Our starting point in the year of St. Joseph was Pope Francis’ letter Patris Corde on the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church:
Pope Francis' Prayer to St. 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.