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NOVENA PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO

PATRON OF STUDENTS DOING EXAMS


AND PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL
(Fist day 18 September)

Because his father had died leaving debts and his family was consequently homeless, Joseph
Desa was an unwelcome addition when he was born in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. As a child he
was slow witted and had a habit of standing with his mouth open staring into space. He also
had a terrible temper, probably born of frustration. Even his own mother thought him
worthless. As a young man he joined the Capuchins but was sent away because the ecstasies
he experienced made him unsuitable for work. Finally he was accepted by the Franciscans
who, seeing his holiness put him forward to train for the priesthood. Joseph found the studies
difficult, and the best he could do was to learn a small portion of the material he was supposed
to know, and then pray that thats what he would be asked. Whilst with the Franciscans he
began to levitate in ecstasy at the mention of any holy thing and only a command from his
superior could bring him to earth. He was also investigated because of his anti gravitational
activities and subsequently moved into seclusion. He then had his own room and chapel and
was unable to leave them. Often those in charge even forgot to bring him food but he accepted
everything with humility. St Joseph of Cupertino died a holy death aged sixty. He is patron of
students doing exams, travelers (especially those by air), pilots, and is invoked by children,
adults and the elderly who are unloved, abandoned or neglected.

FIRST DAY:
Dear St Joseph, you were an unwanted child and were thought
worthless even by your own mother. Intercede for all unwanted children that they may come
to know they were born out of Gods love for them. We pray especially for (mention your
request). Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

SECOND DAY:
Dear St Joseph, you were an angry, frustrated child. We pray
for all who struggle to express themselves, and that you help us overcome sins of anger. We
pray especially for (mention your request). Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

THIRD DAY:
Dear St Joseph, you experienced no love in your family and
were considered of little account by all who knew you. We pray for all who have experienced
the same. May we learn to treat everyone as having the worth they have in Gods eyes. We
pray especially for (mention your request). Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

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FOURTH DAY:
Dear St Joseph, you suffered because you found it
difficult to learn. We pray for all those who struggle at school. May they take comfort from
the fact that although learning wasnt easy for you, this didnt stop you from becoming a
saint. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

FIFTH DAY:
Dear St Joseph, you did the best with the intelligence you did
have and put the rest in Gods hands. That way you passed all your exams and became a
priest. We pray for all those struggling with exams. May we also do our best in everything
and trust in God to guide our lives. We pray especially for (mention your request /intention,

Exam of ...)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

SIXTH DAY:
Dear St Joseph, even the thought or mention of anything holy
made you levitate in ecstasy. Grant us something of the understanding and reverence for God
and his saints that you had. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen. Our Father,
Hail Mary, Glory be.

SEVENTH DAY:
Dear St Joseph, only when your superior ordered you to,
were you able to come back down to earth. May we too have a love for and obedience to the
teachings of the Church. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen. Our Father,
Hail Mary, Glory be.

EIGHTH DAY: v
Dear St Joseph, you were unjustly
suspected, confined to your room and neglected by those charged with looking after you. You
accepted all this with humility. We pray for all those unjustly imprisoned, and that we too
may have the humility to accept injustice for the love of Christ. We pray especially for
(mention your request). Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
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NINTH DAY:
Dear St Joseph, because you could
levitate you are the patron of travelers, especially air travelers. We pray for all those traveling
that they may safely reach their destinations. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
EXAM PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH CUPERTINO
This powerful prayer is very effective in examinations. It has to be said before examination
O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino, at the written part of the examination in the oral part of the
exam pray for, help! Amen

First Prayer
O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God
the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for . a like favour in the
examinations for which is now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be
invoked. I pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for me.
Holy Mary, our Lady of Good Studies pray for me.
Our Lady of good Consolation pray for me.
All time helping Mother Help, help me!
Amen.

Second Prayer
O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only
preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of examination )
examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me, I do need hep!
O Holy Ghost enlighten me.
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine Wisdom, enlighten me.
O infinite Wisdom of the Sacred Head Jesus guide me in all my ways.
O Understanding, which knows all things, ever guide me with Thy Light.
O Seat of Divine Wisdom and guiding Power of the Sacred Heart Jesus, may all minds know Thee,
all hearts love Thee, and all tongues praise Thee, now and for evermore. Amen.
Pray three Glorias, in honour of the Divine Will, Memory and Understanding.
(Remember, when you succeed in the exams then you should thank )

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