Saint Joseph is husband of the Virgin Mary and the father of Jesus. He is the patron saint of a number of causes, including the Universal Church, families, fathers, the sick, and a protector of the dying. He is also the patron saint of workers, carpenters, and pregnant women, making him a revered figure for many.
Saint Joseph is mentioned briefly in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and his life is only known through these passages. He and Mary were betrothed before Jesus was born. According to the Bible, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary was pregnant with the son of God and that he should take her as his wife. Saint Joseph accepted Mary's pregnancy as a divine miracle and married her, becoming the father to Jesus as well as a devoted husband. He was described as a just and righteous man who was obedient to the laws of God.
One of the most famous events in the life of Saint Joseph is when he, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt to escape King Herod's order to kill all male infants in Bethlehem. This event is known as the Flight into Egypt.
The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th, which is also the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary.
Saint Joseph was canonized a saint by the Catholic Church but it is not formally canonized. He is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion.
Some interesting facts about Saint Joseph include:
- Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the dying because, according to tradition, he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary.
- Saint Joseph is also often depicted holding a lily, which is a symbol of purity.
- Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, making him one of the most important saints in the Catholic Church.
- Saint Joseph was a carpenter by trade.
It is not known exactly when Saint Joseph was born and died, as it is not mentioned in the Bible. However, it is believed that he was an older man when he married Mary and that he died before Jesus began his public ministry.