19 March 2021: Feast of St Joseph… Patron of a Happy Death, Please Pray for Us!

19 March 2021: Feast of St Joseph… Patron of a Happy Death, Please Pray for Us!


With so much talk in the news these days about sickness and death, it is perhaps timeous to invoke St Joseph under his title Patron of a Happy Death – meaning, of course, that we are granted the grace of receiving the Last Sacraments before we depart this world.  St Joseph is a very powerful saint and, traditionally believed to have died in the presence of Our Lord and Our Lady, Catholics have always invoked him to obtain for us the same wonderful grace. St Joseph, patron of a happy death, pray for us! 

As always with devotional threads, feel free to post relevant comments, stories, jokes of the “good clean fun variety”, and your favourite prayers and hymns.  

Happy  Feast everyone!  

Comments (18)

  • Warydoom

    Happy Feast of St Joseph, all!

    –A Jesuit, a Dominican, and a Franciscan were walking along an old road, debating the greatness of their orders. Suddenly, an apparition of the Holy Family appeared in front of them, with Jesus in a manger and Mary and Joseph praying over him. The Franciscan fell on his face, overcome with awe at the sight of God born in such poverty. The Dominican fell to his knees, adoring the beautiful reflection of the Trinity and the Holy Family. The Jesuit walked up to Joseph, put his arm around his shoulder, and said, “So, have you thought about where to send him to school?”

    March 19, 2021 at 12:22 am
    • editor


      Love it! That’s brilliant!

      March 19, 2021 at 1:27 pm
  • sarto2010

    DEAR St. Joseph, pure and gentle,
    Guardian of the Saviour child,
    Treading with the Virgin Mother,
    Egypt’s deserts rough and wild.

    Hail, St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary,
    Blessed above all saints on high,
    When the death shades round us gather,
    Teach, oh, teach us how to die.

    March 19, 2021 at 12:52 am
    • Warydoom


      What a beautiful prayer!

      Thank you.

      March 19, 2021 at 1:06 am
    • cbucket March 19, 2021 at 9:02 am
      • editor


        Thank you for digging out one of our previous threads on St Joseph. It’s impossible to find that lovely hymn sung right through, anywhere on YouTube. One of these days!

        March 19, 2021 at 1:26 pm
    • editor


      That’s been my favourite hymn to St Joseph all of my life – the only hymn to St Joseph I have ever heard, before the Baltimore Catechism hymn used in the above introduction. It is always a stark reminder of death, and the importance of being prepared. In my case, that will take at least a hundred more years! Don’t let the exclamation mark(s) fool you – I’m not kidding!

      March 19, 2021 at 1:30 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    Happy Feast of St Joseph, everyone.

    St Joseph is one of my favourite saints, so humble yet so powerful in heaven.

    I love the story of the staircase in the chapel in New Mexico. I’ve seen the video posted on this blog more than once. It’s an amazing story..

    March 19, 2021 at 9:16 am
    • editor


      I love that story of the miraculous staircase – it’s something that teachers could use to great effect in classrooms. Reading the story and then playing the guessing game to identify the mysterious carpenter is the sort of activity that children love. Then to watch the video – brilliant!

      March 19, 2021 at 1:25 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Happy Feast of Saint Joseph to everyone.

    Margaret Mary, Like you I also love the story of the staircase in the chapel in New Mexico. Saint Joseph is indeed a great saint.


    March 19, 2021 at 10:56 am
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      Thank you for that lovely litany – a great contribution.

      March 19, 2021 at 1:23 pm
  • sarto2010

    “JESUS! let me call Thee son,
    Since Thou dost call me father;
    How I love Thee, sweetest One,
    My God and son together.”

    Blessed Saint Joseph, to thee do we pray;
    Offer our hearts to thy Jesus today.

    “As my God I Thee adore,
    And as my son embrace Thee:
    Let me love Thee more and more,
    And in my bosom place Thee.”

    Blessed Saint Joseph, to thee do we pray;
    Offer our hearts to thy Jesus today.

    Tune: Ampleforth
    Words: St. Alphonsus. Tr. Fr. E. Vaughan

    March 19, 2021 at 11:12 am
    • editor


      Lovely words – if you can find the tune on YouTube, it would be great to hear it sung.

      Happy Feast!

      March 19, 2021 at 1:21 pm
  • RCAVictor

    A Blessed and Joyful Feast Day to one and all!

    March 19, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      And also to you!

      March 19, 2021 at 1:27 pm
  • Lily

    I thought it would be good to post this prayer to St Joseph – it’s very ancient, 1900 years old and is said to be very powerful.


    A very happy Feast to all CT bloggers.

    March 19, 2021 at 9:03 pm
  • Lily

    I also wanted to post this prayer for employment.

    March 19, 2021 at 9:06 pm
  • editor

    Some very interesting news; a friend rang me in the early afternoon, and mentioned a special intention which he has been praying about but so far, no news. I reminded him that today this is the Feast of St Joseph, which he’d forgotten so he said he would definitely invoke St Joseph earnestly, since this is a very important intention in his life. Around 5pm I had another call from him, delighted to report that his special intention has now been answered, in the most amazing, sudden, way. So, once again, we have evidence of the great power wielded by St Joseph in Heaven.

    This thread is now closed to comments, with thanks to all who contributed to it.

    St Joseph, pray for us all…

    March 20, 2021 at 12:10 am

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