St Joseph and the Rosary



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This prayer to Saint Joseph—spouse of the Virgin Mary, Foster Father of Jesus, and Patron Saint of the Universal Church—was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam Pluries.

He asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary. The prayer is enriched with a partial indulgence (Handbook of Indulgences, conc. 19), and may be said after the customary Salve Regina and concluding prayer. It may also be used to conclude other Marian devotions.

Pope Leo XIII is famously quoted in Walsingham as prophesying “When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England”.

The Lay-initiave Rosary on the Coast which took place on 29th April at 3pm – the hour of Mercy is being held up as a beacon of light to the Nations. Over 400 locations throughout the British Isles saw the faithful and their Bishops holding up the Rosary to call upon the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for her to return to England.

England is her Dowry. So, what is St Joseph’s role as Father of the New Evangelisation? - To be right at the front of the line of all the Saints and Martyrs and Holy men and women of the British Isles, leading the Trumpet Call to Jesus, through Mary.

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