Nine Days to Joseph: Day One

Back in 2014, Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, wrote a novena of consecration, or "entrustment," to St. Joseph called "Nine Days to St. Joseph." Here's how it works: Basically, you pray the specified prayer to St. Joseph each day, from the heart, for nine days. Then, on the last day (the 10th day), the Day of Consecration, you'll pray the prayer of consecration from the heart. It's that simple.

Of course, you'll probably want to time the days so the Day of Consecration falls on a feast of St. Joseph (March 19, May 1, ... ) or on a Marian feast (because of St. Joseph's closeness to Mary). If you begin on March 10, for instance, you will be able to make your consecration on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19. On the day of your consecration, you may wish to write it out in your own handwriting, date it, and then renew it each year. And by the way, this is a perfect complement to Marian consecration, because of St. Joseph's closeness to and love for Mary. (If you haven't yet made your Marian consecration, consider using Fr. Gaitley's book 33 Days to Morning Glory to do so. Also, we invite you to make a total consecration to the Father through Jesus using Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Greater Glory: A Total Consecration to the Father through Jesus Based on the Gospel of John.)

In 2021, during the Year of St. Joseph, in anticipation of the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19, Fr. Gaitley posted the following video, which serves as an introduction for those who may want to make Fr. Gaitley's consecration during the Year of St. Joseph:


Day One of the Novena - St. Joseph, Powerful Intercessor
Dear St. Joseph,

After Mary, you're the most powerful intercessor before God. In a sense, Jesus remains obedient to you and will listen to you as you bring my intentions to Him. Because of this, I especially want to entrust myself to your fatherly care, just as Jesus Himself did. And while in the past, I may have brought to you one of my intentions here or there, this time I want to do something new. This time, I want to give you all. In other words, St. Joseph, I'm not here to offer you a regular "novena" for just one of my intentions. Rather, I want to forever entrust to you all of my needs and cares, trusting that you will bring them, with Mary, to your Son, Jesus.

Dear St. Joseph, as the best of fathers, as the one God chose to be the virginal father of Jesus, I believe that you know what I need better than I do myself. So go ahead, St. Joseph. I give you permission to care for me as your child. In doing so, I trust that you will do everything in your power to make my life into something beautiful for God. I trust that you will watch over me and that your prayers will guide me, bless me, and protect me. I trust that you will now care for me with the same love and tenderness with which you cared for Jesus. I'll confirm this special relationship with you in nine days, when I make my prayer of consecration.

Saint Joseph, Powerful Intercessor, please pray for me and all my intentions.

Nine Days to St. Joseph
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Day Seven
Day Eight
Day Nine

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