YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
LITANY OF ST JOSEPH
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Response: pray for us
Renowned offspring of David,
Light of patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster father of the Son of God,
Diligent protector of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most strong,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of artisans,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the wretched,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,
Guardian of the Redeemer
Servant of Christ
Minister of salvation
Support in difficulties
Patron of exiles
Patron of the afflicted
Patron of the poor.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. He made him the lord of His household.
R. And prince over all His possessions.
Let us pray:
God, in Your ineffable providence You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother; grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You Who live and reign forever and ever.
Plenary Indulgence During the Year of Saint Joseph
This litany is ordinarily enriched with a partial indulgence (Manual of Indulgences, conc. 22). During the Year of Saint Joseph, however—which lasts from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021—the use of the Litany of Saint Joseph has been included among other prayers to St. Joseph enriched with a plenary indulgence (see Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued Dec. 8, 2020, section E), which may be earned once a day subject to the usual conditions: sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Pope, and a total detachment to all sin, including venial sin.
DAILY PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH
(Ad Te Beate Ioseph, by Pope Leo XIII)
To you, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your mostholy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. By that charity with which you were united to theImmaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which you embraced the Child Jesus,we humbly pray, that you would look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by your power and strength.
Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far fromus, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, mostmighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old you rescued theChild Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Church from the snares of the enemyand from all adversity; keep us one and all under your continual protection, so that we may be supportedby your example and your assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come atlast to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.
Recommended by the Church to be prayed daily by the faithful. (Cf. Congregation for Divine Worship, Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, December 2001, n. 222)
During the Year of St. Joseph a plenary indulgence is granted under the same conditions as above when praying the Ad Te Beate Joseph on March 19, May 1, any Wednesday, or on the 19th of any month.