March 19 – St. Joseph the Husband of Mary
May 1 – St. Joseph the Worker
Patron Saint of:
the dying, the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers (pregnant women), travellers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general.
St. Joseph was the foster father of Jesus and a carpenter by trade. He wasn’t a rich man because when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mother Mary to be purified he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24).
St. Joseph came from a royal lineage, the angel who first tells St. Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus.
Titles of St. Joseph
– Spouse of the Mother of God
– Chaste guardian of the Virgin
– Foster-father of the Son of God
– Diligent protector of Christ
– Head of the Holy Family
– most chaste
– most faithful
– Glory of home life
– Guardian of virgins
– Pillar of families
– Terror of demons
– Protector of the Holy Church
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