Happy Feast of Saint Joseph - husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus. Joseph is revered by the Carmelite Order as our 'Principal Protector'. Just as he looked after Mary, so he cares for us, the Carmelite Family, as we honour Mary as our sister and mother. #SaintJoseph
"Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect and enlighten families." - Saint Pope John Paul II
Our novena to Saint Joseph finishes today. You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group.
Image: St Joseph banner at the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Faversham, served by the Carmelite Friars
You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group:
God our Father,
creator and ruler of the universe,
in every age you call humanity
to develop and use our gifts
for the good of others.
With Saint Joseph as our example and guide,
help us to do the work you have asked
and come to the life you have promised.
We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.