On the 150th anniversary of Bl. Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, a special “Year of St. Joseph” has been declared from today to 8 December 2021.
The Apostolic Penitentiary has yet to update their website. However, a Plenary Indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharist Communion, and prayer according to the intention of the Roman Pontiff) to the faithful who, with no attachment to sins, participate in the special year in the manner prescribed by the same Apostolic Penitentiary.
In 1870, Pius IX of happy memory wrote in Quemadmodum Deus:
[N]ow that in this most sorrowful time the Church herself is beset by enemies on every side and oppressed by heavy calamities, so that impious men imagine that the gates of hell are at length prevailing against her, the Venerable Prelates of the whole Catholic world have presented to the Sovereign Pontiff their own petitions and those of the faithful confided to their care, praying that he would vouchsafe to constitute St. Joseph Patron of the Catholic Church.
The 2020 Apostolic Letter declaring the special year is entitled in Latin (absurd since they didn’t release a Latin version) Patris corde.
Bl. Pope Pius IX’s document, in English, was – excluding title and ending, 434 words. Patris corde is, in English, 5560 words.
Firstly, this is the best birthday present this blog could have. Today this blog is 15 years old.
Next, I am convinced that St Joseph will ask for great graces to be given to Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger. He must be very happy today. Many people will be praying to St. Joseph this year.
Moreover, St. Joseph has been for me a great intercessor in my life when I have really been in a jam.
Additionally, let us not forget the wisdom of the Bux Protocol, which invokes St. Joseph.
I have asked you to pray to St. Joseph for the conversion or overturning of the Fishwrap. HERE A link to that prayer is always in the top menu of this blog.
Personally, I will say Votive Masses in honor of St. Joseph during the year.
Here is a great resource St. Joseph
Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father
by Fr Donald Calloway