Saint Joseph the Worker

546.jpgYesterday was the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, so I thought I’d post something in his honor. Since May first is also the birthday of the Catholic Worker as well as the original “Labor Day,” I’ll post a litany for workers:

O Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, on this Labor Day, we thank you for your care and loving concern for workers throughout the world. We remember all workers: men and women; young and old of all races; ethnic and language groups in Asia and Pacific, Europe, Africa, North Africa, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. Help all working persons to realize a deeper understanding of your presence and call them to do justice and build human community where they are employed.

For workers who face dangerous conditions or hazards in their work without sufficient warning or protection, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

For all those who face the conflicts of working and caring for children without adequate support, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

For all workers who cannot find work and for whom unemployment assistance is not available, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

For workers who are displaced by technical changes or global pressures to relocate jobs, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

For children whose childhood has been cut short because they are forced to work, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

For all who face difficulties or are discriminated against in getting work or at the workplace because of race, gender, ethnic group, physical disabilities, political or religious beliefs, or sexual orientation, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

For all workers who have been affected by labor disputes or who have been discriminated against as a result of their union activity or because they sought justice in their place of employment, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

For all workers whose work is taken for granted, is unappreciated or lacks meaning, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.

Loving God, through your Son you exhort us to love one another as he loved us. Give us the strength to continue working to bring forth your kingdom here on earth – a kingdom of justice and peace, kindness and compassion, grace and mercy. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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