The Holy Cloak Novena

It is to be recited on thirty consecutive days in memory of the thirty years St. Joseph spent in the company of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. If for some reason you cannot recite the prayer on a particular day, you may make up for it by reciting it on the 30th day as many times as the recitation was missed.

The extraordinary graces obtained by this prayer are innumerable. St. Teresa of Avila said: “If you really want to believe in it, prove it to yourself by reciting the Novena and you will be finally convinced.”

It is most efficacious to say a prayer for the Souls in Purgatory.

With the same solicitude that we help dry the tears of the suffering souls, so to can we hope that St. Joseph will help dry our tears in our necessities. In this way, St. Joseph’s Holy Cloak will spread itself over us and will serve as a shield against all those dangers which beset us so that we may all one day, with the grace of God, obtain eternal salvation.

Our Lord and Our Lady invite us to love and honor and pray to St. Joseph:

Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary, “I wish that every day you offer special prayers to Our mother and St. Joseph, Our most sweet guardian.” The Blessed Mother said to the Venerable Maria de Agreda, “You must see to it that you continually increase your love and devotion to this great Saint. In all your necessities, you must avail yourself of his protection, under all circumstances you must encourage as many people as possible toward this devotion . . . for indeed, whatever our devoted spouse requests in Heaven, the Almighty God will grant on Earth.”

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PRAYERS FOR THE NOVENA OF THE HOLY CLOAK

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we give you our hearts and our souls.

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)


OFFERING

O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, we humbly prostrate ourselves before you. We beg the Lord Jesus, your Immaculate Spouse the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the Angels and Saints in the Heavenly Court, to join us in this devotion. We offer you this precious cloak, while pledging our sincerest faith and devotion. We promise to do all in our power to honor you throughout our lifetime to prove our love for you.

Help us St. Joseph. Assist us now and throughout our lifetimes, but especially at the moment of our deaths, as you were assisted by Jesus and Mary, that we may join you one day in Heaven and there honor you for all eternity. Amen.
 

II

O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, prostrate before you and your Divine Son Jesus, we offer you with heartfelt devotion this precious treasury of prayers, being ever mindful of the numerous virtues which adorned your sacred person. In you, O Glorious Patriarch, was fulfilled the dream of your precursor the first Joseph, who indeed seemed to have been sent by God to prepare the way for your presence on this Earth. In fact, not only were you surrounded by the shining splendor of the rays of the Divine Sun, Jesus, but you were splendidly reflected in the brilliant light of the mystic moon, the Blessed Virgin Mary. O Glorious Patriarch, if the example of the ancient Jacob, who personally went to congratulate his favorite son, who was exalted on the throne of Egypt, served to bring all his progeny there, should not the example of Jesus and Mary, who honored you with their greatest respect and trust, serve to bring us, your devoted servants, to present you with this precious cloak in your honor.

Grant, O Great St. Joseph, that the Almighty God may turn a benevolent glance toward us. As the ancient Joseph did not reject his guilty and cruel brothers, but rather accepted them with love and protected and saved them from hunger and death, we beseech you, O Glorious Patriarch, through your intercession, grant that the Lord may never abandon us in this exiled valley of sorrows. Grant that He may always number us among your devoted servants who live serenely under the patronage of your Holy Cloak. Grant that we may live always within the protection of this patronage, every day of our lives and particularly at that moment when we draw our dying breath.
 

PRAYERS

I

Hail, O Glorious St. Joseph, you who are entrusted with the priceless treasures of Heaven and Earth and foster-father of Him who nourishes all the creatures of the universe. You are, after Mary, the Saint most worthy of our love and devotion. You alone, above all the Saints, were chosen for that supreme honor of rearing, guiding, nourishing and even embracing the Messiah, whom so many kings and prophets would have so desired to behold.

St. Joseph, save our souls and obtain for us from the Divine Mercy of God that petition for which we humbly pray. And for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, grant a great comfort from their pain.

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)
 

II

O powerful St. Joseph, you were proclaimed the Patron of the Universal Church, therefore, we invoke you, above all the other Saints, as the greatest protector of the afflicted, and we offer countless blessings to your most generous heart, always ready to help in any need.

To you, O Glorious St. Joseph, come the widows, the orphans, the abandoned, the afflicted, the oppressed. There is no sorrow, heartache, or anguish which you have not consoled. Deign, we beseech you, to use on our behalf those gifts which God has given you, until we too shall be granted the answer to our petition. And you, Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray to St. Joseph for us.

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)
 

III

Countless are those who have prayed to you before us and have received comfort and peace, graces and favors. Our hearts, so sad and sorrowful, cannot find rest in the midst of this trial which besets us. O Glorious St. Joseph, you know all our needs even before we set them forth in prayer. You know how important this petition is for us. We prostrate ourselves before you as we sigh under the heavy weight of the problem which confronts us.

There is no human heart in which we can confide our sorrow; and even if we should find a compassionate creature who would be willing to assist us, still he would be unable to help us. Only you can help us in our sorrow, St. Joseph, and we beg you to hear our plea.

Has not St. Theresa left it written in her dialogues that the world may always know, “Whatever you ask of St. Joseph, you shall receive.”

O St. Joseph, comforter of the afflicted, have pity on our sorrow and pity on those Poor Souls who place so much hope in their prayers to you.

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)
 

 IV

O Sublime Patriarch St. Joseph, because of your perfect obedience to God, you may intercede for us.

For your holy life full of grace and merit, hear our prayer.

For your most sweet name, help us. For your most holy tears, comfort us.

For your seven sorrows, intercede for us. For your seven joys, console us.

From all harm of body and soul, deliver us. From all danger and disaster, save us.

Assist us with your powerful intercession and seek for us, through your power and mercy, all that is necessary for our salvation and particularly the favor of which we now stand in such great need.

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)


V

O Glorious St. Joseph, countless are the graces and favors which you have obtained for afflicted souls. Those who suffer illness of every nature, those who are oppressed, persecuted, betrayed, bereft of all human comfort, even those in need of their life bread—all who implore your powerful intercession are comforted in their affliction.

Do not permit, O dearest St. Joseph, that we alone be the only ones of all who have appealed to you, to be denied this petition which we so earnestly beg of you. Show your kindness and generosity even to us, that we may cry out in thanksgiving, “Eternal glory to our Holy Patriarch St. Joseph, our great protector on Earth and the defender of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.”

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)


VI

Eternal Father, Who art in Heaven, through the merits of Jesus and Mary, we beg You to grant our petition. In the name of Jesus and Mary we prostrate ourselves before your Divine Presence and we beseech You to accept our hopeful plea to persevere in our prayers that we may be numbered among the throngs of those who live under the patronage of St. Joseph.

Extend Your blessing on this precious treasury of prayers which we today offer to him as a pledge of our devotion.

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)
 

SUPPLICATIONS in honor of St. Joseph’s hidden life with JESUS and MARY:

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may come into our souls and sanctify us.

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may come into our hearts and inspire them with charity.

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may come into our minds and enlighten them.

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may guide our wills and strengthen them.

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may direct our thoughts and purify them.

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may guide our desires and direct them.

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may look upon our deeds and extend His blessings.

St. Joseph, pray that Jesus may inflame us with love for Him.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus the imitation of your virtues.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus true humility of spirit.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus meekness of heart.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus peace of soul.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus a holy fear of the Lord.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus a desire for perfection.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus a gentleness of heart.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus a pure and charitable heart.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus the wisdom of faith.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus His blessing of perseverance in our good deeds.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus the strength to carry our crosses.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus a disdain for the material goods of this world.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus the grace to always walk on the narrow path toward Heaven.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus the grace to avoid all occasion of sin.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus a holy desire for eternal bliss.

St. Joseph, request for us from Jesus the grace of final perseverance.

St. Joseph, do not abandon us.

St. Joseph, pray that our hearts may never cease to love you and that our lips may ever praise you.

St. Joseph, for the love you did bear for Jesus, grant that we may learn to love Him.

St. Joseph, graciously accept us as your devoted servants.

St. Joseph, we give ourselves to you; accept our pleas and hear our prayers.

St. Joseph, do not abandon us at the hour of our deaths.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we give you our hearts and our souls.

(Recite the Glory Be 3 times, etc.)
 

INVOCATIONS TO SAINT JOSEPH

I

Remember O most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our good protector St. Joseph, never was it known that anyone who came to your protection, and sought your intercession was left unaided. Confidently we prostrate ourselves before you and fervently beg for your powerful intervention. O foster-father of our dear Redeemer, despise not our petition, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.
 

II

Glorious St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and virginal father of Jesus, look upon us and watch over us; lead us on the path of sanctifying grace; take heed of the urgent needs which we now beg you to envelop within the folds of your fatherly cloak. Dismiss those obstacles and difficulties standing in the way of our prayers and grant that the happy answer to our petition may serve for the greater glory of God and our eternal salvation.

As a pledge of our undying gratitude, we promise to spread the word of your glory while offering thanks to the Lord for having so blessed your power and might in Heaven and on earth.


Recite the Litany of St. Joseph:
( For public or private use).

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us. 
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Illustrious son of David, etc.
Light of the patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Watchful defender of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most valiant,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of workmen,
Glory of domestic life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the afflicted,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. He made him the lord of His household,
R. And prince over all His possessions.

Let Us Pray.

O God, Who in Thine ineffable providence did choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most Holy Mother, grant that as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in Heaven, Thou Who lives and reigns forever and ever. 

R. Amen. 


CLOSING PRAYER OF THE HOLY CLOAK

O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, you who were chosen by God above all men to be the earthly head of the most holy of families, we beseech you to accept us within the folds of your holy cloak, that you may become the guardian and custodian of our souls.

From this moment on, we choose you as our father, our protector, our counselor, our patron, and we beseech you to place in your custody our bodies, our souls, all that we are, all that we possess, our lives and our deaths.

Look upon us as your children; defend us from the treachery of our enemies, invisible or otherwise; assist us at all times in all our necessities; console us in the bitterness of our lives, and especially at the hour of our deaths. Say but one word for us to the Divine Redeemer whom you were deemed worthy to hold in your arms, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, your most chaste spouse. Request for us those blessings that will lead us to salvation. Include us among those who are most dear to you and we shall set forth to prove ourselves worthy of your special patronage. Amen.


PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH

To you do we cry in our tribulations, O Blessed Saint Joseph, as we confidently invoke your patronage, after that of your most holy spouse the Blessed Virgin Mary.

By that sacred bond of devotion which linked you to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and for the fatherly love you lavished on the child Jesus, we beg you to cast a glance on those heavenly gifts which the Divine Redeemer has obtained for all mankind through His Precious Blood, and through your power and mercy, help us in our needs.

O holy protector of the holy family, protect us children of the Lord Jesus Christ; keep far from us the errors and evils which corrupt the world; assist us from Heaven in our struggles against the powers of darkness. And as you once did protect the Divine Child from the cruel edict of Herod, now defend the Church and keep it safe from all dangers and threats; spread over all of us your holy patronage so that by following your example and aided by your spiritual guidance, we may all aspire to a virtuous life, look to a holy death, and secure for ourselves the blessing of eternal happiness in Heaven. Amen.

Praise be to Jesus Christ, now and forever! Amen!