Prayer to St. Joachim (1)

O Joachim, father of the sovereign Maiden, who in all purity gave birth to God, present to our Lord our petitions and our chaste desires. Thou knowest by what angry waves we are here tossed, whom the cruel sea of this world wearies out: thou knowest how many battles Satan and the flesh prepare for us. Now that thou art united to the holy companies in heaven, or rather art placed at their head, thou canst do all if thou wilt: for rightly neither Jesus thy Grandson nor Mary thy daughter can deny thee aught. Obtain by thy prayer that our blessed God may give us pardon and peace: that united with thee we may sweetly sing canticles to Him. Amen. (Ancient Hymn)

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