In preparation for the Feast of St. Joseph

The current Enchiridion Indulgentiarum #19 attaches an partial indulgence to the following prayer in honor of St. Joseph.

This will also be our Holy Father’s name day.  Pray for him.

Other prayers in honor of St. Joseph also gain a partial indulgence.  For example, The Litany of St. Joseph, and Office of St. Joseph.

Ad te Beate Ioseph
To thee, O blessed Joseph

TO thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

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 subolem 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.

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  1. Jono says:

    Does anyone know which Little Office of St. Joseph is enriched with a partial indulgence? I’ve been able to find the following version, but am unsure whether it is the one carrying the partial indulgence.

  2. wanda says:

    Beautiful prayer to St. Joseph. He seems the perfect one to call on for the protection of un-born children. They are in mortal danger, very much more so depending on the decision/vote on the ‘Health’ care bill.


  3. Jono says:

    Also, the wording of Enchiridion Indulgentiarum #19 states that a partial indulgence is granted for saying “a duly approved prayer (e.g. Ad te, Beate Ioseph).” Could we assume that this would include other prayers previously indulgenced, such as Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of St. Joseph?

  4. Henry Edwards says:

    Some members of our Latin Mass community offer this prayer of Pope Leo XIII,

    as a daily petition for St. Joseph’s continued patronage of our community, and I personally thank him for our good fortune over the years.

  5. This prayer is recited daily during the month of October following the rosary in some communities. Under the old rules, one could gain a plenary indulgence for its recitation.

  6. czemike says:

    This makes the fourth distinct English translation of this prayer that I’ve seen. My wife and I say this prayer after our daily Rosary and frequently trip each other up because we are used to saying versions with slightly different wording. This is the first time I’ve seen the prayer rendered in Latin… maybe we’ll have to just start saying this prayer in Latin (along with the prayer to St. Michael, which seems to have a few hundred minor variations).

  7. Henry Edwards says:

    brotherjuniper: This prayer is recited daily during the month of October following the rosary in some communities.

    Which was Pope Leo’s original intention:

    Quamquam pluries (August 15, 1889)

    “We prescribe that during the whole month of October, at the recitation of the Rosary, for which We have already legislated, a prayer to St. Joseph be added, the formula of which will be sent with this letter, and that this custom should be repeated every year.”

  8. skellmeyer says:

    You know, if you want regular e-mail reminders about all the indulgences the Church offers, we have built EXACTLY such an e-mail reminder list at Bridegroom Press

    Click on the link below:

    You get a year’s worth of indulgence reminders – around 60 reminders during the course of the year, about the various indulgenced days and the various acts which are not attached to a day, yet are still indulgenced.

  9. skellmeyer says:

    Oh, and the reminders either include the text of the prayers that are indulgenced or they link to those prayers.

  10. rinkevichjm says:

    All prayers are indulged partially, it’s one of the four general grants , the first reads
    A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, while performing their duties and enduring the difficulties of life, raise their minds in humble trust to God and make, at least mentally, some pious invocation.
    Thus without reservation I can say (I also heard it from another reliable source too (a priest)) that every prayer is indulged at least partially. Therefor the prayer to St. Joseph is also.

  11. kelleyb says:

    Indulgences Via E-mail
    Starting at: $15.00
    This headline at the link made me pause…could be misinterpreted

  12. irishgirl says:

    I have a little leaden statue of St. Joseph that a relative gave my mother a long time ago from St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. It’s on the entertainment stand in my living room between my Divine Mercy picture and a small icon of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette. [a bit of trivia-the days of 2010 follow the same sequence of days of the week as during the Lourdes Apparitions in 1858! Even Holy Week and Easter!]

    I’ve been using a prayer that a Carmel in South Dakota sent me in conjunction with their own St. Joseph Novena. Then, from the 10th till now, I’ve added a Novena Prayer to St. Joseph for March and the Litany of St. Joseph that a group of traditional Sisters sent me in their February newsletter. I pray these prayers after my daily Rosary.

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