PRAYERS TO ST. JOSEPH FOR A HAPPY DEATH

HAIL, Joseph, most holy patriarch, vіrgіnal spouse of the Vіrgіn Mother of God and foster father of Jesus! Thou wast worthy of seeing, hearing, embracing and saluting the infant Incarnate Word, and didst enjoy the singular privilege of most sweet converse with Jesus and Mary. As it was in their arms thy immaculate soul passed forth from thy chaste body, be to me a powerful defender in the agony of death; and as thou didst surpass all in sanctity on earth and in glory among the blessed, obtain for me a holy life and a glorious immortality. Amen.

O GLORIOUS St. Joseph, whom I contemplate dying between Jesus and Mary, obtain for me, as well as for all those who are dear to me, the grace of leading a life like unto thine, so that we may die, like thee, the death of the just, assisted in our last struggle by our Divine Savior and His most holy Mother. O Joseph, holy patron of a good death, I take refuge at the foot of thy altar, to implore thee to succor me at the moment when the sovereign Judge will call me to appear in His presence. When my eyes shall be ready to close to the light of this world, when my tongue shall be able only with difficulty to repeat the names of Jesus and Mary, come then to me — come to present my soul to God, who wished to be to thee as a son, and obtain that the sentence He shall pronounce over me may make me a partaker of the glory thou dost enjoy in heaven. Amen.

O BLESSED St. Joseph, who didst yield thy last breath in the fond embrace of Jesus and Mary, when death shall close my career, come, holy father, with Jesus and Mary, to aid me, and obtain for me the only solace which I ask at that hour, to die under thy protection. Living and dying, into your sacred hands, O Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I commend my soul.

O SAINT Joseph, protector of those in agony, take pity on such as at this very moment when I pray to thee are engaged in their last combat. Take pity on my soul when the hour shall have come when I must wage it. Then, O my holy patron, do not abandon me; but in granting me thy assistance, show that thou art my good father, and grant that my Divine Savior may receive me in mercy into that abode where the elect enjoy a life that shall never end!


PRAYERS IN HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH FOR THE AGONIZING

Eternal Father, by Thy love for St. Joseph, whom Thou didst choose in preference to all men to represent Thee on earth, have mercy on us and on the dying.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Eternal Divine Son, by Thy love for St. Joseph, who was Thy faithful guardian on earth, have mercy on us and on the dying.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Eternal Divine Spirit, by Thy love for St. Joseph, who so carefully watched over Mary, Thy beloved Spouse, have mercy on us and on the dying.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.


LITANY

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

St. Joseph, foster father of Christ, we beseech thee, hear us.
St. Joseph, patron of the dying, etc.
Obtain for him (her) forgiveness of his (her) sins,
Obtain for him great patience,
Obtain for him perfect resignation,
Obtain for him a living and unshaken faith,
Obtain for him a firm confidence,
Obtain for him ardent charity,
Avert from him the attacks of the enemy,
Protect him from the temptations that assail him,
Preserve him from despondency and despair,
Obtain for him the grace of Jesus Christ,
Assist him and do not abandon him,
Come to his aid in his weakness,
Assist him in his abandonment,
Obtain for him a happy death,
Obtain for him a merciful judgment,

Conduct his soul to the vision of Jesus, there to obtain mercy for him.


ASPIRATIONS

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.

Indulgence of 300 days, each time, for all three. — Pius VII, April 28, 1807.