Prayer to St. Joseph for a happy death

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

Many traditions hold that Joseph died in the arms or presence of Jesus and Mary.

It’s a consoling image that has led the Church to proclaim him the patron saint of a happy death.

Here is a prayer that recalls this image and can give comfort while we await death. We never know when God will call us home. In the meantime, let us prepare for that day, looking on it as a day of great joy.

Blessed Joseph, who died in the arms of Jesus and Mary, obtain for me the grace to breathe my last in praise, saying or thinking, “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give Thee my heart and my soul.” Amen.

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