Category Archives: Prayers for Work, Employment and Business


Dear St Joseph,
you have shown love and care to the Son of God,
you looked after his mother, Mary,
you worked hard for your family,
you led your family to safety,
you never questioned the will of God,
you dedicated your life to the service of God.

May we also show our dedication to God’s Son,
may we honour Mary, our Holy Mother,
may we work hard for our families and communities and may we
strive for justice and peace in the world.
May we truly believe and trust that God will walk alongside us
and will never abandon us on life’s journey.

May we, like you, St Joseph, show others the way to our heavenly Father
and may we, like the Holy Family, be thankful for the countless graces and blessings, which are bestowed on us daily.




“If the Family of Nazareth is an example and model for human families, in the order of salvation and holiness, so too, by analogy, is Jesus’ work at the side of Joseph the carpenter. In our own day, the Church has emphasised this by instituting the liturgical memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker on 1st May.

Human work, and especially manual labour, receive special prominence in the Gospel. Along with the humanity of the Son of God, work too has been taken up in the mystery of the Incarnation, and has also been redeemed in a special way. At the workbench where he plied his trade together with Jesus, Joseph brought human work closer to the mystery of the Redemption.

In the human growth of Jesus “in wisdom, age and grace”, the virtue of industriousness played a notable role, since “work is a human good” which transforms nature” and makes man “in a sense, more human”.

The importance of work in human life demands that its meaning be known and assimilated in order to “help all people to come closer to God, the Creator and Redeemer, to participate in his salvific plan for man and the world, and to deepen…friendship with Christ in their lives, by accepting, through faith, a living participation in his threefold mission as Priest, Prophet, and King”.

What is crucially important here is the sanctification of daily life, a sanctification which each person must acquire according to his or her own state, and one which can be promoted according to a model accessible to all people: “Saint Joseph is the model of those humble ones that Christianity raises up to great destinies…he is the proof that in order to be a good and genuine follower of Christ, there is no need of great things – it is enough to have the common, simple, and human virtues, but they need to be true and authentic.”
– Blessed John Paul II



O glorious St Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you 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 our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death and the special favour we now request (mention your request).
O guardian of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that our prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
O glorious St Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ and for the glory of his name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. Amen.


O great St Joseph, with feelings of unlimited confidence, we beg you to bless this novena that we begin in your honour. “You are never invoked in vain” says the seraphic Theresa of Jesus. Be you then to me what you have been to that spouse of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and graciously hear me as you did her. Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.


O blessed St Joseph, tender-hearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, we pray and beseech you to offer to God the Father, his divine Son, bathed in blood on the cross for sinners, and through the thrice holy name of Jesus obtain for us of the eternal Father the favour for which we implore your intercession (mention your request).
Amid the splendours of eternity, forget not the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep; stay the almighty arm which smites us, that by your prayers and those of your most holy spouse, the Heart of Jesus may be moved to pity and to pardon. Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.


Blessed St Joseph, enkindle in our cold hearts a spark of your charity. May God be always the first and only object of our affections. Keep our souls always in sanctifying grace and, if we should be so unhappy as to lose it, give us the strength to recover it immediately by a sincere repentance. Help us to such a love of our God as will always keep us united to him. Amen.
O glorious St Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ and for the glory of his name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.


St Joseph, pride of heaven, unfailing hope for our lives, and support of those on earth, graciously accept our prayer of praise. You were appointed spouse of the chaste Virgin by the Creator of the world. He willed that you be called “father” of the Word and serve as agent of our salvation. May the triune God who has bestowed upon you heavenly honours be praised forever. And may he grant us through your merits the joy of a blessed life and a favourable answer to our petition (mention your request). Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.


O holy St Joseph, what a lesson your life is for us, ever so eager to appear so anxious to display before the eyes of men the graces that we owe entirely to the liberality of God. In addition to the special favour for which we plead in this novena (mention your request) grant that we may attribute to God the glory of all things, that we may love the humble and hidden life, that we may not desire any other position than the one given to us by Providence and that we may always be a docile instrument in the hands of God. Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.


O glorious St Joseph, appointed by the Eternal Father as the guardian and protector of the life of Jesus Christ, the comfort and support of his Holy Mother, and the instrument in his great design for the redemption of mankind; you who had the happiness of living with Jesus and Mary, and of dying in their arms, be moved with the confidence we place in you, and procure for us from the Almighty the particular favour which we humbly ask through your intercession. Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.


O faithful and prudent St Joseph, watch over our weakness and our inexperience; obtain for us that prudence which reminds us of our end, which directs our paths and which protects us from every danger. Pray for us, then, O great Saint, and by your love for Jesus and Mary, and by their love for you, obtain for us the favour we ask in this novena (mention your request). Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.


O blessed Joseph, to whom it was given not only to see and to hear that God whom many kings longed to see and saw not; to hear and heard not; but also to carry him in your arms, to embrace him, to clothe him, and to guard and defend him, come to our assistance and intercede with him to look favourably on our present petition (mention your request). Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.


O good St Joseph, help us to be like you, gentle to those whose weakness leans on us; help us to give to those who seek our aid, succour that they may journey unafraid. Give us your faith, that we may see the right shining above the victories of might. Give us your hope that we may stand secure, untouched by doubting, steadfast to endure. Give us your love that as the years increase an understanding heart may bring us peace. Give us your purity that the hour of death finds us untouched by evil’s breath. Give us your love of labour that we shirk no lot in life that calls for honest work. Give us your love of poverty so that we live contended, let wealth come or go. Give us your courage that we may be strong; give us your meekness to confess our sins. Give us your patience that we may possess the kingdom of our souls without distress. Help us, dear Saint, to live that when life ends we pass with you to Jesus and his friends.
O glorious St Joseph, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. Amen.
St Joseph, pray for us.




Glorious St Joseph, you are the pattern of all who work. Obtain for me, please, the grace to work conscientiously and put devotion to duty before my selfish inclinations.

Help me to labour in thankfulness and joy, for it is an honour to employ and to develop by my labour the gifts I have received from almighty God.

Grant that I may work in orderliness, peace, moderation and patience without shrinking from weariness and difficulties. I offer my fatigue and perplexities as reparation for sin.

I shall work, above all, with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the world of God.

For Jesus through Mary, all in imitation of you, good St Joseph. This shall be my motto in life and in death. Amen.



On 1st May 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St Joseph the Worker – a day dedicated to the dignity of labour and honouring workers throughout the countries of the world. This liturgical feast serves as an incentive to all those involved in the enterprise of labour to devote themselves to the realisation of a social order in keeping with the Gospel.


O God, Creator of all things,
who laid down for the human race the law of work,
graciously grant
that by the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage
we may complete the works You set us to do
and attain the rewards You promise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



Here we are, Lord.

You wanted us to be united in Your Name, apostles through and through.

You reunited us, sending us as witnesses of Your love, extending Your Kingdom to the ends of the earth.

You need us to transmit Your Gospel in words and deeds.

We have a strong desire to love You and make You loved by those who live close or far from You.

Help us love everyone, living for the other.

Take hold of all our being, all our community so that we may, in the shadow of Your Spirit, patiently collaborate in the work of Your grace.

Make us fructify the gifts You have personally given us for the good of our community.

Make us be untiring, even in the face of disaster.

You love us; look after us who are the sons and daughters of the Church where You are always present.

Help us, Jesus, to understand what You wanted from us when You chose Your apostles to lead Your people in Your Name.

Make us recognise in Your apostles and their successors Your living presence that leads, orients, shelters and saves us.

Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, make us be a joyful, united, apostolic, a missionary and holy community for the glory of Your Name and the salvation of all. In Jesus’ Name.



What mind of man can imagine the love which the Eternal Father bears towards the Only Begotten Son? It has been from everlasting – and it is infinite.
And now what does He ask of me, but that, as He has loved me with an everlasting love, so I should love Him in such measures as I can show.
Complete Your work, Lord, and as You have loved me from the beginning, so make me love You until the end.

– Bl. John Henry Newman