St. Joseph Novena with Free Download!

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. ;-)

Download Your St. Joseph Novena Printables Here

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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Comments

  1. Super cool, Lacy! I’ve shared your craft on the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog. Thanks!

  2. I love this. We are def going to do this one! Thank you for sharing your holy skillz. You’re amazing!

  3. Oh how I love this! I can’t wait to use it with my kids. :)

  4. Another craft for my co-op class; you rock!

  5. Love this! Especially since we just sold our house, I’d love an extra special way to honor St. Joseph. Now, if I had any idea where I packed the colored pipe cleaners…

  6. Thanks for the great idea! I can’t wait to use it. I’m pretty sure the St. Joseph Novena starts on the 10th and ends on the 18th, the day before the feast day. For example, the Divine Mercy Novena ends the day before the feast day. Just a suggestion:)

  7. We’re doing this! You rock! Thanks for your continued inspiration.

  8. We just finished this; it came together so easily. :) Thank you for a great craft!

  9. Congratulations, I have awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award.
    I really appreciate all the wonderful ideas. I’ve used many of your tutorials to teach my kids about the faith and you’ve also helped me create activities for CCD. This is my first year teaching the First Communion class and your blog and pinterest board has been a Godsend.

    Go to my blog post and claim your banner and pass the award to 15 of your favorite bloggers: http://snipsansnails.blogspot.com/2012/03/versatile-blogger-award.html

  10. Thank you, Lacy! This is lovely.

  11. Perfect! Was just looking for a novena to St. Joseph since we’re having trouble finding/buying a home. Thank you! We’ll add your intentions to our novena too.

  12. Brilliant! I need this….for me! I’m dreadful at keeping track! Just think of all the other saints it could be modified for!

  13. margaret says:

    I love this idea and am doing the novena with my kids…as a little twist, I am using the kids’ handprints to make the flowers…
    http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2009/03/how-to-make-easter-lilies-bouquet-of-flowers-craft-with-your-kids-handprints/

  14. Lacy,
    Do you have a black & white printable download of the children’s mass booklet that can be colored?
    Thanks!

  15. Hi Lacy, I used your lily craft as part of my Easter symbol project with my first graders. It turned out great! I posted about it today and linked it back to you :) Thank you for sharing your talents with us. My class is blessed by your imagination and creativity! May God hold you tight this last week of Lent!

    St. Joseph, pray for us!

  16. exposition of 2 Thessalonians by john chrysostom homily 4……………………now in time
    check catholicbook.com for works