A model for fathers, Saint Joseph is invoked as a protector of the family. A carpenter by trade, he has been declared the patron saint of all working people, of craftsman and of the poor. He is the model of Christian life and the patron of a happy death. His patronage extends over the Mystical body of Christ, over the Christian family, the Christians school and all individuals who in their need appeal to his charity and powerful intercession, especially at the hour of death.
Though you have recourse to many saints as your intercessors go especially to St Joseph for he has great power with God.
St Teresa of Avila
O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong and so immediate before the throne of God,
I entrust to you all my intentions and desires.
Help me, Saint Joseph, with your powerful intercession,
to obtain all the spiritual blessings through the
intercession of your adopted Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
so that, entrusting me here on earth with your heavenly power,
you tribute my thanks and homage.
O Saint Joseph, I never tire of contemplating
You with Jesus asleep in your arms.
I dare not draw near as He rests with your heart.
Embrace Him in my name, kiss His tender face for me
and ask Him to give me back this kiss when I breathe my last breath.
Saint Joseph, patron of departed souls, pray for me! Amen.
Tuesday 19th March – St Joseph’s Feast Day