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Guardian of the Holy Family and also Guardian of the Church Universal, for centuries St. Joseph has been one of the most beloved saints of the Church. In this icon, the saint holds a flowering staff which was the miraculous testimony that signalled God’s choice of St. Joseph as the betrothed of the Blessed Virgin.
Searching for a righteous man with whom they could entrust the youthful Virgin Mary in marriage, the priests of the Temple called all the men of the tribe of Judah to bring their staves into the Holy of Holies. The staff of the righteous man Joseph miraculously budded. And so he was chosen to become the spouse of the Blessed Virgin.
St. Luke’s Gospel describes in detail St. Joseph’s important role in the eternal drama of Christ’s birth, the flight into Egypt and the finding in the Temple. The apocryphal “History of Joseph the Carpenter” records that at his holy death St. Joseph was assisted by Christ and the Blessed Virgin.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
Prayer to St. Joseph
Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary,
be with us this day.
You protected and cherished the Virgin;
loving the child Jesus as your son,
you rescued him from the danger of death.
Defend the Church, the household of God,
purchased by the blood of Christ.
Guardian of the Holy Family,
be with us in our trials.
May your prayers obtain for us
the strength to flee from error
and wrestle with the powers of corruption
so that in life we may grow in holiness
and in death rejoice in the crown of victory. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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