Stressing Over Exams? Pray These Prayers to St Joseph of Cupertino For Success in Exams


2018 Update: What a pleasure to see all the testimonies on this page,  of how praying for the intercession of St  Joseph of Cupertino has brought successful exam outcomes.  Keep the comments coming!  Ora Pro Nobis S. Josephi di Cupertino!

St Joseph of Cupertino is the last Saint you would expect to pray for success in even the simplest of exams.

He was never known to be the sharpest knife in the draw.

So Then, Why Should We Pray to St Joseph of Cupertino  For Help With Exams?

It’s an interesting story.

St Joseph of Cupertino  was what people used to call “slow” before the era of political correctness.

Early on in his life, he was anything but a success.

According to his biographers,

“He was absent-minded, he was awkward, he was nervous; a sudden noise, such as the ringing of a church-bell, would make him drop his schoolbooks on the floor. He would sit with his companions after school-hours, and try to talk like them, but every time his conversation would break down; he could not tell a story to the end, no matter how he tried. His very sentences would stop in the middle because he could not find the right words. Altogether, even for those who pitied him, and wished to be kind to him, Joseph was something of a trial.”  Source: EWTN.

No one wanted to be his friend.  Even his mom was ashamed of him and gave him lots of grief.

One day something happened that changed St Joseph of Cupertino’s life.

A friar came into the village begging for bread.

St Joseph thought to himself, ” I might be horrible at everything, but surely I am  good at   begging for bread”.

And thus his journey began with the Franciscan Friars.

His Life With the Friars & Ordination to the Priesthood

Even after being admitted to  the Order, St Joseph of Cupertino had a difficult time.

However, despite his mental shortcomings, and constant ribbing and abuse from his fellow friars, God granted him many favors.

To the shock of his confreres, who thought he would never aspire to the priesthood, he became a priest.

At seminary, it came time for him to take his final exams, the examiner asked him a question on the only Biblical text that he knew by heart and that he loved to expound upon.

 “His superiors set him to his studies, in the hope that he might learn enough to be ordained, but the effort seemed hopeless. With all his good intentions he learnt to read with the greatest difficulty, and, says his biographer, his writing was worse. He could never expound a Sunday Gospel in a way to satisfy his professors; one only text seemed to take hold of him, and on that he could always be eloquent; speaking from knowledge which was not found in books. It was a text of St. Luke (xi, 27): “Beatus venter qui te portavit.” Nevertheless he succeeded in being ordained, and the story of his success is one of those mysteries of grace, repeated in the lives of other saints, down to that of the Cure d’Ars in the last century, by which Christ Himself lets us see that for His priesthood He chooses “whom He will Himself,” no matter what regulations man may make.”  Source: EWTN.


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Is that not true favor from the Lord?

St Joseph of Cupertino’s Holy Life

St Joseph of Cupertino went on to perform lots of miracles and could be seen levitating constantly.

This is why he is known as the “flying monk”.

The Traditional Breviary tells us “He chastised his body with a hair-shirt, with scourgings and all kinds of austerities, and nourished his spirit continually with the food of holy prayer, so that he was called by God to the highest degree of contemplation. Outstanding for obedience and poverty, he cultivated chastity above all, and preserved in unharmed, conquering great temptations. He honoured the Virgin Mary with a wonderful love and shone for his great charity toward the poor. His humility was so deep that he thought himself a great sinner and earnestly prayed God to take away the remarkable gifts he had been given. He journeyed through many places at the command of the superior of the Order and of the holy Inquisition; finally, at Osimo in Piceno, in the sixty-first year of his age, he made the last journey, to heaven.” 

So you see, those who need a little extra help because of an upcoming exam, have recource to St Jospeh of Cupertino, the patron saint of students.

And now … the prayers.

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Prayers to St Joseph of Cupertino For Success in Exams

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 me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
Through Christ our Lord.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.

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 eg. History paper I ) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.

31 thoughts on “Stressing Over Exams? Pray These Prayers to St Joseph of Cupertino For Success in Exams

  1. tanya

    I would like to thank the Almighty God for my success in all my exams. And to you st Joseph of Cupertino for interceding for me. These prayers really work and to God be the glory! He is forever faithful, failure is not my portion in Jesus’ name.

  2. Stephanie Uchendu

    saint cupertino,
    i strongly believe and have faith in you,your the coolest saint ever i love you so much i want you to be my best friend,i know i’ll pass my waec with flying colours,i love u so much,thank you saint cupertino cause i know i’ve already passed

  3. Claudia

    I would like to thank my heavenly father for my success in all my exams for semester 1 and allowing me to go to semester 2. Lord Jesus I have four more semesters to go and I leave them all your hands. Again I say thank you for Lord for all that you do for me and my family. Lord Jesus take me and mold me lead the way that I may follow you without question.

    1. Anonymous

      Amen!! I am Grateful for St Joseph Cupertino also. Praying those prayers and trusting God to lead the way has gotten me great results. I passed all My Finals and on to the Next semester.

  4. Lani

    I would like to thanks almighty God and St. Joseph Cupertino for helping me during exams. Thank you for your presence…

  5. A grateful mother

    A great thank you to St Joseph of Cupertino for his intercession in asssiting my son to pass his final oral examination for the sacrament of Confirmation. 💕

    1. Christabel Opoku Brafi

      It is very true and i thank the almighty Lord for what he has done for me .Thank you St. Joseph of Cupertino

  6. anonymous

    I want to thank you so much St. Joseph of Cupertino for hearing and answering my prayers. Thank you for your intercession on my behalf, I passed the test. I praise and honour you St. Joseph of Cupertino.

  7. Derina

    Dear St Joseph of Cupertino
    Thank you for helping me clear my interview and get a job..
    Thank you so much ..
    Thank you God!!

  8. NK

    Dear St Joseph of Cupertino
    Help my daughter Ananya with success in her BMM exam at St Xaviers today. I pray for your intercession on her behalf to be successful in hee entrance today and get a seat in Xaviers. I promise to make you known through a newspaper ad for the same.

  9. NC

    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 my daughter a like favour in the examinations for which she has prepared – pray for her success at the Symbiosis Law College and Jindal Law College. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.

  10. Anita

    I would like to thank almighty God and St. Joseph Cupertino for helping my daughter during her exams. Thank you for your presence…

  11. Alberto Osuji

    As I was preparing for my PMP exams, I was quite not settled given the pressures around me. I prayed and made intercessions through St. Joseph of Cupertino and after all the challenges that came my way, I went into the exam confident and to the glory of God and our blessed Mother Mary, I passed my exams. Thank you St. Joseph of Cupertino for the miracle.

  12. Morella Charlery

    Thank you St.Joseph of Cupertino. I prayed for your help to take my certification board exam and that the questions would be the ones that I ‘m knowledgeable of the answers. I also asked you to intercede for me so the Holy Spirit keep me calm and focused throughout the exam and you did. I promised to return after I pass my exam to make you known to others .Amen

  13. Paul

    I prayed the novena to Saint Joseph of cupertino and I passed my professional exams exceedingly well. I was the second best on all candidates who took the exams although I had considered myself not fully prepared for the exams…
    I thank you Saint Joseph for your intercession.

  14. Carmela Joy Padilla

    St joseph of Cupertino please help to pass the exam of celpip in reading, listening, writing and speaking. I will thank you always in my life and to well known to the others who will take the exam. Guide me and be with me in the examination day. Help me to answer correctly the exam . Thank you. Amen

  15. Anya

    Oh my saint Joseph of cupertino please help me pass my maths and science exams thins Monday to Wednesday. I will not forget u after this. Please help me get high grades that will satisfy me and my parents. Please help me to go to Secondary 2 Express stream and not get deprecated to Normal Academic stream. Thank u so much.

  16. A thankful mother

    Dear St. Joseph,
    I have prayed for my son Steve to pass his finals. Despite health problems and severe testing anxiety, I know it was with your intervention that he passed his finals last week. Thank you SO much. I now ask your help with his board exams. You faced such obstacles in your own life and I thank you for your inptirations now. Thank you for answered prayers, through Jesus and Mary. Amen.

  17. Truly Blessed mother of wonderful teens!

    Dear St Joseph,

    Please hear my prayer for my son to achieve a higher SAT score and reach his goal. I pray for help and inspiration.

    I promise to make you known and cause you to be involked.


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