Dominican Prayer to St. Joseph

March 19, 2013

A traditional prayer of the Order of Preachers to St. Joseph:

St-JosephO Glorious Patriarch St Joseph, protector of the Holy Family and its consoler in adversity, I recommend to your pastoral care the Universal Church, and in a more especial manner the sons and daughters of St Dominic. Obtain for the spiritual family of St Dominic his virtues of obedience, humility and self-denial. Infuse into their hearts his spirit of prayer and of holy joy, his love of solitude and of labor, his zeal for the salvation of souls, his tender and childlike devotion to the Queen of the Rosary. Obtain for them O Great Saint, the gift above all gifts, a true knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, so that like you they may merit the happiness of bearing him in their arms by their labors for his glory. Obtain for them the grace to resign in their hearts unreservedly to his keeping, and to strive earnestly and prudently to make him known to the world as its merciful and loving Savior.

The text of this prayer (modified with a few Americanizations of spelling) was kindly provided by the Dominican Novices of the Province of Ireland.

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