O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our tribulations and, whilst imploring the
aid of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By
that love which united thee to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and by the
fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Infant Jesus, we humbly
beseech thee graciously to regard the inheritance Jesus Christ purchased by His
Blood and to help us in our necessities by thy powerful intercession.
Protect, O most provident guardian of the Holy Family the chosen children of
Jesus Christ. Ward off from us, O
most loving father, all taint of error and corruption. Graciously
assist from Heaven, O most powerful protector, in our struggle with the powers
of darkness and, as thou didst once rescue the Child Jesus from imminent peril
to His life, so now defend the Holy Church of God from the snares of her enemies
and from all adversity. Shield each
one of us with thy unceasing patronage that, imitating thy example and supported
by thine aid, we may be enabled to live a good life, die a happy death and
secure everlasting happiness in Heaven. Amen.