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The Year of St. Joseph - A Prayer

As we come once more to the Christmas mystery, we can appreciate St. Joseph more deeply through the Year of Joseph now concluding. The Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (The Heart of a Father) concludes with a prayer we fittingly make our own in this holy season:


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.

And we might adapt a familiar Marian prayer as well: “Pray for us, O carpenter father of Nazareth, patron of the Church, and faithful guide of your family, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

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