St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.
- Pope John XXIII
Father, it is your commandment that we should honor our fathers; hear the prayers we offer You for them. As You are our Father, pour forth your grace and blessings on our earthly fathers. We thank you for the gift our fathers are, and we pray that any wounded relationships may be healed through the hands of Jesus the divine physician. We ask, O Lord, to strengthen our fathers for their mission to lead their families to heaven. And we pray for all our fathers and grandfathers who have gone before us, that through Jesus who died and now lives, they may live eternally with you in Heaven. Amen.