Novena to St. Joseph – Day 3

Saint Joseph, A Beloved Father


The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he […] concretely expressed his fatherhood “by making his life a sacrificial service to the mystery of the incarnation and its redemptive purpose. He employed his legal authority over the Holy Family to devote himself
completely to them in his life and work. He turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of himself, his heart and all his abilities, a love placed at the service of the Messiah who was growing to maturity in his home”.

Patris Corde, 1
(Apostolic Letter by Pope Francis, 2020)


For the Family, the Domestic Church
Saint Joseph, beloved father,
we ask that you intercede with your Son,
the Saviour of the world,
for the domestic church,
that its members
may imitate the Holy Family
in practicing the virtues
of Christian family life
so that, one day, they may delight
in eternal rewards.

V. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
R. Even as we hope in you. (Ps 33.22)


Perform an act of selfless service for a member of your family.