What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph?
What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God. The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. St Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection, and guidance.
If you have already consecrated yourself to the Virgin Mary, can you be consecrated to St. Joseph, as well?
The answer is a resounding “Yes!” God desires that all children be committed to the care of a mother and a father. You are not a member of a single-parent spiritual family. Mary is your spiritual mother, and St. Joseph is your spiritual father. The spiritual fatherhood of St. Joseph is extremely important for your spiritual growth. Total consecration to Mary is not diminished by total consecration to St. Joseph. Mary wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Jesus wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Everything you have given to Jesus and Mary can also be given to St. Joseph. The hearts of Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph are one.
Consecration to St. Joseph emulates the tried-and-true preparation method employed by St. Louis de Montfort in his Marian consecration, highlighting many of St. Joseph’s titles, privileges, and heroic virtues. The program of preparation and consecration takes 33 days.
How to make your consecration as an individual:
- You’ll spend about 20-30 minutes a day on a short exposition on one of the invocations in the powerful Litany of St. Joseph, followed by a reading on St. Joseph, concluding with the recitation of the Litany of St. Joseph.
- If you miss a day, just make it up and continue your preparation.
- On the day of your consecration, feel free to use whichever act of consecration you like best; you can also make up your own, if you like.
Why consecration yourself to St. Joseph this year?
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021. Therefore, 2021 is the perfect time to make your consecration to St. Joseph, our Spiritual Father.
There are several opportunities throughout the year to begin your 33-day preparation:
- START OF THE 33 DAYS
- February 15
- March 30
- April 11
- July 16
- September 30
- November 8
- FEAST/CONSECRATION DAY
- March 19, Solemnity of St. Joseph
- May 1, St. Joseph the Worker
- May 13, Our Lady of Fatima
- August 17, Our Lady of Knock
- November 1, All Saints
- December 10, Our Lady of Loreto
Preparation for the next Consecration to St. Joseph begins November 8. A limited number of books for the Consecration to St. Joseph are available in the Parish Office ($15).