St. Joseph, we bless the Lord with you and for you. He chose you from among all men to be Mary’s chaste spouse, to be the one who stands on the threshold of her divine maternity and who, after her, welcomes Him in faith as the work of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus lowered Himself to obey you as His father during His childhood and adolescence, and to receive life lessons from you, while you shared His life in adoration of His mystery. You remain with Him. Continue to watch over the whole Church, the family born of Jesus’ salvation. Look after the spiritual and materials needs of all who seek your intercession, especially families and those suffering from all types of poverty: through you, we are sure to reach the maternal gaze of Mary and the saving hand of Jesus.