Wednesday, May 27, 2015: Our Lady and Saint Joseph


Prayer to Saint Joseph
by Pope Leo XIII (1889)
To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, 
and having asked the 
 help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently 
ask your patronage also. 
 Through that sacred bond of charity which united you to 
the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God 
and through the fatherly love with 
which you embraced the Child Jesus, 
we humbly beg you to look graciously 
upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ 
purchased by His Blood, and to aid us 
in our necessities with your power and strength.

O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, 
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. 
Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood 
and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously 
assist us from Heaven in our struggle with 
the powers of darkness. And just as you 
once saved the Child Jesus from mortal 
danger, so now defend God’s Holy Church 
from the snares of her enemies and from 
all adversity. Shield each one of us by 
your constant protection, so that, supported 
by your example and your help, we may 
be able to live a virtuous life, to die 
a holy death, and to obtain 
eternal happiness in Heaven. 

Mary, Chaste Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.

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