WEDNESDAY DEVOTION TO
OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP AND
ST. JOSEPH, MASTER OF INTERIOR LIFE.
Dear brethren in Christ, today is Wednesday. As you notice, we try to foster a daily devotion, few but well-rooted, to keep our interior life well-nourished in piety and love of God.
In Manila (Philippines), Wednesday is devoted to Our Lady of Perpetual Help where thousands of devotees flock to the Redemptorist Church of Baclaran named after her advocation to seek Our Lady’s maternal intercession.
On the other hand, I have learned from St. Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, to dedicate this day as well to St. Joseph, the foster father of Our Lord, spouse of Mother Mary, and Patron of the Universal Church.
Below you have the prayers to Mother Mary and St. Joseph if you wish to have this Wednesday devotion. A great day ahead and God bless!
Fr. Rolly Arjonillo
PRAYER TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary.
What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name.
Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help
Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you. (Then say three Hail Marys).
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH, PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
O Glorious Saint Joseph,
you were chosen by God
to be the foster father of Jesus,
the most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin,
and the head of the Holy Family.
You have been chosen by Christ’s Vicar
as the heavenly Patron and Protector
of the Church founded by Christ.
Protect the Sovereign Pontiff
and all bishops and priests united with him.
Be the protector of all who labour for souls
amid the trials and tribulations of this life;
and grant that all peoples of the world
may be docile to the Church
without which there is no salvation.
Dear Saint Joseph,
accept the offering I make to you.
Be my father, protector,
and guide in the way of salvation.
Obtain for me purity of heart
and a love for the spiritual life.
After your example,
let all my actions be directed
to the greater glory of God,
in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus,
the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
and your own paternal heart.
Finally, pray for me that I may share
in the peace and joy of your holy death.