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Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary, be with us this day. You protected and cherished the Virgin, loving the child Jesus as your son, you rescued him from the danger of death. Defend the Church, the household of God, purchased by the blood of Christ. Guardian of the holy family, be with us in our trials. May your prayers obtain for us the strength to flee from error, and wrestle with the powers of the evil one so that in life we may grow in holiness and in death rejoice in the crown of victory.