In order to help us prepare for the Feast of St Joseph on Thursday, we will be reciting a prayer to him after all Masses. The practice of three days of special prayers in preparation for the Feast of St Joseph was encouraged by Pope Leo XIII in 1889. We invite you to join us in in this prayer which is below.
St Joseph was given the great privilege of being the foster father of the Son of God, and protector of his spouse the Blessed Virgin Mary. St Thomas tells us that while other saints may be particularly powerful in certain necessities, St Joseph is powerful in all our needs, for Our Lord could not but have a great affection for this most holy Saint.
Prayer to St JosephComposed by Pope Leo XIII in Quamquam Pluries.
To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and wilt succor us in our need by thy power and strength. Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen off-spring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.