(Died ca 18 -35 AD)
St Joseph was the Blessed Virgin Mary’s husband and Foster Father to Jesus. He was a carpenter and lived with his family in the Nazareth area of Israel.
St Joseph moved to Egypt to avoid Herod’s persecution during Jesus’ early life, returning only after Herod’s death. As a caring parent, he established a safe home for his wife and Jesus.
The final New Testament reference to St Joseph is when Jesus was twelve years old. Since Jesus started his ministry in his early thirties, it is feasible to assume that St Joseph died somewhere in the interim.
St Joseph’s Feast Day is 19th March. He is the Patron Saint of fathers, workers, unborn children, immigrants, employment, travellers, a happy death and many others.
Assist us by your powerful intercession and obtain for us, from your Divine Son, the spiritual blessing of a happy death.
Glory be to the…
Joseph and Mary spent three days searching for the child Jesus.
They found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to Him and asking Him questions. “And all who heard Jesus were astonished at his understanding and his answers”.
Jesus said to Mary and Joseph, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:46-47, 49)
Mary kept all these things in her heart but we can safely assume that Joseph, was also similarly stressed.
Lord Jesus, strengthen my trust in your merciful love for me.
Prayer: Our True Love (Hildegard of Bingen)
Jesus Christ, the love that gives love,
You are higher than the highest star;
You are deeper than the deepest sea;
You cherish us as your own family;
You embrace us as your own spouse;
You rule over us as your own subjects;
You welcome us as your dearest friend.
Let all the world worship you.
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Almighty God, thank you for this new day. Bless me and keep me safe.