St Joseph’s Feast Day is on 19 March and he is special Patron of the Church. He is also a special Patron of our Institute according to our Father Founder, St. Annibale Maria Di Francia. St. Joseph is the Father of Providence and the model of interior life. His feast, since the beginning of the Institute, is connected to the entrance to the novitiate and the religious profession. The “lamp of vocations” which is always lighted in all of our houses in front of the image of St. Joseph, is a sign of our prayer to obtain, through his intercession, vocations for our Institute. (United in Prayer, 196)
We have a triduum of prayers and reflections preceding the Feast of St. Joseph, and we invite you to join us.
The Holy patriarch has guarded the Work of the Evangelical Rogation as entrusted to him by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and by the divine Spouse, Mary, since the beginning. To St. Joseph was entrusted the little plant and he has lovingly protected it from the clouds and the storms. He has taken care of it is as Jesus and Mary wished it to. He has strengthened its roots, made its branches extend wide and made it bear mature fruits.
Prayer to St. Joseph
To you, O Blessed Joseph,
oppressed by tribulation,
we have recourse,
and full of confidence we invoke your patronage,
together with that of your most holy spouse Mary.
Oh, for that holy bond of love
that bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God,
and for the paternal love
that you bore for the child Jesus,
look, we pray you, with a kindly eye,
at the dear heritage that Jesus Christ
acquired with his blood,
and with your power and help,
assist our needs.
Protect, O provident guardian of the Holy Family,
the chosen offspring of Jesus Christ;
avert from us,
O most loving Father,
the plague of errors and of vices
that infects the world;
assist us propitiously from heaven
in this struggle with the power of darkness,
O our most strong protector;
and as you once saved from death
the threatened life of the child Jesus,
so now defend the holy Church of God
from hostile snares and from every adversity
and cover each of us with your continuous patronage,
so that with your example and with your help
we can live virtuously,
die piously and attain happiness in heaven.
(United in Prayer, p.486)
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