Bishop's Blog / Prayer to St. Joseph

By Joseph Strickland
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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One of our priests shared this prayer and I wanted to pass it along.

O glorious Saint Joseph, I present to thee this day the priests of the Diocese of Tyler, priests of your Son Jesus Christ, and beg thee to be our advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open thy heart to us as thou didst open Thy home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need. Protect our holy priesthood as thou didst protect the life of the Infant Christ threatened by cruel Herod. In darkness bring us light; in weakness, strength; and in fear the peace that passeth understanding. For the sake of the tender love that bound thee to the Virgin Mary and to the Infant Christ, be thou for us, Saint Joseph, a constant intercessor and a shield against every danger of body, mind, and soul so that, in spite of our weaknesses and sins, our priesthood may bring glory to Christ and serve to increase the beauty of holiness in His bride the Church. Amen

Joseph Strickland

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.
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