Somehow I stumbled across this prayer of consecration to St. Joseph online and it touched my heart, so I’m sharing it with you! I’ve adapted a few words in this traditional prayer to St. Joseph to make it more appropriate for divorced and single Catholic mothers by replacing “us” or”we” with “I.” No other changes were made.
When my husband moved out I was bereft. We had a beautiful statue of St. Joseph, a gift from my mother-in-law, and I so asked St. Joseph to be “the man of the house.” I have entrusted to St. Joseph all my attempts to work and earn income since he has the title “St. Joseph The Worker.” It gives me comfort to know that as he cared for Mary and Jesus, he also cares for me and my children. Perhaps you’ll also find comfort in turning to St Joseph.
A Mother’s Prayer Consecrating Her Children to St. Joseph
to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son
amid the many dangers of this world.
I come to you and ask you to take
and members of His holy Church.
I consecrate them to you today, that through this consecration
they may become your foster children.
Guard them, guide their steps in life,
form their hearts after the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
protect my dear children for time and eternity.
May you be their father and counselor.
Let them, like Jesus,
grow in age as well as in wisdom and grace before God and men.
Preserve them from the corruption of this world,
and give me the grace one day to be united with them in Heaven forever.
More Prayers to St. Joseph – Not Just for Mothers
The original prayer is from Catholic Online. Visit Catholic Online or EWTN for more prayers to St. Joseph. Wouldn’t it be a beautiful practice to consecrate the children to St. Joseph on Father’s Day and renew it whenever we’re feeling a “lack of a father” in their lives? The feast day of St. Joseph the Worker would also be a special day to pray this consecration prayer. This optional feast day is May 1st and you can read more about it here on Catholic Culture.