Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saint Joseph the Betrothed

Saint Joseph the Betrothed was of the lineage of King David. In his first marriage, he had four sons and two daughters. After he became a widower, St Joseph led a life of strict temperance. He was chosen to be the husband and guardian of the Most Holy Theotokos, who had taken a vow of virginity.

An angel told him of the Incarnation of the Son of God through her. St Joseph was present when the shepherds and the Magi worshiped the new-born divine Infant. On the orders of the angel, he fled into Egypt with the Mother of God and the Infant Jesus, saving them from the wrath of King Herod. He lived in Egypt with the Virgin Mary and the divine Child, working as a carpenter. St Joseph reputedly died at the age of one hundred.

St Joseph is commemorated on the Sunday after the Nativity. If there is no Sunday between December 25 and January 1, his Feast is moved to December 26. The Righteous Joseph is also commemorated on the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.

Source: The Orthodox Church in America

4 comments:

DebD said...

There is something very appealing to me about Joseph. He's not the star of the story and his faith was tested, but, he quietly and obediently took on the task at hand. He was probably not a talker but a doer.

DebD said...

Oh, and the icon is lovely. I like the way the halo is filled in. It looks interesting.

-C said...

Thank you, Deb. I agree with your comments about St. Joseph - not in the limelight, yet a shining example for us all in many ways.

I painted this icon at the request of ElderSon - my first commission! (ha!).

Mimi said...

He is the Patron of one of my very good friends

This icon is FANTASTIC! I love it! Your work is lovely.

Holy St. Joseph, pray to God for us.