Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker

Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker

Editor writes…

Today’s Feast of St Joseph The Worker welcomes in the Month of Mary, so we have a double celebration to mark this 1st May.

It’s good to take time out to reflect on the lives of our greatest saints, as we do from time to time on this blog.

St Joseph is one of the most powerful saints in Heaven: one of his titles is Protector of the Universal Church, so let’s unite in praying to him today for special graces for the Pope and Bishops, as we witness a worsening of the crisis afflicting the Church in our times. Let us seek the intercession of St Joseph, in particular for the Archbishop of Glasgow (William Nolan) today, as we hope and pray that he will reverse his decision to suppress the Traditional Latin Mass in the parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Balornock. 

Other prayer intentions are welcome on this thread, especially for those who are struggling either to find work or to cope with their employment. 

Also, feel free to share your favourite prayers, hymns and stories about this great saint. Tributes, too, to Our Lady, please, as we enter the Month of Mary.

St Joseph the Worker, pray for us … Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. 

Comments (25)

  • Margaret USA Reply

    I think it was St. Teresa of Avila who said that she always obtained whatever she asked for from St. Joseph.

    O Holy Patriarch St. Joseph, Patron of the Catholic Church, pray to God for us sinners!

    May 1, 2023 at 5:16 am
    • editor Reply

      Margaret USA,

      I believe you are correct – St Teresa of Avila had a great devotion to St Joseph. He is, really, a very powerful saint. I know several friends who absolutely claim to have had miracles wrought at his intercession.

      May 1, 2023 at 7:12 am
      • Athanasius


        I can personally testify to a miracle St. Joseph worked for me, and I mean a true miracle. He’s a very powerful saint with God and he answers petitions with great haste.

        May 1, 2023 at 2:26 pm
      • Catherine


        Would you please tell us the story of the miracle you talk about here. I’d love to hear about it.

        May 1, 2023 at 7:13 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      Margaret USA

      You’re absolutely right about St. Theresa of Avila, who, when confronted with financial and other seemingly-impossible situations, declared “I am not concerned. St. Joseph is my procurator.” He is indeed a greatly underestimated saint, the most powerful in heaven after Our Lord Himself and the Blessed Virgin. Every Catholic should have a special devotion to him, especially the ordained.

      May 1, 2023 at 9:35 am
      • Petrus


        That anecdote speaks well of both saints. Oh to have the Faith and confidence of St Teresa of Avila!

        Incidentally, my twins were born on her feast day.

        May 1, 2023 at 6:53 pm
      • Catherine


        That’s wonderful that your twins were born on the Feast of St Teresa of Avila – that’s 15 October, a lovely month for a birthday, month of the Holy Rosary and anniversary of the miracle of the sun on 13th. Really wonderful!

        May 1, 2023 at 7:16 pm
    • Petrus Reply

      Margaret USA,

      May St Joseph intercede for the Catholic Church and give us a good and holy Pontiff and Patriarch!

      May 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm
  • Antoine Bisset Reply

    We need all the help that we can get. That is the case in our day to day working lives, with industrial strife rippling across the country. It is also the case as a nation. We are about to have a man crowned as king. A man whose oath of accession is worth the same as his marriage vows. A man who says that he will “defend all faiths” without apparently understanding the contradictory absurdity of this. He will defend islam although their holy book encourages the murder of non muslims. He will defend Catholicism despite the fact that Catholics are forbidden to sit on the the throne.
    The ceremony will be a mish-mash, a farrago of phraseology from every religion, except perhaps Cargo cults.
    Cardinal Nichols, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, a cleric of whom I have never heard such is his impact on the lives of Catholics in this country, is to take part in the coronation ceremony, apparently. This is bizarre in the extreme.
    St Joseph is an example of a worker, a family man, who did nothing spectacular. He looked after his family as God wished. Simple stuff. If we could only be that simple. If only we could compose ourselves and our lives to follow his example, setting aside distractions.

    May 1, 2023 at 7:19 am
  • Josephine Reply

    St Joseph is a most wonderful and very powerful saint. In the following short video about the famous miraculous staircase in Santa Fe, there is a marvellous quote from Our Lady near the end, where she speaks about St Joseph. This is a beautiful video – I hope everyone will watch it.

    Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker!

    May 1, 2023 at 7:39 am
    • Athanasius Reply


      That’s a wonderful video. The holy staircase is a marvel in itself, proof positive that Almighty God, the author of nature and can reset it’s limits, in this case the law of gravity, whenever He wishes. I hope Pope Francis and all those who wring their hands over climate change will look at this and see the faithlessness of their earthly and unfounded concerns. God is in charge of His Creation and His Church despite the scaremongering Communist narrative about climate change.

      More to the point here though are the wonderful words of Our Lady about St. Joseph. He is indeed a most powerful intercessor with God, yet so little appreciated even by Catholics. I say again from personal experience that he never fails to hear the prayers of those who ask his help with trust.

      May 1, 2023 at 10:30 am
    • Petrus Reply


      That is a tremendous quote from Our Lady. If that doesn’t encourage us to develop a devotion to St Joseph nothing will!

      May 1, 2023 at 6:58 pm
  • Catherine Reply

    Happy Feast day to one and all! May St. Joseph answer our prayers.

    May 1, 2023 at 8:18 am
  • Petrus Reply

    Happy feast day everyone. It is my intention to deepen my devotion (which is lukewarm) to St Joseph. Does anyone have any advice on how to do this?

    May 1, 2023 at 8:35 am
    • Antoine Bisset Reply

      Laborare est orare.

      May 1, 2023 at 8:47 am
    • Athanasius Reply


      There are many prayers and novenas you could recite to St. Joseph, but my experience has been that getting on my knees and presenting him simply with my troubles (in trust) has never failed. St. Joseph was a simple and humble man who understands our simple and humble petitions to him.

      May 1, 2023 at 9:38 am
      • Petrus

        Thanks, Athanasius.

        May 1, 2023 at 12:12 pm
      • Athanasius


        You’re welcome. I’m off now to pester St. Joseph!

        May 1, 2023 at 12:22 pm
    • RCAVictor Reply


      How about this prayer:

      “Glorious St. Joseph, foster-father and protector of Jesus Christ! To thee do we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death, and the special favor I now implore (name the favor).

      O Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel animated with confidence that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

      Repeat 7 times:

      V. O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His name,
      R. Hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.”

      May 1, 2023 at 4:03 pm
      • Petrus

        RCA Victor,

        Many thanks for that prayer. I’ve copied it and I’m resolved to pray it earnestly.

        May 1, 2023 at 6:52 pm
  • Michael 🙏 Reply

    Dear friends
    A happy feast day to everyone and their loved ones.
    Blessings Michael (Joseph) 🙏

    May 1, 2023 at 9:15 am
  • Athanasius Reply

    A very happy Feast to all bloggers.

    St. Joseph is a particulalrly powerful saint who has answered my prayers on more than one occasion. Since he is also Patron of the Universal Church and Terror of the Demons, I would suggest we all implore him today to put to flight all those who seek to harm the Church and the souls of Christ’s faithful, especially those hidden within the Church herself in the ranks of the clergy.

    May 1, 2023 at 9:16 am
  • Gabriel Syme Reply

    A Happy Feast Day to all!

    May 1, 2023 at 9:46 am
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    A very happy Feast of Saint Joseph to everyone.

    I never tire of seeing the video of the Miraculous staircase built by Saint Joseph. And, Athanasius, I agree with your suggestion of imploring him to put to flight all those who seek to harm the Church and the souls of Christ’s faithful, especially those hidden within the ranks of the clergy.

    And, may I ask everyone to petition Sain Joseph to aid the son of a neighbour of mine. He has been involved in a car accident today – I do not know if he has suffered any injuries, but his mother is worried.


    By chance I came across this video about Saint Joseph

    May 1, 2023 at 2:38 pm
  • Petrus Reply


    There was no reply button on your comment.

    Yes, St Teresa of Avila was pestered the day they were born, alongside St Anthony and Ven. Pius XII. It’s a scandal Pius XII has never been canonised as I’m certain he’s a saint. I’m taking some of my children on pilgrimage to Rome this October and will visit the resting place of Pius XII in thanksgiving.

    We named the twins Rose Teresa and Anthony Pius after those great saints.

    May 1, 2023 at 7:25 pm

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