Patron of a
Happy Death and
of the Universal Church
THE Heavenly Father chose Joseph a young carpenter of Nazareth to be the foster father of Jesus and the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After they were betrothed an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary would bear a Child who would be the Son of God.
Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to register for the census. They could find no place to stay except in a stable. There Mary brought forth her Son and laid Him in a manger.
At the word of an angel Joseph took Jesus and Mary to Egypt and stayed there till the angel told him to go back to Nazareth.
When Jesus was twelve years old he was lost in Jerusalem. For days Mary and Joseph looked for Him with great sorrow and found Him in the Temple.
At Nazareth Joseph worked hard for Jesus and Mary. Later, Jesus worked with Joseph in the carpenter shop and obeyed him. Joseph died in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Almighty God, You entrusted to the faithful care of Joseph the beginnings of the mysteries of man's salvation. Through his intercession may Your Church always be faithful in her service so that Your designs will be fulfilled.
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