God, our Father,
You willed that St. Joseph,
Spouse of the Virgin Mother of God,
should adore his Redeemer
in a humble stable and
rescue the Child Jesus from deadly peril.
Following his example
and by his intercession,
may Your Church cling
to the Virgin Mary in love
and constantly watch over the unfolding
of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings You entrusted
to his faithful care.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Today's image is Gerrit van Honthorst's Childhood of Christ.