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 this 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.
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)