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Hello!
I was just made aware that there is an Akathist Prayer to St. Joseph (the Betrothed). I was wondering if any of you all knew where I could find a copy of this prayer online? I searched briefly but could not find anything!
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Dear Jennifer,

Here is a translation of a prayer taken from an Akathist to St Joseph:

Prayer to St. Joseph the Betrothed

Dec 26 and the Sunday after Nativity

O holy, righteous Joseph!
Whilst still living on earth, thou hadst great boldness before the Son of God, Who was pleased to call thee His father, as thou wast betrothed to His Mother, and to obey thee: we believe that now, taking up thine abode with the choirs of the righteous in heavenly habitations, thou wilt be heard in thine every request to our God and Saviour.

Therefore, taking refuge in thy protection and help, we ask and humbly entreat thee, that as thou thyself wast delivered from the storm of doubtful thoughts, so too deliver us who are beset by the stormy waves of our troubles and passions; as thou didst guard the all-pure Virgin from human slander, guard us likewise from all false witness; as thou didst keep the incarnate Lord from all harm and evil intent, keep also His Orthodox Church and all of us from all malice and harm.

Thou knowest, O Saint of God, that the Son of God too in the days of His incarnation had need of bodily things, and thou didst serve Him; for this cause we pray thee: aid us in our temporal needs by thine intercession, granting us all good things needful unto us in this life: and especially we ask thee to pray Him Who was called thy son, Who is the Only-begotten Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, to grant us remission of our sins, that we may be worthy of inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, so that, taking up our abode in the higher habitations with thee, we may alway glorify the God Who is One in the Holy Trinity: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and unto ages of ages.

Amen.

From an Akathist to the Saint ("Polny Sbornik Molitv", pp. 300-301)

http://www.orthodox.net/trebnic/to-joseph-the-betrothed.html

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And here's a link to the full text of an Akathist According to the Usage of the Kyivan Church of the Catholic Communion

http://hometown.aol.com/dangellbrown/akathistjoseph.html

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Some Byzantine Catholic Churches (e.g., Melkites and Romanians) commemorate March 19th as the repose of Saint Joseph. The Melkites also refer to as the "transfer to heaven of Saint Joseph"

Saint Joseph, pray for us!

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Video of the Akathist Hymn to the Righteous Joseph, the Betrothed of the All-Holy Virgin Mary performed at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Springdale, AR: link.

Text of Akathist: link.

Akathist Hymn to the Righteous Joseph from Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA: link.


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