First Friday, May 1, 2015: Our Lady's Husband

J.M.J. On this the First Friday and the Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker, we implore the Heart of Christ, Our Ever-Virgin Mother and her Chaste Spouse to pray for all priests.


Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father N., 
priest of Jesus Christ, 
and beg you to be to him, 
advocate and defender, counselor and friend.

Open your heart to him as you opened your home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need.

Protect his Holy Priesthood as you 
protected the life of the Infant Christ 
threatened by cruel Herod. 
In darkness bring him light; 
in weakness, strength, and 
in fear the peace that passes understanding.

For the sake of the tender love 
that bound you to the Virgin Mary 
and the Infant Christ, be for him, 
Saint Joseph, a constant intercessor and a shield against every danger of body, mind, and soul 
so that, in spite of his weaknesses and sins, 
his Priesthood may bring glory to Christ 
and serve to increase the beauty of holiness 
in his bride the Church.


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