A Prayer to Saint Joseph
To you, O Blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our
tribulations, and while imploring the aid of your most
holy spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
By that love which united you to the Immaculate Virgin
Mother of God, and by the fatherly affection with which
you embraced the Infant Jesus, we humbly beseech you
graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ
purchased by his blood, and to help us in our necessities
by your powerful intercession.
Protect, O most provident guardian of the Holy Family,
the chosen children of Jesus Christ; ward off from us,
O most loving father, all taint of error and corruption;
graciously assist us from heaven, O most powerful
protector, in our struggle with the powers of darkness;
and as you once rescued the Child Jesus from imminent
peril to his life, so now defend the Holy Church of God
from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us with your unceasing patronage,
that, imitating your example, and supported by your aid,
we may be enabled to lead a good life, die a holy death,
and secure everlasting happiness in heaven.