Prayers to Saint Joseph
As we begin this year's novena for the feast of Saint Joseph, it may be well for us to include some of these prayers for seminarians and for the seminary, especially for San Jose Seminary which delights to be under his glorious patronage.
A Prayer to Saint Joseph for our Seminarians
O dear Saint Joseph,
to whose care the Father entrusted
the growth of his only-begotten Son,
we also commend our seminarians to you
that they may learn from your example
and enjoy your gracious protection and assistance.
You followed the angel’s command without hesitation
and took Mary and Jesus into your home.
Help them to respond to God’s invitation with confidence
to care for his people and to be foster-fathers to his family.
With great openess to the will of God,
you always went as you were instructed,
braving all difficulties and challenges
out of love for Jesus and Mary.
Guide our seminarians in their formation
that they may open their hearts with trust in God’s plan,
discerning with care the path he wishes them to take
and following his inspirations with generosity and love.
With fatherly love, you brought up Jesus,
showing him by the simplicity of your life,
given entirely to God and to his family,
the joy of obedience to the Father’s call.
Inspire our seminarians to embrace their vocation
with gladness, magnanimity and sincerity
and to grow in it with humility and gratitude.
You are the formator of the Formator of all disciples,
take also into your home with Mary,
those whom your Son has called to his side,
so that under your paternal care and counsel as He once was,
they may also grow in virtue and wisdom, holiness and service.
O patron and protector of the Universal Church,
obtain from us from your dear foster son,
vocations according to the Father’s will
and persons eager to accept them
with hearts like yours and His. Amen.
Prayer to Saint Joseph for the Financial Stability of the Seminary
Dear Saint Joseph,
whom God himself appointed
as Head and provider of his earthly family,
we beg for your intercession
that being the patron of this seminary,
you may also be our chief benefactor
in all spiritual as well as material needs.
Obtain for us from God
a steady flow of priestly vocations
and adequate means to nurture them.
As a diligent provider and wise administrator,
you sheltered and raised Jesus
in a simple but stable home,
pray for us always so that our seminary may be sustained
in her financial and material needs
by the goodness and generosity of its benefactors
and the prudent care of its administrators,
who likewise shelter and raise Christ’s ministers today.
Help seminarians as well
to use the resources of the seminary,
wisely, responsibly and gratefully.
Heeding the voice of the Scriptures, which tells us
ITE AD IOSEPH,
we turn to your in our need.
Listen to this prayer we raise to your with trust
and graciously commend it to Christ, our Lord. Amen.