Saint Joseph and the Christ Child – Nicholas Enriquez (1704-c1790)
“God Has willed that we should have nothing which would not pass through the hands of Mary.” (Hom. III in vig. nativit., n. 10, PL 183, 100) – Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
More and more, Our Immaculate Mother points out her earthly spouse to me. Saint Joseph is a clear example of manhood. He is a mighty intercessor of protection for these perilous times we live in, so I wrote this prayer to call on his protection.
O Most Holy Saint Joseph, by your yes to the plan of God, you were united to Jesus through Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces. You were called by God our heavenly Father, through the Holy Spirit, to marriage with the ever-virgin Mary Immaculate and to the earthly fatherhood of Christ the Son. We ask O Saint Joseph, terror of demons, and Patron of the Universal Church, that you intercede on our behalf and extend your protection to our own domestic families. Dispel all fear and confusion. Guard us from the evil one, just as you guarded and protected the Most Holy Family. In particular we ask for protection from (state intention here). Help us to be open to grace so we will be ever united to the Most Holy Trinity as you are. Guardian Heart, pray for us. We ask this in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
*** I am submitting this prayer to see if it is theologically correct and will make changes if need be, as I submit to what the church rules on such matters.
I like it. Father Z once provided a litmus test of sorts by asking what would the prayer say if translated into Latin. I do not know. Just a thought, Sue.
“O Most Holy Saint Joseph, by your yes to the plan of God, you were united to Jesus through Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace.” Sue, is it not normally stated as “Mediatrix of all Graces?” No big deal.
“You were called by God your Father, and graced with spousal unity to the Holy Spirit through Mary Immaculate, to Fatherhood of Christ the Son.” I think it will be this section that well need some tweaking or clarification. I could see it be rewritten as “You were called by God our heavenly Father, through the Holy Spirit, to marriage with the ever-virgin Mary Immaculate and to the earthly fatherhood of Christ the Son.
I am aware of patristic sensitivities in this matter, especially in light of the Council of Ephesus and just reading Demetrius of Rostov’s homily on the Annuciation.
Thanks James. I think I will change it. Blessings.
Thank You St Joseph, for your daily protection and guidance as to respond to challenges according to God’s Word.🙏🙏🙏