Saint Joseph

Christian saint; husband of Mary and legal father of Jesus / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Joseph (Hebrew: יוסף, romanized: Yosef; Greek: Ἰωσήφ, romanized: Ioséph) was a 1st-century Jewish man of Nazareth who, according to the canonical Gospels, was married to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and was the legal father of Jesus.[2]

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Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Legal father of Jesus
Prince and Patron of the Universal Church
Guardian of the Holy Family
Venerated inAll Christian denominations that venerate saints
AttributesCarpenter's square or tools, holding the infant Jesus Christ, staff with lily blossoms, two turtle doves, and a rod of spikenard.
PatronageCatholic Church, among others fathers, workers, married people, persons living in exile, the sick and dying, for a holy death

Joseph is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church and Anglicanism. His feast day is observed by some Lutherans.[3][4] In Catholic traditions, Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers and is associated with various feast days. The month of March is dedicated to Saint Joseph. Pope Pius IX declared him to be both the patron and the protector of the Catholic Church, in addition to his patronages of the sick and of a happy death, due to the belief that he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary. Joseph has become patron of various dioceses and places. Being a patron saint of the virgins, too, he is venerated as "most chaste".[5][6] A specific veneration is tributed to the most chaste and pure heart of Saint Joseph.[7]

Several venerated images of Saint Joseph have been granted a decree of canonical coronation by a pontiff. Religious iconography often depicts him with lilies or spikenard. With the present-day growth of Mariology, the theological field of Josephology has also grown and since the 1950s centers for studying it have been formed.[8][9]