St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, was probably born in Bethlehem and probably died in Nazareth. His important mission in God’s plan of salvation was “to legally insert Jesus Christ into the line of David from whom, according to the prophets, the Messiah would be born, and to act as his father and guardian” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy). Most of our information about St. Joseph comes from the opening two chapters of St. Matthew’s Gospel. No words of his are recorded in the Gospels; he was the “silent” man. We find no devotion to St. Joseph in the early Church. It was the will of God that the Virgin Birth of Our Lord be first firmly impressed upon the minds of the faithful. He was later venerated by the great saints of the Middle Ages. Pius IX (1870) declared him patron and protector of the universal family of the Church.
This Solemnity normally falls on March 19 but has been transferred this year, to 20 March, since 19 falls on a Sunday. Read more about St Joseph here
Share your favourite hymns and prayers to St Joseph on this thread, and tell us any experiences which you may have had as a result of your devotion to this great saint, or stories of miracles attributed to him that impressed you. Check out the story in the film below and tell us if you think that anonymous carpenter might have been St Joseph himself…
A very happy Feast of St Joseph to one and all.