The month of March is dedicated to Saint Joseph.
So, who exactly was Saint Joseph? As we know, he was the spouse of Mary and the foster father of Jesus Christ. While scripture doesn't give us many other details about his life, we do know Saint Joseph for his humility, obedience to God's will and perfect faith in the Lord.
Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers, families, fathers, craftsmen and others. Which is perfectly fitting, as he is the protector and advocate of all those who work hard to support themselves and their families!
So, why is it important to dedicate a whole month to Saint Joseph? The month of March gives us a chance to reflect and meditate on his life and the shining example he set for the virtues humility, obedience, and faith. By imitating his example, we can become better Christians, inspired to live our lives in charity and service towards others, and to trust in God's plan for us.
We can always ask Saint Joseph for his intercession, not only during the Month of March, but all year long. If you're looking for a job, struggling with something at work, or simply needing guidance and direction in your life, Saint Joseph can be a powerful intercessor. Praying to him and asking for his guidance is a sure fire method for helping one through these difficulties.
As we celebrate the month of March in honor Saint Joseph, let's remember his example of faith, humility, and hard work. Turn to him for his intercession and guidance and to strive to live up to the example that he set for us all.
Below you'll find prayers that you may use during the month of March to honor Saint Joseph.
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~ DEVOTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH ~
PRAYERS TO SAINT JOSEPH
Ant. A faithful man will be much praised and he who is guardian of his Lord will be glorified.
V. Pray for us, O Blessed Joseph.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray
O God, Who hast predestined Saint Joseph from all eternity for the service of Thine eternal Son and His Blessed Mother, and made him worthy to be the spouse of the Blessed Virgin and the foster-father of Thy Son, we beseech Thee, through all the services he has rendered to Jesus and Mary on earth, that Thou wouldst make us worthy of his company in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Joseph, virgin father Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us daily to the Son of God, that, armed with the weapons of His grace, we may fight as we ought in life, and be crowned by Him in death.
FOR OUR WORK Glorious Saint Joseph, pattern of all who are devoted to toil, obtain for me the grace to toil in the spirit of penance, in order thereby to atone for my many sins; to toil conscientiously, putting devotion to duty before my own inclinations; to labor with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honor to employ and to develop, by my labor, the gifts I have received from Almighty God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of my empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of thee, 0 Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my motto in life and in death. Amen.
~ OFFERING TO SAINT JOSEPH ~
O great Saint Joseph, thou generous depositary and dispenser of immortal riches, behold us prostrate at thy feet, imploring thee to receive us as thy servants and as thy children. Next to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, of which thou art the faithful copy, we acknowledge that there is no heart more tender, more compassionate than thine.
What, then, have we to fear, or, rather, for what should we not hope, if thou dost deign to be our benefactor, our master, our model, our father and our mediator? Refuse not, then, this favor, O powerful protector! We ask it of thee by the love thou hast for Jesus and Mary. Into thy hands we commit our souls and bodies, but above all the last moments of our lives.
May we, after having honored, imitated, and served thee on earth, eternally sing with thee the mercies of Jesus and Mary. Amen.
~ FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT JOSEPH ~
O Joseph, virgin-father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray every day for us to the same Jesus, the Son of God, that we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving dutifully in life, may be crowned by Him at the hour of death.