Novena to St. Joseph

March 11 to 19

We invite you to join the Novena to St. Joseph, March 11-19, 2019. The Feast of St. Joseph is on March 19. St. Joseph is both the Patron Saint of Canada and of our Canadian Martyrs. A Novena of Masses and the Novena Prayers to St Joseph will be offered for the intentions of all making the Novena. During the Novena, intentions that are sent to Martyrs’ Shrine will be left on the private altar of the Jesuit Fathers beside the relics of Sts Jean de Brébeuf, Gabriel Lalement, and Charles Garnier. May the Martyrs, co-patrons of Canada, St. Joseph and Mary, Queen of Martyrs, intercede for all of us and for our country.

Prayer to the Martyrs

Holy Martyrs and patrons, watch over this land consecrated by the shedding of your blood. By your prayer, renew the Catholic faith that you helped to establish here, foster a deeper unity among Christians, and bring all our fellow citizens to a deeper knowledge and love of the truth. May we be zealous in bearing witness to Christ, so that we may continue and perfect your labours. Pray with us for our homes, our schools, our missions, for vocations, for the conversion of sinners, for a warm welcome in our communities to those who are rediscovering their faith, and for the perseverance of all the faithful. Amen.

Prayer to our Lady

Glorious Queen of Martyrs, the early missionaries of this country were devoted to you, and through your help they received many graces. I know that your Divine Son lovingly remembers all they did for His greater service and praise: that they preached the gospel and made His holy name known to thousands who had never heard of Him, and then for love of Him, had their apostolic labours crowned by shedding their blood. Exercise your motherly influence as you did at Cana, and pray with me now, asking Him to grant me what I ask in this Novena, if it be according to His holy will. Amen.

Prayer to St. Joseph

Dear Saint Joseph, chosen by God to be the husband of Mary and protector of Jesus, the martyrs saw in you a model of quiet courage and charity, and chose you as their patron. Pray with me now, and ask Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, to grant me what I ask in this Novena (here mention it), if it be according to His holy will. Amen.


O God, who inflamed the hearts of your blessed Martyrs with great zeal for the salvation of all people, I pray that, through their intercession, you answer my petition, so that the favours obtained through their intercession may witness to the whole world the power and glory of your name. Amen.

St. Jean de Brébeuf, pray for us
St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us
St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us
St. Antoine Daniel, pray for us
St. Charles Garnier, pray for us
St. Noël Chabanel, pray for us
St. René Goupil, pray for us
St. Jean de Lalande, pray for us

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