Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Tuesday 20 April |
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Fall asleep in peace with this prayer to St. Joseph


Marie-Lan Nguyen | Wikimedia Commons | CC-BY 2.5

Philip Kosloski - published on 02/19/20

St. Joseph is the perfect intercessor for falling asleep, who was held in his last hours by Jesus himself.

Sometimes the many cares of this world can make going to sleep a chore. Our anxiety is difficult to let go and we spend an hour trying to calm ourselves down.

One powerful intercessor is St. Joseph!

Many traditions hold that Joseph died in the arms or presence of Jesus and Mary. It’s a beautiful image, one that has led the Church to proclaim Joseph the patron saint of a “happy death.”

In a similar way, sleep is a kind of surrender, and so it makes perfect sense to invoke St. Joseph. Even just imagining the scene of ourselves sleeping in the arms of Jesus, Mary and Joseph can set our heart at ease!

Here is a short prayer from the book, St. Joseph, his life, his virtues (published in 1884) that we can pray over and over again as we fall asleep, letting God’s peace wash over us.

O dear St. Joseph, I resolve, every night before I close my eyes in sleep, to recite the following aspirations:“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I offer to you my heart and soul.”“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.”


Read more:
“Te lucis ante terminum”: A prayer to help you fall asleep peacefully

Consecration to St. Joseph

Read more:
How the Consecration to St. Joseph can change your life

Prayers for a Particular NeedSaints
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Top 10
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
Philip Kosloski
5 Fascinating facts about Jesus in the Eucharist
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
Brett Salkeld
How to vaccinate like a Catholic
Cerith Gardiner
The lasting lesson from the late Prince Philip
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.