The Feast of St Joseph

Collect
Let us pray
Father,
You entrusted our Saviour to the care of St Joseph.
By the help of his prayers
May your Church continue to serve its Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Psalm 88 see under psalms

Alleluia: for music see under Gospel acclamations

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Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.
They are happy who dwell in your house, O Lord,
for ever singing your praise.
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.

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Intercessions Feast of St Joseph

Celebrant On this feast of St Joseph and in union with him, we pray to the Lord for the needs of the Church and our own needs.

Reader St Joseph is Patron of the universal Church, so let us pray for the Holy Father Pope Benedict that he be guided in all the decisions that he takes in the work of his ministry.
Lord in your mercy R. Hear our prayer

We pray for families,
that parents may have wisdom in the upbringing of their children
and that children may be loving and appreciative of their parents.
Lord in your mercy R. Hear our prayer

We pray for artists and craftsmen that they may,
in following the example of St Joseph, be just and patient, faithful and true. Lord in your mercy R. Hear our prayer

St Joseph is patron of the dying. We pray for the grace of a happy death and we remember those who are dying today.
Lord in your mercy R Hear our prayer

Let us pray in silence ( pause )

Celebrant God our Father, hear these our prayers and in union with St Joseph accept them through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer over the gifts
Father,
With unselfish love Saint Joseph cared for your Son,
Born of the Virgin Mary.
May we also serve you at your altar with pure hearts.

Prayer after communion
Lord, today you nourish us at this altar
As we celebrate the feats of Saint Joseph.
Protect your Church always
And in your love watch over the gifts you have given us.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen