Blessed Pope John XXIII’s Prayer to St. Joseph

The foster father of Jesus, St. Joseph, has been more a part of the church’s devotional life rather than its liturgical life. The following prayer by Blessed Pope John XXIII is a wonderful tribute to the courage and strength of St. Joseph, and all fathers.

Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor, and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you, and, with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. Amen.

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