PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH
Patron Saint of Universal Church (jubilee year 2021)
Patron Saint of Fathers, Patron Saint of Families. Patron Saint of Married People
Terror of Demons
Head of the Holy Family
Original prayer: Leo XIII, Quamquam Pluries. 15 aug. 1889.
O blessed Joseph,
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.
The Dream of St Joseph, Jan Luyken, c. 1700. The Art of Christianity Collection. Used with Permission.