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Saint Joseph: Our Spiritual Father

0_FathersDay_1_17su_4c.jpgA happy and blessed Fathers Day! May all who exercise a fatherly role draw from the example, wisdom, patience, love, and strength of the greatest father who ever lived: Saint Joseph. We continue to celebrate through December 8 of this year the Year of Saint Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis. The Diocese has many resources available to celebrate this year, including the great opportunity to make pilgrimages to the twelve churches in our diocese under the title of Saint Joseph! Visit www.yearofstjosephtoledo.org to see these resources and the locations of the churches under Saint Joseph’s patronage.

On May 1, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis approved seven new titles of Joseph to be inserted into the official Litany of Saint Joseph. These titles are drawn from saints and popes who have reflected on aspects of Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. These new titles are:

  • Custos Redemptoris (Guardian of the Redeemer): from Saint John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Redemptoris custos
  • Serve Christi (Servant of Christ): from Saint Paul VI’s homily on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph (March 19, 1966) which is quoted in Redemptoris custos, no. 8, and Patris Corde, n. 1
  • Minister salutis (Minister of Salvation): from Saint John Chrystostom and quoted in Redemptoris custos n. 8
  • Fulcimen in difficultatibus (Guide in Times of Trouble): from Pope Francis in Patris Corde, prologue
  • Patrone exsulum (Patron of Exiles), from Pope Francis in Patris Corde, no. 5
  • Patrone afflictorum (Patron of the Afflicted), from Pope Francis in Patris Corde, no. 5
  • Patrone Pauperum (Patron of the Poor): from Pope Francis in Patris Corde, no. 5

Let us invoke the intercession of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church every day, but especially on this Father’s Day and each Wednesday (the day devoted to him in the Church). The Litany with the new invocations in bold is below.

Total Consecration to St. Joseph - Diocese of Brooklyn

Lord, have mercy.             Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.           Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.             Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.                  Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father in 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.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Noble offspring of David, pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Redeemer, pray for us.
Chaste Guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster-Father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Zealous defender of Christ, pray for us.Happy Feast of St. Joseph - which St. Joseph do you need? | Behold  Publications, LLC
Servant of Christ, pray for us.
Minister of salvation, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

Joseph, most just, pray for us.
Joseph, most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph, most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph, most brave, pray for us.
Joseph, most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph, most loyal, pray for us.

Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workers, pray for us.
Glory of domestic life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Guide in times of trouble, pray for us.
Solace of the wretched, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of exiles, pray for us.
Patron of the afflicted, pray for us.
Patron of the poor, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of the Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V/. He has made him lord of his household,
R/. and prince over all his possessions.

Let us pray.

O God, who in your loving providence chose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most Holy Mother, grant us the favor of having him for our intercessor in heaven, whom on earth we venerate as our protector. You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.


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