Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Happy St. Joseph Day!

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 devine 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 fiftienth 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 posion 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.

I think this depiction is sweet.
 This was the prayer I prayed, for my son Daniel to find work, and now for a dear friend, and for my daughter and son-in-law, and also my brother, who is ill.  The statue of St. Joseph at my church looks a lot like my brother! Or the other way around..

I know I have said this before, but how tough it must have been for him, being the only sinner in the family. :)

I saw a painting in our local St. Jude shop a few years ago, of St. Joseph holding a squirming Jesus and laughing. I loved it but
haven't been able to find it since. It wasn't one of the classics or anything.


I like this one for the light, but poor Jesus looks a bit like a girl. I hate when they do that to him! He does have a cute double chin, though.

Happy St. Joseph's Day!


  1. "I know I have said this before, but how tough it must have been for him, being the only sinner in the family."

    LOL! I never thought of that. Sometimes it feels like that around my house. ;)

    Did you get St. Joseph pastries today?

    1. We had some on Sunday. My MIL bought them, they are super expensive here. the South Philly bakeries are really good, but geez, these things might as well be gold plated!

  2. A Zepole is just a cruller (donut) split in half and filled with cream, then topped with powdered sugar. At the price our bakeries charge for these I'm thinking it might worth trying to make my own next year. Heck, buy the crullers from Entenmann's or whatever and then make the pudding, etc to fill them with and top them with a cherry. Voila! Not that I'm looking to put our fine bakeries out of business but charging $4 or more per pastry is hardly in the spirit of St Joseph. I joked that the only reason my mother invited me to dinner last night was so I could provide the dessert. She didn't deny it :)