by the work of your hands
the sweat of your brow,
supported Jesus and Mary,
had the Son of God as your fellow worker.
me to work as you did,
patience and perseverance, for God and
those whom God has given me to support.
me to see in my fellow workers
Christ who desires to be in them,
I may always be charitable and forbearing
me to look upon work
the eyes of faith,
that I shall recognise in it
share in God's own creative activity
in Christ's work of our redemption,
so take pride in it.
it is pleasant and productive,
me to give thanks to God for it.
when it is burdensome, teach me
offer it to God,
reparation for my sins
the sins of the world.