Giuseppe Maria Crespi (“Lo Spagnolo”). Death of St Joseph. Ca 1712. The Hermitage, St Petersburg.
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH FOR A PEACEFUL DEATH O Blessed Joseph, you gave your last breath in the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary. When the seal of death shall close my life, come with Jesus and Mary to aid me. Obtain for me this solace for that hour—to die with their holy arms around me. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I commend my soul, living and dying, into your sacred arms. Amen.