As we enter the last days of the Year of St. Joseph; marking the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, we remember that like Saint Joseph, “those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”
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.
Prayer taken from the
December 8, 2020 Apostolic Letter
– Patris Corde –
of the Holy Father Francis,
given in Rome, at Saint John Lateran.