30 DAYS FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
May 1st - May 30th
PENTECOST SUNDAY 2009
(On this day we normally celebrate the feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to Elizabeth)
MAY OUR MERCIFUL LORD HEAR OUR PLEA!
For 30 days beginning May 1st, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker,
until May 30th, Feasts of St. Joseph Marello and St. Joan of Arc,
also the day St. Don Bosco had the vision of the ship sailing through the two pillars, let us beseech St. Josephís intercession for the
INTENTIONS OF THE IMMACULATE VIRGIN
THAT THEY MAY SOON BE REALIZED AND FULFILLED,
ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
May there be a RENEWED outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our nation!
May FAITH soon find entrance into the hearts of all peoples!
WITH ONE HEART AND MIND,
UNITE EACH DAY
with the entire Mystical Body of Christ
using the prayer to St. Joseph (promulgated by Pope Leo XIII)
for "30 DAYS FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY,"
along with the
ROSARY and/or THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
for all of these intentions (including your own).
As the Apostles in the upper room prepared themselves
for nine days for the coming of the
Holy Spirit on Pentecost,
let us ask all the Apostles, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the other holy women present, to pray for us (May 22 - May 30)
in a special novena for an renewed outpouring of this same Spirit upon us, our families, our nation, and our world.
PLEASE MAKE COPIES! JOIN IN PRAYER ONCE YOU RECEIVE THIS PLEA!
MATTHEW, PLEASE PUT PICTURE OF ST. JOSEPH,
PATRON OF THE UNBORN HERE. Thank You! <3 mom :)
Prayer of Pope Leo XIII to St. Joseph
To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of
your most holy spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also. Through that
sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly
beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ
purchased by his blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and
O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend Godís Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity. Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
Photograph of St. Joseph, Patron of the Unborn, used with permission from the Oblates of St. Joseph.
Sculptor: Thomas Marsh
This sculpture of St. Joseph, Patron of the Unborn is located at the Guardian of the Redeemer Shrine, 544 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95060-6147 www.osjoseph.org