On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared a year of Saint Joseph. We are celebrating this at St. Mary's in different ways, including the recitation of a special prayer at the end of weekend Masses. We encourage you to pray this special prayer to St. Joseph as often as you can, asking for his intercession for our parish, for the Church and for the world. We've also included the longer prayer to St. Joseph below.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Loving Saint Joseph, teach us to love generously with a heart full of mercy.
Protector Joseph, teach us to protect one another and all that belongs to God.
Dreamer Joseph, teach us to dream a world where all are friends and neighbors.
Teacher Joseph, teach us to keep the Word of God close to our hearts, and to proclaim it courageously.
Gentle Joseph, teach us to be gentle with our words and deeds.
Parent Joseph, teach us to love one another and care for each other by living faithfully.
Patron of laborers, help us to work hard sincerely. We offer these prayers through Christ our Lord.
Longer Prayer to St. Joseph
O blessed Joseph,/ we come to you in our tribulation,/ and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,/ we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God/ and through the paternal love/ with which you embraced the Child Jesus,/ we humbly beg you/ to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,/ and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family/ defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. O most loving father/ ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence./ O our most mighty protector/ be kind to us/ and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,/ so now protect God's Holy Church/ from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield each one of us/ by your constant protection,/ so that, supported by your example and your aid,/ we may be able to live piously,/ to die in holiness,/ and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
(This edited prayer to Saint Joseph—spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of the universal Church—was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam pluries)