A prayer for workers

Adapted from the prayer to St. Joseph by Pope Saint John XXIII (1958-63)

Almighty God, who sent your Son Jesus Christ as a carpenter and teacher to the world, we ask that you protect and provide for Jesus’ brother and sister workers, your sons and daughters.

You know their anxieties and sufferings, as the worker Jesus experienced their sufferings. Let all workers know that their purpose comes from you their Creator. Remind all workers that in the fields, factories, mines, schools, and everywhere that they work, they do not labor, rejoice, or suffer alone, for at their side is Jesus to sustain them, dry the sweat of their brow, and give value to their labor. In Jesus’ name we ask for your guidance in valuing all workers’ hands as the hands of Jesus. Amen.

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