(This prayer was prescribed by Pope Leo XIII for the month October, after the Recitation of the Rosary.)
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In our tribulation we fly to Thee, O blessed Joseph;
and, after imploring the help of thy most holy Spouse,
we ask also with confidence for thy patronage.
By the affection which united thee to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God,
and the paternal love with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus,
we beseech thee to look kindly upon the inheritance
which Jesus Christ acquired by His precious Blood,
and by thy powerful aid to help us in our needs.
Protect, most careful Guardian of the Holy Family,
the chosen people of Jesus Christ.
Keep us, most loving father,
from all pestilence of error and corruption.
Be mindful of us, most powerful protector,
from thy place in heaven,
in this warfare with the powers of darkness:
and, as thou didst snatch the Child Jesus from danger of death,
so now defend the holy Church of God
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity.
Guard each one of us by thy perpetual patronage,
so that, sustained by thine example and help,
we may live in holiness,
die a holy death,
and obtain the everlasting happiness of heaven.
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