14" St. Joseph Figure with Baby Jesus by Roman
Description: 14" St. Joseph Figure with Baby Jesus
Materials: Resin and Stone Mix
Dimensions: 14" H X 4.75" W X 4.38" D
Patron of Fathers, the Church (First Century)
Joseph was a just man, who worked as a carpenter in the little
village of Nazareth. According to the New Testament, he
was a descendant from the royal house of David and
betrothed to Mary during the time of the Annunciation.
When Joseph found out that Mary had conceived a child before
they were married, he was greatly distressed. Because he was a kind
man, he wished to end their betrothal quietly, and spare Mary any
shame, but an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to guide him
and to calm his fears. The angel told Joseph that Mary's child had
been conceived by the holy Spirit and was the long awaited
Messiah who would save his people from their sins. Moved and
overjoyed at this news, Joseph, without hesitation, obeyed God and
took Mary as his wife. Joseph proved himself to be the faithful
protector of Mary and her Son. He cared for Mary during the
birth of Jesus, and obeyed God's angel once more when he took his
family on a difficult journey to Egypt to escape Herod, who wished
to murder Jesus.
As Jesus' father, it was Joseph's duty to guide Jesus and educate
Him on the scriptures. Because God chose Joseph as the steadfast
guardian of Jesus on earth, he is also patron of the Universal
Church as well as the special protector of fathers of families.
Joseph is also considered the patron of departing souls, as it is
believed that Joseph died in the arms of Jesus and Mary, years
before Jesus began his preaching. He is often invoked by those
seeking a peaceful passing.
Feast day: March 19
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