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in honor of st. joseph

March 19, 2010

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, so I thought I’d share two of my favorite prayers to St. Joseph with you.

The first is to St. Joseph the Worker, who is honored by that title on May 1, but it is still one of my favorite prayers.  The second is a beautiful Act of Consecration to St. Joseph.

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH THE WORKMAN
Composed by Pope St. Pius X
O glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.

Act of Consecration to Saint Joseph

O Blessed Joseph, foster father of my Savior and chaste spouse of the mother of God, this day I irrevocably adopt thee for my intercessor with the Almighty as well as my model, my protector and my father in the valley of exile.

O St. Joseph, whom the Lord constituted as guardian of His Family, I beseech thee to extend they tender solicitude over all my interests.  Kindle in my heart a vehement love for Jesus and enable me to serve Him with all thy devotedness and fidelity.  Aid my inability to venerate Mary as my advocate, to honor her as my Queen and to love her as my Mother.

Be my never-failing guide in the way of virtue and piety, and grant that, after having faithfully followed thee in the path of justice, I may receive thy powerful protection at the hour of my death.

Amen.

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