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Ask St. Joseph to protect the Church during adversity

SAINT JOSEPH

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Philip Kosloski - published on 09/24/20

When the Church is going through hard times, ask St. Joseph for help and protection.

It is fitting that St. Joseph is the patron of the Universal Church, as he was given the weighty task of ensuring the safety of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. He was successful in protecting them from danger, and now he has been entrusted with the care of the Church, watching over it in a similar way.

In a particular way, St. Joseph is a perfect intercessor during times of trial. His presence can help preserve unity within the Church and bring peace during difficulties.

Here is a prayer from My Prayer Book that encapsulates all of these sentiments and cries out to St. Joseph for help.

O most watchful Guardian of the Divine Family, defend the Church. Ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence. O our most mighty Protector, look favorably upon us and from heaven assist us in this our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live virtuously, to die holily, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.


FLIGHT INTO EGYPT

Read more:
Prayer for St. Joseph’s protection while traveling


CANONIZATION

Read more:
Prayer for all bishops, priests and deacons in the Church

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