Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse Institutes Perpetual Novena to St. Joseph
Today, the Feast of St. Joseph the Workman, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe instituted a Perpetual Novena to St. Joseph to be prayed every Wednesday afternoon after the recitation of the Rosary in the Shrine Church.
The first public recitation of the novena will occur on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, following the Rosary at 3:30 p.m.
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, encouraged all the faithful to take part in the perpetual novena. “God called St. Joseph to be the Husband of Mary and the Foster-Father of Jesus our Savior, and He gave him a most pure and just heart, in order that he might watch over and care for Jesus and Mary with true fatherly love and courage,” said Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. “St. Joseph continues to exercise his fatherly love on behalf of the members of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. As Patron of the Universal Church, he is a most powerful intercessor for us all. He is also a most powerful example of how pure and just we should be in all of our relationships with one another. I encourage all to take part in the Perpetual Novena to St. Joseph to obtain, through his intercession, the many graces of which the Church and her individual members have need today.”
A devotional area dedicated to St. Joseph the Workman is nestled along the Meditation Trail on the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Joseph is also depicted in statuary in the Shrine Church and in iconography in the Pilgrim Center.
The novena prayer to be recited was issued by Pope Leo XIII on August 15, 1889, in his encyclical on devotion to St. Joseph, Quamquam Pluries:
“To you, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of your thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg you also to take us under your protection. By that charity wherewith you were united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which you cherished the Child Jesus, we beseech you and we humbly pray that you will look down with gracious eyes, upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His Blood, and will help us in our need by your power and strength. Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen offspring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old you rescued the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from adversity. Shield us ever under your patronage, that, following your example and strengthened by your help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in heaven. Amen.”