(As shared on the website for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, CT)
“The USCCB has composed this novena to be prayed yearly on March 10-18, the nine days that precede the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19.”
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Death of St. Joseph
As the solemnity of St. Joseph approaches, we recall St. Joseph’s joyful acceptance of death in God’s time. “The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.” (Wis 3:1-3)
A brief period of silence is observed.
V. You will show me the path to life,
R. the delights at your right hand forever.
O Patron of the Dying, obtain for us through your divine Son the grace of a happy death. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you, Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
God bless you!