Pope Leo XIII first composed this beautiful prayer to SaintJoseph in his 1889 encyclical titled Quamquam Pluries. Pope Leo XIII was the first Pope to begin to draw the lines of the theology of Saint Joseph and served at a time when the Church was wrestling by the rising challenges of modernity. He also prescribed this prayer, Ad te, beate Ioseph, be added to the Rosary during October. It remains as a partial indulgence in the current Enchridion Indulgentiarum.
To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, 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. Amen.