Feast Of Saint Joseph Husband Of Mary

Today is the feast of St. Joseph the Husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.  It is one of the feasts of St. Joseph celebrated by the Catholic Church.  The other feast is St. Joseph the Worker celebrated on May 1st.  St. Joseph is the patron of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus’ public life, he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth.
Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.  
All we know about St. Joseph we learn from Scripture which is very little.  We know he was born of the house of David in Bethlehem, lived in Nazareth and was betrothed to Mary.   There is no mention of him after Jesus was found in the temple in Jerusalem.  Scripture has left us with the most important knowledge: who he was,  “a righteous man” (Matthew 1:18).
Prayer to Saint Joseph

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your devine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. 
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.

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