PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
AFTER THE ROSARY
This prayer is prayed at the end of the Rosary during the month of October, which is, in the Catholic Church, the Month of the Holy Rosary. However, one can pray it outside of October. It is a good way of commemorating the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin, the Patron of the Universal Church, the Patron of a holy death, and the Guardian of the Holy Family and Patron of fathers, St. Joseph.
To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction; and having implored the help of the Thrice-holy Spouse, we now with hearts filled with confidence earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, thou wouldst look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His Blood, and wilt assist in our need by thy power and strength. Defend, O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen offspring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant Defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old, thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His Life, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen