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The Feast of St. Joseph: A Day of Reverence and Celebration

By Katrina Koyfman 13

The month of March in the Catholic Church is a special time to remember the life of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patron of the Universal Church. The feast day is celebrated each year on the 19th of March.

Everything we know about St. Joseph is found through Scripture and in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. He was known as a very caring and obedient man of faith. He was a poor man who worked as a carpenter. Joseph was a descendant of David, one of the greatest kings of Israel. In fact the royal title, "Son of David" was later used to describe Jesus. Joseph cared for his wife Mary and Jesus despite his doubts and fears of the power of God. His faith and utmost devotion to his family proves him to be holy as well as a memorable saint in the Catholic religion.

The feast of St. Joseph also marks the beginning of spring in many countries. One Czech proverb, "Pekne-li na Svatého Josefa, bývá dobrý rok" or, "if it is nice on St. Joseph’s Day, it will usually be a good year" describes the importance of St. Joseph and his role in the Catholic faith.

 

Sources:

lifeinitaly.com

catholic.org

fisheater.com