A Prayer on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph

God our Father,
You gave to us the just-man Saint Joseph,
who was completely obedient
to the call of the Holy Spirit,
by being spouse to the
Virgin Mother of God
and watching like a father over Jesus,
Your Only Begotten Son.

Gracious Father,
charge once again Saint Joseph,
to watch over us as he watched over
Mary and Your Son, Jesus:
to know Your Will,
to be given the grace to carry it out faithfully, and
the wisdom to respond to Your love for us.

Saint Joseph,
guard and protect us from all that keeps us
from following more closely
in the unfolding mysteries
of the Father’s plan for our salvation
and the salvation of the world.

As in all things,
we make this prayer through
our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.