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Monday, 20 March 2017

Pope Leo’s Prayer 
to St. Joseph

To you, O Blessed St. Joseph 
we come in our tribulation, 
having implored the help 
of the Most Blessed Mary, 
we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through the great love which bound 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 upon us, 
the inheritance which, Jesus Christ 
has purchased by His Blood, 
and with your power and strength 
come to aid us now in our necessities.

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, 
we beg you, defend us, 
the chosen children of Jesus Christ:

O Most Loving Father, 
ward off from us every contagion of error 
and corrupting influence:

O Most Mighty Protector, 
be gracious to us and from Heaven 
assist us in our struggle with 
the power of darkness; 
and as you once rescued the Child Jesus 
from deadly peril, 

so now protect God’s Holy Church 
from the snares of the enemy and 
from all adversity; 

shield, too, each one of us 
in your constant protection, 
so that supported by your example and aid, 
we may be able to live piously, holily, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Pope Leo XIII