Here’s a novena for St. Joseph that’s fun and interactive to do with kids! The best part is, it’s free to download and print all the pieces you need!
I didn’t grow up praying novenas, and the word “novena” used to scare me- because I didn’t understand the concept, and it felt complicated. Let me let you in on a little secret. It’s not complicated. A novena is simply a prayer that you pray 9 days in a row. There’s really no way to mess that up. 🙂
Why do we pray novenas for 9 days? Well, when Jesus ascended into heaven, he asked the apostles to pray. After 9 days of prayer, the Holy Spirit descended upon them (this day is known as Pentecost) and so the novena was born.
In this printable novena to St. Joseph, I used a prayer that is said to be 1900 years old. I paired it with a beautiful painting of St. Joseph by Reni. Just print it out, cut around the outside lines, and fold in the sides. You can set this up in your home on your family altar, mantel, or another table. The prayer you’ll be praying for 9 days is right on the front for you. If you have a special intention, you can add it each day after saying the prayer.
What’s with the lilies? Well, that’s where the counting part comes in. Lilies are a popular symbol of St. Joseph because they stand for purity. He’s often pictured holding lilies. I have a page of printable lily templates included in the download so you get 9 lilies total- one for each day of your St. Joseph novena. After saying your prayer each day, lay one of the lilies in front of St. Joseph. When you have all 9 lilies in front of St. Joseph, your novena is complete!
The lilies say “St. Joseph, pray for us”. I love that!
How to Assemble Your Printable Lily Templates:
Cut them out along the outside lines, and roll them into a lily shape leaving a small hole at the bottom. Attach with glue or tape. Curl the edges of each petal out with your finger or a round pencil.
Take a short piece of yellow pipe cleaner, fold it in half, and curl the edges out slightly. Cut a green pipe cleaner in half, and then fold it in half again.
Hook the yellow and green pieces together, then twist the green stem pieces together all the way down to the end. Put the stem through the top of your paper lily, and pull until the green part sticks out of the bottom, and the yellow part is inside your lily.
Once you’ve assembled all 9 of your lilies, place them in a small vase. (And when I say small, I mean very small. A shot glass will actually work just fine). Keep your vase of lilies near-by so you can place one in front of St. Joseph each day of the novena.
Tada! That’s it! Takes all the guess work out of novenas. If you want to pray a novena to St. Joseph that ends on his feast day, you’ll want to begin your novena on March 11. St. Joseph’s feast day is March 19. This novena could also be used if you’re asking for St. Joseph’s help in selling your house. He’s known for that. 😉
When you’re finished with your novena, you can use these printables to adorn your St. Joseph’s altar. 🙂
We’re in the middle of a novena to St. Joseph for my husband right now. He has a complicated case of the shingles, and we’re praying for an intercession from St. Joseph because that’s Mark’s confirmation saint. I wanted a way to get my kids involved in this (and to keep count of the days and hold myself accountable) and this seemed like a good idea. I’m very intrigued with the idea of interactive novenas for kids. Expect to see more novena ideas for kids in the near future. 😉
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