Prayer to Saint Joseph , Patron of the Universal Church

O GLORIOUS St. Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the reputed father of Jesus,
the most pure Spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, and Head of the Holy Family. You have
been chosen by Christ’s Vicar as the heavenly Patron and Protector of the Church
founded by Christ. Therefore, with the greatest confidence I implore your powerful
assistance for the whole Church Militant. Protect, in a special manner, with true
fatherly love, the Sovereign Pontiff and all the bishops and priests in communion
with the See of Peter. Be the protector of all who labor for souls amid the trials and
tribulations of this life; and grant that all the nations of the earth may submit with
docility to that Church out of which there is no salvation.
Dearest St. Joseph, accept the offering I now make of myself to you. I dedicated
myself to your service, that you may ever be my Father, my Protector and my Guide
in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love for the
interior life. Grant that, after your example, all my action may be directed to the
greater glory of God, in union with the divine Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart
of Mary, and your own paternal heart. Finally, pray for me
that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.

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