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.
This prayer by Pope Francis comes from his Aposolic Letter Patris Corde. Pope Francis gives a very personal reflection on the importance of St Joseph as the husband of Mary, the foster father of Our Saviour and protector of the Church.