Prayer of Pope Leo XIII to St. Joseph

To Be Said After the Rosary, esp. in the Months of March and October


To you, blessed Joseph,

we come in our trials and tribulation,

and having asked the help of your most holy spouse,

we confidently ask your patronage also.

Through that bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mary,

Mother of God,

and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus,

we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance

which Jesus Christ purchased by his blood,

and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.


O most provident guardian of the Holy Family,

defend us, the chosen descendents of Jesus Christ.

Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.

Remove from us all mark of error and corruption.

Our most mighty protector,

graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness.

And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger,

so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies

and from all adversity.

Shield each one of us by your constant protection,

so that, taking example from you and sustained by your aid,

we may be able to live a virtuous life,

to die a holy death,

and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.