Protector: Artisans, carpenters, woodworkers, supply officers,
workingmen, fathers of families, and attorneys.
Joseph, of the house of David, lived at Nazareth and was a
carpenter. He married Mary and was the putative father of
Jesus. He is cited in the Gospels only in reference to the
infancy of Jesus and probably died before Jesus began his
public life. The cult of St. Joseph spread around the 9th
century and entered the liturgy in the 15th.
He is often depicted as an older man with a flowering staff and
the tools of a carpenter. He is invoked for a good death and
by the homeless and the exiled.
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