Friday, 24 October 2008

Prayer to S. Joseph

Before October is up, I thought I'd post Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to S. Joseph – At te, beate Ioseph – which he prescribed for the month of October after the recitation of the Rosary. 

The prayer was originally given to the Church in the encyclical letter Quamquam pluries on devotion to S. Joseph (15 August, 1889). At the time, the Pope said: "To those who recite this prayer, We grant for each time an indulgence of seven years and seven Lents." 

It is worth noting that this prayer (or, indeed, any prayer in honour of S. Joseph) still carries a partial indulgence under the norms of the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (fourth edition, 1999)

Preces in honorem S. Ioseph 

Partialis indulgentia conceditur christifideli qui S. Ioseph, Sponsum B.M.V., prece legitime adprobata pie invocaverit (e.g. Ad te, beate Ioseph). 

Ad te, beate Ioseph, in tribulatione nostra confugimus, atque, implorato Sponsae tuae sanctissimae auxilio, patrocinium quoque tuum fidenter exposcimus. Per eam, quaesumus, quae te cum immaculata Virgine Dei Genetrice coniunxit, caritatem, perque paternum, quo Puerum Iesum amplexus es, amorem, supplices deprecamur, ut ad hereditatem, quam Iesus Christus acquisivit Sanguine suo, benignus respicias, ac necessitatibus nostris tua virtute et ope succurras. Tuere, o Custos providentissime divinae Familiae, Iesu Christi sobolem electam; prohibe a nobis, amantissime Pater, omnem errorum ac corruptelarum luem; propitius nobis, sospitator noster fortissime, in hoc cum potestate tenebrarum certamine e caelo adesto; et sicut olim Puerum Iesum e summo eripuisti vitae discrimine, ita nunc Ecclesiam sanctam Dei ab hostilibus insidiis atque ab omni adversitate defende: nosque singulos perpetuo tege patrocinio, ut ad tui exemplar et ope tua suffulti, sancte vivere, pie emori, sempiternamque in caelis beatitudinem assequi possimus. Amen. 

English translation (this is from my Baronius Press 1962 Roman Missal; USCCB-authorised translation of the Enchiridion can be bought here):

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we fly in our tribulation and after imploring the help of thy holy Spouse, with confidence we ask also for thy intercession. By the affection which united thee to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by the paternal love with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee to look kindly upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ acquired by His precious blood, and with thy powerful aid to help us in our needs. Protect, most careful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen people of Jesus Christ. Keep us, loving father, from all pestilence of error and corruption. From thy place in heaven be thou mercifully with us, most powerful protector, in this warfare with the powers of darkness; and, as thou didst once rescue the Child Jesus from imminent danger of death, so now defend the holy Church of God from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Guard each of us by the constant patronage, so that, sustained by the example and help, we may live a holy life, die a holy death, and obtain the everlasting happiness of heaven. Amen. 

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