently for the sufferings which He deigned to send me during my pilgrimage on earth, and which after your example I endured with patience and heartfelt love for Jesus and Mary.

You were truly the martyr of the hidden life. This was God’s Will, for the holier a person is, the more he is tried for the love and glory of God. If suffering is the flowering of God’s grace in a soul and the triumph of the soul’s love for God, being the greatest of saints after Mary, you suffered more than any of the martyrs.

Because you have experienced the sufferings of this valley of tears, you are most kind and sympathetic toward those in need. Down through the ages souls have turned to you in distress and have always found you a faithful friend in suffering. You have graciously heard their prayers in their needs even though it demanded a miracle. Having been so intimately united with Jesus and Mary in life, your intercession with Them is most powerful.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being able to suffer for Jesus and Mary. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to bear my suffering patiently for love of Jesus and Mary. Grant that I may unite the sufferings, works and disappointments of life with the sacrifice of Jesus in the Mass, and share like you in Mary’s spirit of sacrifice.

*NOVENA PRAYER

 

Ninth Day
PATRON OF A HAPPY DEATH

Saint Joseph, how fitting it was that at the hour of your death Jesus should stand at your bedside with Mary, the sweetness and hope of all mankind. You gave your entire life to the service of Jesus and Mary; at death you enjoyed the consolation of dying in Their loving arms. You accepted death in the spirit of loving submission to the Will of God, and this acceptance crowned your hidden life of virtue. Yours was a merciful judgment, for your foster-Son, for whom you had cared so lovingly, was your Judge, and Mary was your advocate. The verdict of the Judge was a word of encouragement to wait for His coming to Limbo, where He would shower you with the choicest fruits of the Redemption, and an embrace of grateful affection before you breathed forth your soul into eternity.

You looked into eternity and to your everlasting reward with confidence. If our Savior blessed the shepherds, the Magi, Simeon, John the Baptist, and others, because they greeted His presence with devoted hearts for a brief passing hour, how much more did He bless you who have sanctified yourself for so many years in His company and that of His Mother? If Jesus regards every corporal and spiritual work of mercy, performed in behalf of our fellow men out of love for Him, as done to Himself, and promises heaven as a reward, what must have been the extent of His gratitude to you who in the truest sense of the word have received Him, given Him shelter, clothed, nourished, and consoled Him at the sacrifice of your strength and rest, and even your life, with a love which surpassed the love of all fathers.

God really and personally made Himself your debtor. Our Divine Savior paid that debt of gratitude by granting you many graces in your lifetime, especially the grace of growing in love, which is the best and most perfect of all gifts. Thus at the end of your life your heart became filled with love, the fervor and longing of which your frail body could not resist. Your soul followed the triumphant impulse of your love and winged its flight from earth to bear the prophets and patriarchs in Limbo the glad tidings of the advent of the Redeemer.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being able to die in the arms of Jesus and Mary. As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace of a happy death. Help me to spend each day in preparation for death. May I, too, accept death in the spirit of resignation to God’s Holy Will, and die, as you did, in the arms of Jesus, strengthened by Holy Viaticum, and in the arms of Mary, with her rosary in my hand and her name on my lips!

*NOVENA PRAYER