PRAYER OF SPOUSES FOR EACH OTHER
Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and
understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled
with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in
peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another's weaknesses
and grow from each other's strengths. Help us to forgive one
another's failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness
and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of
May the love that brought us together grow and mature with
each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our
love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection.
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
O St. Joseph, we have recourse to you in our need. We have
sought Mary's help. We confidently ask your protection
also. By the love which united you to the Immaculate Virgin
Mother of God, and by the fatherly affection with which you
cherished the child Jesus, we pray that you would watch over us
whom Jesus purchased by His precious blood, and help us in our
needs by your power and strength.
Watchful guardian of the Holy Family, keep us from all error and
corruption. Valiant defender, aid us in the conflict with the
powers of darkness. As you rescued the child Jesus from
danger, so now defend God's Church from all deceit and
adversity. Shelter us under your protection. May we
follow your example and be strengthened by your help. Let us
live a holy life, die a happy death and attain endless joy in
ST. JOSEPH PRAYER FOR THOSE SEEKING WORK
O Saint Joseph, we pray to you for those who are out of
work. For those who want to earn their living or support
You who are the Patron of Workers; grant that unemployment may
vanish from our ranks; that all those who are ready to work may put
their strength and abilities in serving their fellow men and earn a
You are the Patron of Families; do not let those who have
children to support and raise lack the necessary means. Have
pity on our brothers and sisters held down in unemployment and
poverty because of sickness or social disorders.
Help our political leaders and captains of industry find new and
just solutions. May each and every one have the joy of
contributing, according to his abilities, to the common prosperity
by an honorable livelihood. Grant that we may all share
together in the abundant goods God has given us and that we may
help underpriviledged countries.
PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY
The impact of a father/husband praying for and blessing his wife
and children is more powerful than can be understood. A man
who has been given the honor of being a father takes his title from
God the Father. He is the head of the Domestic Church, the
family, as Pope John Paul II taught us during his time as the Holy
Father. The enemy, Satan, fears a man who will be the true
warrior that God calls him to be and pray over, for and with his
family. When a husband/father brings the sacramental of holy
water to the battlefield the demons flee, as St. Teresa of Avila
said during her life in the 16th century, "I often experience that
there is nothing the devils flee from more-without returning-than
holy water." If a man truly desires to protect and care for
his family then he must have recourse to constant and vigilant
prayer. The use of sacramentals such as holy water add a
powerful punch to driving back the enemy in the daily battle.
The following are a few different ideas of blessings for your
wife and children. It is a good idea to pray over and bless
your wife and children on a daily basis. As you become more
comfortable with this and the understanding of the need for this
grows you will find yourself praying more spontaneously.
Remember to pray with confidence in God's grace. God does not
want us to be timid in our prayer to Him! He wants us to
BLESSINGS FOR WIFE AND CHILDREN - I
While tracing the Sign of the Cross on the top of their head or
on their forehead with a drop or two of holy water say: "In the
name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, may God send
His angels and His saints to protect you from every evil and harm,
natural and supernatural."
BLESSINGS FOR WIFE AND CHILDREN - II
This prayer is especially powerful for babies and small
children. Tracing the Sign of the Cross on the head or
forehead and as you touch each part of the body of your child with
a drop of holy water say: "In the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, may you always know God...
Eyes - May you only see what honors God...
Ears - May you only hear what honors God...
Mouth - May you only speak words that honor God...
Hands - May you only do what God would have you do...
Feet - May you only go where God would have you go.
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