October, The Rosary, St. Joseph and YOU – ACTION ITEM!

Tomorrow, 1 October, begins a month which traditionally calls for daily recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.

Dear readers… please consider, if you don’t already, daily recitation of the Rosary during October.  How wonderful it would be if you took this up in your family homes, your little domestic churches.  The home, as a church, should be filled with prayer.

Has there ever been a time when this mighty prayer of intercession and consolation was needed more?

In many places it is customary to recite the Litany of Loreto as a kind of conclusion to the Rosary.

Back in 1889 Pope Leo XIII asked that a prayer to St. Joseph be added after the Rosary during the month of October.  He did this in his encyclical Quam pluries.    Recitation of the prayer “Ad te, beate Ioseph” can now obtain, under the usual conditions, a partial indulgence.

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.   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.
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. 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.

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UPDATE 1 October:

Francis has asked people to pray the Rosary daily during October and also to pray the ancient Sub tuum praesidium and the Prayer to St Michael the Archangel.   The press release is HERE.

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  1. Our Lady of Fatima asked that we pray the rosary daily. As my pastor says, she didn’t say, “Pray the Rosary and don’t get distracted.” She didn’t say, “Pray 5 decades straight through daily.” She didn’t say, “Pray the rosary but don’t fall asleep.” She just said, “Pray the Rosary.”

    We all get distracted in prayer and sometimes we use that as an excuse not to pray. We can break our Rosary up during the day, saying a decade here and there until done. St. Therese’ the Little Flower said she never completely finished praying a Rosary because she would fall asleep. I have always been told that if you fall asleep that your guardian angel finishes the Rosary for you.

  2. acardnal says:

    As I recall, there is a Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions whenever a rosary is prayed in a church, oratory or a family setting.

  3. Greg Hlatky says:

    I crave your indulgence for a little story. A couple of months ago, one evening our neighbors’ little Dachshund escaped and ran off. We live in a rural area south of Houston. Between the heat and the coyotes, hawks and owls around, the future for it was very, very bleak, though I spent a few hours helping search as my wife and I breed and raise dogs ourselves.

    For the next few days, before saying my daily Rosary, I asked St. Francis of Assisi’s protection for this poor creature and Our Lady’s help and comfort for its owners. Three days after running off, their Dachsie showed up at their front door, tired, hungry and thirsty but little worse for the wear. So I’m convinced that the Good Lord listens to the prayers even of wretches like me.

    Say your Rosary every day and ask the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession; good things can come of it.

  4. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    That is so so heartening to hear! I often pray while driving to campus, sometimes I don’t finish it all before class, and sometimes I can’t help but stop because traffic is too crazy. I always finish later, but I’m now glad to know that’s acceptable.

  5. MrsMacD says:

    My parents have a great devotion to Saint Joseph so great that they named all of their children after St. Joseph. When I was a child we used to say that St. Joseph prayer every night after our family rosary.

  6. MrsMacD says:

    Correction it was this prayer we used to say after our family rosary when I was a child (sorry!);

    Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

    Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.

  7. Jonathan Marshall says:

    A beautiful prayer, MrsMacD. I haven’t come across it before (I’m a convert), but I will use it frequently from now on – many thanks and God bless.

  8. JohnE says:

    I began praying the rosary daily during Lent probably around 15-20 years ago, and then for an entire year as a New Year’s resolution. After the year was over I stopped and decided I would replace the rosary with other ways of praying instead. But after a couple months, I missed the rosary and began praying it again daily ever since. Some days the rosaries are on the run, others while walking or driving, and others more focused at my hour for adoration or early in the morning. Always on the lookout for different ways of praying it, reflections, etc. I also end with several prayers, including one to my confirmation saint, St. Joseph, for my sons and Godchildren that begins “Oh Glorious St. Joseph, to whom God committed the care of his only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world, we ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given us…”

  9. oakdiocesegirl2 says:

    Thanks, Fr.Z. This exact St Joseph prayer appears in today’s St. Joseph the Worker Sunday Bulletin. [Berkeley, CA].

  10. Sword40 says:

    We began praying the daily Rosary several years ago but since joining the St. Joseph, Tacoma FSSP parish, we have increased our Rosary prayer to all three mysteries every day. While traveling in the car we use an audio CD to assist us. At church we always say the appropriate mystery before every Mass. Plus we always add the Seven Sorrows Rosary (chaplet) daily.

  11. Art says:

    In certain English translations of the Ad te beate Joseph, Mary is referred to as his ‘thrice-holy spouse’. Does anyone know what this refers to and where it comes from?

  12. FN says:

    Thank you Mrs MacD. I have saved that beautiful prayer.

  13. versolalto says:

    “The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.” Here the full press office statement: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/09/29/180929d.html

  14. Sandy says:

    This Sunday, 7 October, there is a world wide “Rosary Coast to Coast”. People are gathering to pray the rosary on that day, as well as a rosary crusade that has been going on since the feast of the Assumption. It’s never too late to start! Remember the miracle of Lepanto! We need it now for sure.

  15. PTK_70 says:

    Given that malevolent spirits find Latin disagreeable, can anyone here point to recordings of the Sub tuum praesidium and the St. Michael prayer in Latin?

    [I made a post with recordings. Check it out. HERE]

  16. Sword40 says:


    The above link should help for the first request. Will be back shortly with the other link.

  17. Sword40 says:

    PTK_70 and here is the second link. It has it in audio, English and Latin at the very end.

  18. jaykay says:

    A very good method to help in really *praying* the rosary, and an aid to contemplation of the events of Our Lord’s life (which is what it’s all about, through Mary) is the “clausular” method. It’s explained on many websites- just Google “clausular rosary”.

    You can use a book first, but believe me, after a while you’ll remember and internalise it. It’s really helped me to concentrate when saying it personally. Even in a group when, all too often, it’s being “rattled through”, you’ll find that the little clausulae will spring to mind and help your concentration. Do try it!

  19. youngcatholicgirl says:


    I couldn’t find the “Sub Tuum Praesidium” recited, but here’s a reasonably good chant version:

    St. Michael prayer:
    The pronunciation could be a little better, but it displays the text in Latin while it’s read.

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  21. I’ve posted audio recordings of both prayers in Latin.


  22. rollingrj says:

    Art, as a very partial and speculative answer, it may refer to the relationship the Blessed Virgin Mary has with each Person of our thrice-holy God: as daughter to the Father, mother to the Son, and spouse to the Holy Spirit (referring here to the Annunciation).

  23. PTK_70 says:

    @Fr. John Zuhlsdorf…..that’s most helpful. Many thanks and gig ’em!

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