PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH:
O Holy St. Joseph!
hear thy suppliant's prayer,
And take me to thy own paternal care;
For thou whom God selected on this earth
To watch the infant Jesus at His birth,
And guard the Virgin Mother of the Child
The ever-blessed Mary, undefiled
0 thou to whom such wondrous charge was given,
Must surely now be powerful in heaven!
Be, then, dear Father to my Jesus,
be A father and protector unto me ;
Beseech of Jesus that I may obtain
What none through thee have ever sought in vain
the love of Jesus, with a heart sincere,
Free from the selfishness of hope or fear;
Thus, for God's glory, that I may adore
Jesus, my Saviour, now and evermore.
And thou, 0 Mary! ever Blessed styled,
The Virgin Mother of the Saviour Child,
With Holy Joseph, take me to thy care,
For, thus protected, God will hear my prayer!