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A Prayer to Saint Joseph

Posted on March 18, 2021 in: Reflections

A Prayer to Saint Joseph

The prayer is ordinarily enriched with a partial indulgence (Handbook of Indulgences, conc. 19). During the Year of Saint Joseph, however—which lasts from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021—the use of this prayer has been included among those enriched with a plenary indulgence (see Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued Dec. 8, 2020, section E). It may be said on any day of the Year of Saint Joseph, but especially on his various feast days or other devotional days dedicated to St. Joseph:

  • December 27, 2020, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
  • March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • May 1, 2021, the Optional Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker
  • The nineteenth day of each month
  • Every Wednesday, the traditional day of the week for devotions to Saint Joseph
  • "St. Joseph Sunday" and suitable days of other liturgical rites in the Eastern Catholic Churches

Prayer to Saint Joseph

To you, O blessed Joseph,

do we come 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 graciously to regard the


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


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


shield, too, each one of us by your constant


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.


A special thank you to Monsignor Anthony S. Rosaforte,
Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick
for sharing this image of a picture that hung in his childhood home. 

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