We all have experienced praying to the Virgin Mary through the Holy Rosary, but have you ever tried reaching out to her spouse afterward?
In 1889, Pope Leo XIII wrote a prayer to St. Joseph—the husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of the universal Church. The prayer, which was included in the Pope’s encyclical for that year, was requested to be added to the end of the Rosary. It was to be recited especially during October—the month of the Holy Rosary.
Following its release, the prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary was enriched and expanded. Today, Catholics recite it after the customary Salve Regina and other Marian devotions. (Read: Uplifting Lessons We Can Learn from Mary and Joseph on the First Christmas)
Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your 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 kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.
As once you 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 your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.
Prayer from usccb.org.