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PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH
OF THE JOSEPHITES


Ever blessed and glorious Joseph,
kind and loving father,
and helpful friend of all in sorrow.
You are the good father and protector of orphans,
the defender of the defenseless,
the patron of those in need and sorrow.
Look kindly on my and my need.
My sins have drawn down on me
the just displeasure of our God,
and so I am surrounded by unhappiness.
To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth,
do I go for help and protection.
Listen, I beg you,
with fatherly concern to my earnest prayers,
and obtain for me the help I ask,
if it is the will of our God.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God,
which moved Him to take our nature
and be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured
when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem
for the holy Virgin,
nor a place where the Son of God could be born.
Then, being everywhere refused,
you had to allow the Queen of Heaven
to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus,
which you conferred on the adorable Infant.

I ask it by that painful torture you felt
at the prophecy of holy Simeon,
which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother
as future victims of our sins
and of their great love for us.

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul
when the angel declared to you
that the life of the Child Jesus
was sought by His enemies.
From their evil plan you had to flee with Him
and His Blessed Mother into Egypt.

I ask it by all the suffering, weariness,
and labours of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the sacred Child
and His Immaculate Mother
during your second journey,
when you were ordered to return to your own country.

I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth
where you met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress
when the adorable Child was lost to you
and His Mother for three days.

I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple,
and by the comfort you found at Nazareth,
while living in the company of the Child Jesus.

I ask it by the wonderful submission
He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity
you showed in accepting the Divine order
to depart from this life,
and from the company of Jesus and Mary.

I ask it by the joy while filled your soul,
when the Redeemer of the world,
triumphant over death and hell,
entered into the possession of His kingdom,
and led you into it with special honors.

I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption,
and through that endless happiness
you share with her in the presence of God.

O good father, I beg you,
by all your sufferings,
sorrows and joys,
to hear me and obtain for me
the help I need.
Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers
everything that is useful to them
in the plan of god.
Finally, my dear patron and father,
be with me and all who are dear to me
in our last moments,
that we may eternally
sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

(The Josephites: Permission of Very Reverend Eugene P McManus, SSJ, Superior General. Nihil Obstat, Reverend Monsignor Carroll E Satterfield, Censor Librorum. Imprimatur, His Eminence Lawrence Cardinal Shehan, Archbishop of Baltimore.)



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