St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, we bless the Lord for your intimate communication with him during his infancy and youth at Bethlehem, in Egypt and at Nazareth. You loved him with a father’s love and he loved you with the love of a son. Your faith made you adore in him the Incarnate Son of God, while he obeyed you, served you, listened to you. You held pleasant conversations with him, shared work, great sufferings and most tender consolations. Obtain for us the grace never to offend Jesus. Pray for us that we may always receive the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation fittingly, attain to to a great intimacy with and a tender and strong love for Jesus while on earth, and possess him forever in heaven. Amen.