Carmelite Devotion to St. Joseph

St. Teresa’s Devotion

St. Joseph's Monastery Avila

St. Joseph’s Monastery Avila

Due to St. Teresa’s devotion to and trust in St. Joseph’ s loving care for her intentions and the needs of the reform, Discalced Carmelites regard St. Joseph as a Protector of the Order and a master of prayer..

“I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good.”

Prayers to St. Joseph

Memorare to Saint Joseph
Remember, O most illustrious Patriarch St. Joseph, on the testimony of St. Teresa, your devoted servant, that never has it been heard that anyone who invoked thy protection or sought your assistance has not obtained relief. In this confidence I come to you, my loving protector, chaste spouse of Mary, foster father of the Savior of hunankind and dispenser of the treasures of His Most Sacred Heart. Despise not my prayer, but graciously hear and answer my petition. (mention your request)

A Novena Prayer to St. Joseph
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine 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 contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him close 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.