Year of St. Joseph

Year of St. Joseph
declared by Pope Francis
Posted January 17,2021

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared that the next year, beginning on that day and concluding on December 8, 2021, as the Year of St. Joseph.

St Joseph with the infant Jesus by Guido Reni

St Joseph with the infant Jesus by Guido Reni

This proclamation comes as we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

To mark this special year, the Pope wrote and Apostolic Letter entitles Patris corde, or “With a Father’s Heart.”

Holy Family wiht the Holy Spirit by Murillo

Holy Family with the Holy Spirit by Murillo

In it, he explores the man and father that Joseph was, and calls us to do the same. Especially in the time of this pandemic, Pope Francis says that Joseph “has helped us to see more clearly the importance of ‘ordinary’ people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day.”

Dream of Flight - St. Jospeh by Daniele Crespi, 1625

Dream of Flight - St. Joseph by Daniele Crespi, 1625

Pope Francis has also introduced the following prayer for Saint Joseph to be used throughout the year. God Bless!

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

See the Patris Corde of Pope Francis

Coronation of Joseph by Valdes Leal, 1670

Coronation of Joseph by Valdes Leal, 1670

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