March 19 St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

As devotion to St. Joseph had always from the beginning been closely bound up with my devotion to Our Lady, I prayed to him that he might take care of me too, and I used to say every day the prayer of “St. Joseph, Father and Protector of Virgins.” Under such patronage, I knew I was out of harm’s reach.

-St. Therese of Lisieux


Prayer to St. Joseph

O blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of thy chaste spouse, the virgin Mother of God, I choose thee this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor thee all the days of my life. Therefore I humbly beseech thee to receive me as thy client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death.