To mark the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX in 1870, Pope Francis through his apostolic letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart) has declared a Year of Saint Joseph from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021. The Holy Father encouraged the faithful to imitate the virtues of Saint Joseph who faithfully and courageously fulfilled his important role in the history of salvation as the guardian of the Redeemer and chaste husband of the Virgin Mary. Towards the end of his apostolic letter, Pope Francis penned the following prayer to Saint Joseph:
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.
As a contribution to this important jubilee, the Province’s Mass Media Team composed a prayer to Saint Joseph for the Augustinian Family which was inspired by Pope Leo XIII’s Prayer to Saint Joseph in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam pluries:
Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, most chaste Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Guardian of the
Redeemer and Patron of the Church, you are also the Protector of our Augustinian Family. Sustain us in
our religious ideal of living together in one mind and one heart on the way to God. Help us to follow
Christ and to live according to his will.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from sure peril, so now safeguard us from all evils, temptations and
dangers. Shield, too, each one of us by your powerful protection, so that, supported by your constant
help, we may be able to live harmoniously in our communities and come to perfection in the eternal life
prepared for us. Amen.
Saint Joseph, pray for us!
To mark this important year, the Province’s Mass Media Office also commissioned a painting from the workshop of young Cebuano artist Avelino S. Paden depicting Saint Joseph carrying the Child Jesus in his arms while holding the Order’s logo in his left hand.