20 March: Happy Feast of St Joseph!

20 March: Happy Feast of St Joseph!

St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, was probably born in Bethlehem and probably died in Nazareth. His important mission in God’s plan of salvation was “to legally insert Jesus Christ into the line of David from whom, according to the prophets, the Messiah would be born, and to act as his father and guardian” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy). Most of our information about St. Joseph comes from the opening two chapters of St. Matthew’s Gospel. No words of his are recorded in the Gospels; he was the “silent” man. We find no devotion to St. Joseph in the early Church. It was the will of God that the Virgin Birth of Our Lord be first firmly impressed upon the minds of the faithful. He was later venerated by the great saints of the Middle Ages. Pius IX (1870) declared him patron and protector of the universal family of the Church.

This Solemnity normally falls on March 19 but has been transferred this year, to 20 March, since 19 falls on a Sunday.  Read more about St Joseph here


Share your favourite hymns and prayers to St Joseph on this thread, and tell us any experiences which you may have had as a result of your devotion to this great saint, or stories of miracles attributed to him that impressed you. Check out the story  in the film below and tell us if you think that anonymous carpenter might have been St Joseph himself…

A very happy Feast of  St Joseph to one and all. 

Comments (14)

  • Laura

    Happy Feast everyone!

    I love St Joseph, such a powerful saint.

    That video of the Santa Fe staircase always has the same effect on me – I’ve seen videos on this before and it is just amazing. I firmly believe that the anonymous carpenter was St Joseph himself, there can be no doubt about it!

    March 20, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Josephine

    I wish everyone of the CT bloggers a very happy Feast of St Joseph. Yes, St Joseph built the staircase at Santa Fe, no question about that!

    I found this song about St Joseph and quite like it – hope others do, as well.

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV0Simc6kWI&w=1131&h=636%5D

    March 20, 2017 at 11:46 am
    • crofterlady

      That’d a beautiful song. Thanks for posting it.

      Happy feast of St. Joseph to everyone.

      March 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm
  • Benedict Carter

    Marvellous sermon by Fr. Pazzat at the SSPX Priory in Bristol yesterday, explaining why St. Joseph was the Patron Saint of the family, of vocations and of silence, illustrating each with examples from the life of the Holy Family and giving the history of the Feast at the same time. I have never given much thought to St. Joseph but shall try to change that now.

    March 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Prayer to Royal St Joseph

    Royal St Joseph, chosen by God the Father to be His Son’s earthly Father. Look down upon England, Mary’s Dowry. See the House of Nazareth is broken.

    Do not look upon this poor sinner and turn away, but through your most powerful intercession, take your heavenly tools and rebuild your Spouse’s House and give it back to Her more resplendent than it was before.

    Restore to the Mother of God what is rightfully Hers, so England may once again be a light to the Nations, where Christ the King reigns over us, and His Mother is seated at His right Hand as Our Immaculate Queen.

    Glory Be. O Christ the King, reign over us.
    Glory Be. O Mary, Immaculate Queen, intercede for us.
    Glory Be. O Royal St Joseph, hear us through our Guardian Angel. Amen.

    With ecclesiastical approval.

    March 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • westminsterfly

    PS With apologies to Scottish / Welsh / Irish readers – I haven’t got a St Joseph prayer for them!

    March 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    I wish everyone a happy feast of St Joseph.


    I found this prayer of St Joseph, hopefully you might like.

    March 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    • Lily

      Theresa Rose,

      That’s a famous prayer – thanks for posting it on video, it’s beautiful!

      March 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    Happy Feast of St Joseph to all CT bloggers!

    “Hail St Joseph, pure and gentle”! (I tried to find that hymn to post but can’t find it on video.)

    March 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Michaela

    Happy Feast everyone!

    Love all the videos, and particularly love the story of the miracle staircase, so typically humble of St Joseph.

    March 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm
    • Lily


      I forgot to say that in my first comment here, about the staircase. I’ve known about it for a long time but every time I see the videos on it, I’m as astonished as the first time I heard the miracle story. It’s truly amazing. Atheists are always asking for scientific proof, well there it is, in Santa Fe! LOL!

      March 20, 2017 at 9:46 pm
  • Lily

    I’ve just read the first short story on this blog and I think it is an amazing testimonial to the power of St Joseph http://www.stjosephsite.com/SJS_Thanks1.htm

    I wish everyone at CT a very happy Feast of St Joseph!

    March 20, 2017 at 9:43 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Happy St Joseph’s day everyone!

    March 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm
  • editor

    This thread is now closed to comments, with thanks to everyone who contributed to it, in order to pay tribute to the wonderful St Joseph.

    St Joseph, patron of the Church, pray for us.

    March 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

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