Ite ad Joseph

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Today, November 16th, is the 26th anniversary of my ordination to the Holy Priesthood. I am asking for a special gift from the readers of Vultus Christi. Would you, of your charity, recite the prayer to Saint Joseph given below?

Recently, a good friend counseled me to "go to Joseph" with the pressing needs of my monastery. Confident that Saint Joseph will hear our requests, I wrote this prayer today. Thank you for making it your own.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

O glorious Saint JOSEPH,
thou art our advocate and our defender,
our father and our friend,
who on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night,
didst put fear aside to take MARY, thy Virgin Bride into thy home,
and, even in poverty and in exile,
didst provide security for JESUS, the blessed Fruit of her womb.

Thou art the good provider
upon whose resources and generosity we rely
to acquire the entire property of Silverstream;
to renovate it;
and to maintain it for years to come
in security and in peace,
in the beauty of holiness,
and in perpetual adoration
of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

O Joseph, first adorer of the Sacred Humanity of the Word,
thou art not indifferent to His designs upon Silverstream Priory
and upon those men who, by His grace alone,
must struggle to make it a school of the Lord's service,
a sanctuary of adoration for all,
and a haven of peace for priests.

Humble and powerful Saint Joseph,
who didst appear at Knock,
together with the Mother of God,
with Saint John the Beloved Disciple,
and with the Lamb of Sacrifice,
thy mission in Ireland is far from ended.
Visit Silverstream Priory, then.
Provide for our fathers and brothers there
as thou hast provided for so many in the past,
and we shall publish abroad
the wonders obtained through thy intercession
to the glory of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.


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Congratulations, D. Kirby. Rest assured, my wife and I will pray for you.

Congratulations on your anniversary, father, I have prayed for you and Silverstream to St. Joseph. I hope your retreat was fruitful, nice to have you back on the blog with your inspiring homilies. God Bless you all. Brian.

Congratulations on your anniversary, Dom Mark. My family and I will be "going to St. Joseph" in prayer for you and for your monastery by reciting this beautiful prayer.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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