Prayers to St. Joseph, Patron of the Church
MOST POWERFUL Patriarch St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, which has always invoked thee in anxiety and trouble, from the exalted seat of thy glory cast a loving glance upon the whole Catholic world. let thy fatherly heart be touched at the sight of the Mystical Spouse and the Vicar of Christ overwhelmed with sorrow and persecuted by powerful enemies. Oh, by the bitter anguish thou didst experience upon earth, dry the tears of the venerable Pontiff, defend him, comfort him, intercede for him with the Giver of peace and charity, that, all adversity being removed and all error dissipated, the entire Church may serve God in perfect liberty. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH MILITANT
O GLORIOUS St. Joseph, chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the chaste spouse of Mary ever Virgin and the head of the Holy Family, and then appointed by the Vicar of Christ to be the Heavenly patron and defender of the Church founded by Jesus, most confidently do I implore at this moment thy powerful aid for all the Church Militant on earth. Do thou shield with thy truly paternal love especially the Supreme Pontiff and all the bishops and priests who are in union with the Holy See of Peter. Be the defender of all who labor for souls amidst the trials and tribulations of this life, and cause all the peoples of the earth to submit themselves in a docile spirit to that Church which is the ark of salvation for all men.
dear St. Joseph, to accept this dedication of myself which I now make
thee. I dedicate myself wholly to thee, that thou mayest ever be my
my patron and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great
of heart and a fervent devotion to the interior life. Grant that,
thine example, I may direct all my actions to the greater glory of God,
in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of
and in union with thee. Finally, pray for me that i may be a partaker
the peace and joy which were thine at the hour of thy holy death. Amen.