An Ancient Prayer to St. Joseph:
Keeping with this 150th Jubilee we are sharing prayers and articles about St. Joseph. A friend stopped by with this prayer which is thought to be dated within the First Century A.D.
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me, and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.
For men and women of today, just as for those of any other age—from Nazareth to today—St. Joseph represents a dearly loved and venerable figure, whose vocation and dignity we admire. For this quiet, steadfast protector, and provider for Jesus and Mary, we offer great thanks. We ask him to watch over our own families, where they may be, in their necessities and trials. May his petition before the throne of the Heavenly Father of Jesus bring God’s strength, grace and blessing upon the family of the Church and all the families around the world. May he provide us with a model whose silent teaching we should attempt to follow.
Go to St. Joseph!