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.