Novena of Thanksgiving
In Preparation for the Canonization of
Blessed Brother André Bessette, C.S.C.
March 11, 2010 to March 19, 2010
October 9, 2010 to October 17, 2010
Day One: Brother André, friend of St. Joseph, the Model of Workers
Greeting: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Opening Prayer: Lord, You chose Brother André as an apostle of Saint Joseph and friend of the afflicted.
As we offer you thanksgiving and praise as we prepare to celebrate his canonization help us to imitate
his life of prayer and service in order to share with him in the joys of everlasting life. We ask this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever.
Reading: Mark 13: 54-58
He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were
astounded and said, “Where does this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is this not the
carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon
and Judas? Are not all his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. “Prophets are not
without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not perform many
deeds of power there because of their unbelief.
Presider: Faithful to Brother André’s Counsel, “Go to Joseph,” we turn in Prayer to St. Joseph, the
Model of Laborers.
Prayer to Joseph:
Good Saint Joseph, when God wanted a family for his Son,
He Looked among the laborers, and chose you along with Mary,
demonstrating his esteem for human work.
You put your heart into your work,
and shared your workshop with Jesus.
Your work, like that of all other humans,
found new meaning in the presence of God.
Sustain us with the hope of finding work
when we are confronted with the desolation of unemployment.
Counsel business leaders to create an equitable division of labor
that is respectful of indi