Today we start the Novena to Saint Joseph. This prayer is to be repeated for nine days.
“One cannot worthily praise you, Joseph, the illustrious and just one. You served Jesus and his Mother and remained with them day and night. In your arms, you bore the One who bears all creatures and nourished the One who provides nourishment for all. You spoke with the eternal Word and were the guardian of his Mother, the blessed Virgin, your pure betrothed. You are blessed among the saints and illustrious among the chaste. We proclaim on this your feast:
Hail, angel who accompanied the Savior and who protected him from all evil;
Hail, star which illumines the Church and guides its children on the right path;
Hail, glory of the just and honor of the elect.
We beseech you, O just one: intercede for those who celebrate your memory today, ask the Lord whom you served during your life, to guide us and protect us from anything that harms the soul and body.
May the Lord accept our prayers for the living and the dead and we shall give glory to the life-giving Trinity, now and forever. Amen” Maronite Liturgy.
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Image: Maronite icon of Saint Joseph.