With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.
The Apostolic Penitentiary also issued a decree granting special indulgences for the duration of the special year to the faithful who will recite any legitimately approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St. Joseph, especially on March 19, May,1, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, on the 19th of each month and every Wednesday - a day dedicated to the memory of the saint according to the Latin tradition.
Prayer to St. Joseph
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.