Joseph of Nazareth

Orthodox Remembrance Day: Sunday after Christmas

Catholic Remembrance Day: March 19

Name means: God has added (Hebrew)

(Nutrient) Father of Jesus, Bridegroom of Our Lady Mary

Patron: of the whole Catholic Church, of Austria, of married couples and families, children, young people and orphans, of workers, craftsmen, carpenters, woodcutters, carpenters, Wagners, gravediggers, engineers, educators, pioneers, travelers and exiles, of the dying; in case of eye ailments; in temptation and despair; in housing shortages; for a good death.
Attributes: Baby Jesus on the arm, flowering staff, lily, dove, angular measure


* in Nazareth in Israel
around 16

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Joseph was the father – or foster father – of Jesus, because according to ancient Christian conviction Jesus is the Son of God and was begotten by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Joseph came from the family of King David, from whom, according to the testimony of the Old Testament, the Messiah would emerge. He lived as Builder 1 in Nazareth and was the fiancée of Mary, who then became the mother of Jesus. According to later tradition, he was already an old, 80-year-old man. When he learned that Mary was pregnant, he doubted her loyalty and wanted to separate from her; but an angel told him in a dream face that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, and Joseph stayed with her (Matthew 1:18-21).


Joachim Schäfer: Article Joseph von Nazaret, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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