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  1. Thanks be to our SAINT JOSEPH, and thanks be to his most Holy Spouse, the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY for their role in our eternal salvation as they were chosen to be the HOLY FAMILY with OUR LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.


    Pope Leo XIII wrote an encyclical Quamquam Pluries in 1889 on devotion to Saint Joseph, and at the end of it composed a prayer to St. Joseph for protection from evil. This prayer consoles us in our daily battle and also reassures us that St. Joseph is at our side and is ready to help us.

    To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and, having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength. Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven. Amen.


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