December 8, 2020: Today, in his Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” (translated as “With a Father’s Heart”), the Holy Father declared this year, December 8, 2020 through December 8, 2021, a Year of Saint Joseph. As this is the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, our Curia’s Office of Communications also has a post on the Order’s website reflecting on St. Joseph, who our Order has held as patron for 279 years.
In this letter, Pope Francis directs us to make our prayer to St. Joseph:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.