If we look back at the role of St. Joseph in the Holy Family, we see that he is called by God to be the head of the family. St. Matthew recounts how an angel sent from God explains to St. Joseph in a dream that he is to be the earthly father of Jesus: “She shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). By Jewish law, after marriage, whatever belonged to the wife, belonged to the husband. Since Jesus Mary’s son, therefore He was also the son of Joseph.
St. Joseph is one of the most loved saints because he is the man who God chose among all others to be the special guardian of the Incarnate Jesus Christ and His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the human guardian of the Holy Family.
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Although we have no words spoken by Joseph recorded in Scripture, the stories of his life, upon reflection, reveal much. From Scripture we can see that Saint Joseph was a righteous man who demonstrated the virtues of compassion, faith, and love of Jesus. He shows his compassion in that he planned on divorcing Mary quietly when he discovered that she was pregnant. He also demonstrates his faith numerous times, especially in fleeing into a strange land away from everything he knew in order to protect his wife and unborn foster child.
This prayer to St. Joseph is said to be dated to the year 50 A.D., which, if accurate, would make it part of the apostolic tradition. Nevertheless, it is very old and is among the most loved of our traditional Catholic prayers. It has been recited by the faithful for generations, with much positive effect. We do know that this prayer received an imprimatur in 1950 from the Bishop of Pittsburgh, Hugh Boyle. After the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is the most beloved and efficacious saint in heaven, and the guardian and protector of the Universal Church.
St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the most loved saints of the Church. As the guardian and protector of the Holy Family, St. Joseph was entrusted by God with the greatest of responsibilities – earthly provision for the Son of God Incarnate and the Immaculate Conception. Because of his faithfulness he is one of the greatest intercessors in heaven, a supreme model for doing God’s will in humility, faith, and obedience. His mission continues in heaven as the patron and protector of the Universal Church.
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