Saint Joseph Morning Offering

He is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly risen, Alleluia, alleluia!

To celebrate, I wanted to share a prayer with you.

st josephIn so many ways, Saint Joseph has been calling to me lately.

In a winding path, as they always are, of joy and sudden sorrow, he reached out to me lately as a special patron over me and my family.

One of my Lenten devotions (warning: low bar this year!) was to be sure to say a morning prayer or offering each day, and I decided to include a daily prayer to St. Joseph to make my devotion more concrete.

After all, there’s nothing like total silence to wither a blossoming relationship, and I am nothing if not a creature of habit. Got to plan these things into my day or I just never get to them.

Unfortunately, so many prayers to Saint Joseph focus entirely on purity, or having a well-confessed death.

All good things, but I wanted my morning focus to be on the promise and challenges of the day ahead.

So I adapted a lovely one I found online somewhere, and ended up with this.

O Glorious Saint Joseph, I choose you today for my special patron in life and at the hour of my death. Preserve and increase in me the spirit of prayer and fervor in the service of God. Remove far from me every kind of sin, and obtain for me a holy and contrite death.

Protect my soul and my family from the snares of the Enemy, and provide us a home in which our love for God increases daily. Hold me fast to your Son all my days, so that when my race is run I may breathe forth my soul with joy into the hands of Jesus and Mary.

Amen.

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