Sunday, April 26, 2020


On the fourth day of our Novena, let us ask Saint Joseph to obtain for us perfect resignation to the Divine Will. View this email in your browser

On the fourth day of our Novena, let us ask Saint Joseph to obtain for us perfect resignation to the Divine Will.
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.


We see in Saint Joseph a splendid docility, a readiness to obedience and execution. He does not debate, or hold on tight to his rights or aspirations. He obeys readily, like a servant, to whatever word is said to him, He knows that his life will unfold like a drama, and he reaches an extraordinary level of purity and greatness beyond any expectation or human calculation.
Joseph accepts his task, because he heard the angel say to him: “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). (Saint Paul VI, Homily, March 19, 1968)
Saint Joseph, most obedient, 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.


"Ah, truly he is not of those who have received their reward in this world! And he will be revealed, since he has not yet been revealed; he will shine, since he has not yet shone. God will repair the obscurity of his life and his glory will be all the greater that it has been reserved for the life to come." (Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet) 

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