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Husband of Virgin Mary, Adoptive Father of Jesus and Patron Saint

Profile & Life Story of Saint Joseph

  • Earthly Husband of the Virgin Mary
  • Adoptive Father of Jesus Christ (some say Foster Father)
  • Patron Saint of numerous causes & people (see Patronage below)
  • He was a carpenter
  • He most likely passed away before Jesus.
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Patronage Profile

against doubt, cabinetmakers, Canada, carpenters, China, confectioners, craftsmen, dying people, engineers, families, fathers, happy death, holy death, house hunters, Korea, laborers, Mexico, New France, people in doubt, Peru, pioneers, protector of the Church, social justice, travellers, Universal Church, Vatican II, Viet Nam, workers, working people

Feast Days

Two separate & distinct feast days are celebrated for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.

Prayers to Saint Joseph

These are a few of the numerous prayers used traditionally with St. Joseph.

Patron of Carpenters

Dear Saint, you are the Patron of the family of the Church. God chose you to be the head and protector of the Holy Family of Nazareth. You chose to do a carpenter's work which made some say about Jesus: "Is he not the carpenter's son?" Deign to bless and encourage carpenters whose work is so much like yours.

Patron of Workers

Glorious Saint Joseph, you are the pattern of all who work. Obtain for me, please, the grace to work conscientiously and to put devotion to duty before my selfish inclinations. Help me to labor in thankfulness and joy, for it is an honor to employ and to develop by my labor the gifts I have received from almighty God. Grant that I may work in orderliness, peace, moderation and patience without shrinking from weariness and difficulties. I offer my fatigue and perplexities as reparation for sin. I shall work, above all, with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. For Jesus through Mary, all in imitation of you, good Saint Joseph. This shall be my motto in life and in death. Amen.

Whole Church Prayer

O Glorious Saint Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family. You have been chosen by Christ's Vicar as the heavenly Patron and Protector of the Church founded by Christ.

Protect the Sovereign Pontiff and all bishops and priests united with him. Be the protector of all who labor for souls amid the trials and tribulations of this life; and grant that all peoples of the world may be docile to the Church without which there is no salvation.

Dear Saint Joseph, accept the offering I make to you. Be my father, protector, and guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me purity of heart and a love for the spiritual life. After you example, let all my actions be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and your own paternal heart. Finally, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death.

Amen.

Links to Other St Joseph Related Sites

Catholic-forum.com ~~ Great Information, great site
Saints.com
Catholic.org



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