Prayer to St Joseph the Worker

O Glorious Saint Joseph, patron and model of

all who labour, obtain for me the grace:

-to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation

of my sins and the sins of mankind;

-to work conscientiously, putting the demands

of my work before my ever changing feelings;

-to work with gratitude and joy, considering it

an honour to develop, by means of my work,

the gifts God has given me;

-to work in an orderly manner, with patience

and perseverance, without too easily giving in

to weariness or difficulties;

-to work above all, with purity of intention and

with detachment from self, keeping death in

mind and the account I will have to give God of

time lost, talents and material wasted, of good

omitted, of complacency in success – all so fatal

to the work of God.

“All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after your

example”, blessed Joseph, such shall be my

watchword at my daily work, in life and in

death.              Amen.

(Based on a prayer of Pope St. Pius X)