On the second day of our Novena, let us ask Saint Joseph to give us his faith.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Prayer of Pope Leo XIII to Saint Joseph - spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of the universal Church
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities. O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, keep away every contagion of error and corrupting influence from us; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle against the power of darkness.
As you once rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
Today a great faith is necessary to mankind, to families, to communities, to the Church. And it is precisely to prepare us for faith's mature look at the problems of the Church and the modern world that Divine Providence gave us the Second Vatican Council, with its teaching and new direction. Parishes need to continue working on the assimilation of this teaching now… We must read, we must listen, and accept in the silence of interior readiness that word which the Holy Spirit "speaks to the Church" of our time. Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife… for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 1:20). Do not be afraid to take Mary with Joseph of Nazareth… Do not be afraid to take Jesus with a faith like the faith of Joseph. Do not be afraid to take him under the roofs of your homes as Joseph welcomed Jesus under the roof of his home in Nazareth... Do not be afraid to take him into your "world." Then this world will be truly "human." It will become ever more human. In fact, only the God-Man can make our "human world" fully "human." (Homily of Pope Saint John Paul II, March 19, 1982)
Saint Joseph, illustrious son of David, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, protector of the Holy Church, pray for us.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be ...
Prayer of Pope Francis
Protect, O Holy Guardian, this our nation. Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know - as you do - how to care for those entrusted to their responsibility.
Grant intelligence of knowledge to those seeking adequate means for the health and physical well-being of their brothers and sisters. Sustain those who are dedicating their efforts to serve those in need, even at the cost of their own safety: the volunteers, nurses, and doctors working on the front lines in tending to the sick.
O Saint Joseph, bless the Church: beginning with her ministers, make her the sign and instrument of your light and your goodness. O Saint Joseph, protect our families: with your prayerful silence, create harmony between parents and their children, especially with the youngest.
Preserve the elderly from loneliness: grant that no one might be left in desperation from abandonment and discouragement. Comfort those who are the most frail, encourage those who falter, intercede for the poor. With the Virgin Mother, beg the Lord to liberate the world from every form of pandemic. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“In the Gospel we heard that ‘Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife’ (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church.” (Pope Francis)