Dearly beloved, let us,
having such a cloud of witnesses over us,
put away every encumbrance and sin entangling us,
and run with patience to the fight set before us;
looking towards the author and finisher of faith,
Jesus, who for the joy set before him,
endured a cross, despising shame,
and sit at the right hand of the throne of God.
Dearly beloved, let us,
O well-beloved of God,
hear the ardent cry
which rises up from every heart.
Bend tenderly over our aching wounds.
Convert the wicked,
dry the tears of the afflicted and oppressed,
comfort the poor and humble,
quench hatreds, sweeten hardness,
safeguard the flower of purity in youth,
protect the holy church,
Favor this dwelling, Lord, with your presence.
Far from it repulse all the wiles of Satan.
Your holy angels, let them live here,
to keep us in peace.
And may your blessing remain always upon us.
This we ask of you through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
O Lord, repay us not according to the sins we have committed,
nor according to our iniquities.
O Lord, remember not our former iniquities,
let Your mercies speedily prevent us;
for we are become exceeding poor.
Help us, O God, our Savior:
and for the glory of Your Name, O Lord, deliver us:
and forgive us our sins for Your Name's sake.
Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary,
be with us this day.
You protected and cherished the Virgin;
loving the Child Jesus as your Son,
you rescued Him from the danger of death.
Defend the Church,
the household of God,
purchased by the Blood of Christ.
A letter from Missionary Society of St. Columban Superior General Fr. Tim Mulroy:
16 March, 2019
To Muslims in Aotearoa/New Zealand and around the world
Hail, Joseph, full of grace,
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among all men,
And blessed is your foster Child, Jesus.
Holy Joseph, guardian of the Son of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death.
Mercifully look down, we beseech You, O Lord,
upon the devotion of Your people
that they who are mortified in the flesh by abstinence,
may be refreshed in mind by the fruit of good works.
"Na yacamu?" (What is your name?) I got used to being asked this question every time I meet people in the village. I came to the village of Navatuyaba, Toga, in Rewa province, Fiji, where I am having my exposure of the local language and culture. Answering this question usually ends up in my giving them an introduction to my life story.
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us,
Against the snares of the evil one.