Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Litany of St. Joseph



Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Holy Trinity, one God. Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Noble son of the House of David, pray for us.
Light of patriarchs, pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Faithful guardian of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the holy family, pray for us.
Joseph, chaste and just, pray for us.
Joseph, prudent and brave, pray for us.
Joseph, obedient and loyal, pray for us.
Pattern of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workers, pray for us.
Example to parents, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of family life, pray for us.
Comfort of the troubled, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of evil spirits, pray for us.
Protector of the Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.

V. God made him master of his household.
R. And put him in charge of all that he owned.

Let us pray.
Almighty God,
in your infinite wisdom and love
you chose Joseph to be the husband of Mary,
the mother of your Son.
As we enjoy his protection on earth,
may we have the help of his prayers in heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church.
The image above is the painting "Joseph with the Infant Christ" by Murillo (1666)

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