The Litany of Saint Joseph

Last week I wrote a blog post about Our Lady’s month of May. This weeks blog follows a similar theme, this time reflecting on the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph.

We are currently celebrating a Year of Saint Joseph, which Pope Francis proclaimed in his apostolic letter Patris Corde. If you haven’t read this letter from the Holy Father about Saint Joseph, I highly recommend it to you. But as well as his letter, Pope Francis has (just this month) approved seven new invocations to the litany of Saint Joseph.

This gives us with an opportunity to become familiar with the spiritual gem that is the litany to the Patron of the Universal Church.

The official english translation of these new invocations has yet to be released, but they could be translated as: Guardian of the Redeemer, Servant of Christ, Minister of salvation, Support in difficulties, Patron of exiles, Patron of the afflicted and Patron of the poor.

So at this half-way point of the Year of Saint Joseph I would like to invite you to draw closer to Jesus’ father. If you don’t have much of a devotion to this wonderful saint, there could not be a better time to get to know him.

You can find the litany (which has yet to be updated with the new invocations) by following this link , and I commend to you the prayer Pope Francis has written to Saint 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.

St Joseph, pray for us!

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