Saint Joseph was a common manual laborer who descended from the royal house of David. He was destined to become the spouse of Mary, the Mother of God. Joseph was a just man whose faith in God led him to fulfill his holy calling in life to protect and guard God’s greatest treasures upon the earth.
After Joseph was witness to the Messiah’s virgin birth, he modestly retires into the background of the Holy Scripture. He lived out his years in Nazareth and was almost forgotten through the centuries of Church history. Only in more recent times has he been given more honor in the story of Jesus.
There are two major feasts in his honor. On March 19 we honor him personally and to his part in the redemption, while on May 1 we honor him as the patron of workmen throughout the world.
Not much was said about Joseph’s death other than having the most beautiful death; in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph is invoked as patron for many causes. He is the patron of the Universal Church. He is also the patron of fathers, of carpenters, and of social justice.
Prayer to Saint Joseph
Oh Saint 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 Saint Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine 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 Saint Joseph I never weary 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 forehead for me and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. Saint Joseph Patron of departing Souls Pray for me.