Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus
and chaste husband of Mary,
you passed your life
in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family
with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.
You know their aspirations,
their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know
understand and protect them.
You too knew trial,
labour and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life,
was full of deep peace
and sang out in true joy
through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you
and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labour alone.
Teach them to find Jesus
and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done.
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill,
and a time to heal;
a time to break down,
and a time to build ... continue reading
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