The following prayer is from the CRL Rural Life Prayer Book.
The memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker was established in 1955 by Pope Pius XII to give honor to the dignity of all human labor. Saint Joseph is a model of all who labor, in whatever area or work, and is an example of providing for the common good. The Entrance Antiphon is from Psalm 128 “blessed are you who fear the Lord and walk in his ways! By the labor of your hands shall you eat; blessed are you and blessed will you be.”
O God, Creator of all things, who laid down for the human race the law of work, graciously grant that by the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage we may complete the works you set us to do and attain the rewards you promise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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