Saint Joseph: My New Patron Saint

This means not just preparation for parties, celebrations and family gatherings, but preparing for the Incarnation, the birth of the Christ child, Jesus. His birth ushered in a new era of salvation and solidified our redemption. Sacred Scripture mentions many characters as the scene is set for the birth of Christ: Mary, Herod the Great, and the three Kings, to name a few. Often overlooked is Joseph of Nazareth. Saint Joseph plays an integral role in this story, and sometimes it goes unnoticed or under-appreciated. As I prepared to get married, my mother gave me an image of Saint Joseph and she reminded me that he would be my new patron saint.

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And many of us use it as an opportunity to show affection for our loved ones with cards, flowers or chocolates. But why exactly do we celebrate Valentine’s Day and why does it fall on February 14? Well we’ve trawled through the history books to find out the real reasons so you don’t have to – and the background casts a very different light on the holiday. Read More How did Valentine’s Day begin?

Getty Images Valentine’s Day is an old tradition thought to have originated from a Roman Festival known as Lupercalia, according to History.

The emperor had banned marriage as he thought single men made better soldiers.

Z What is a patron saint? Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes — anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century. Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well.

Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area. Angels can also be named as patron saints. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint’s life and when we ask for that saint’s intercessory prayers to God. For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers.

Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard Christmas Mass — even though it was taking place miles away.

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I never imagined that one day I would sign up to one — then I met Russell. Last year, after he accepted my proposal over a weekend at a chateau in France I confess, I did not go down on bended knee we had a ceremony with 22 close friends and family in a smart London hotel. There was a wedding list, flowers in buttonholes for the two grooms and our parents, readings and music. There were tears from me as I stumbled over my vows. Just like any other wedding, really.

Paul’s demand “one must fear only one God and live in chastity” and turned to the authorities to punish both St.

According to the text, St. Thecla was a young noble virgin from Iconium who listened to St. She sat by her window for three days, listening to St. Paul and his teachings. When they witnessed this, they became concerned that St. Thecla would follow St.

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Saint Joseph was a man for others, something as a husband and a soon-to-be father I aspire to.

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Joseph is a model for all Christians, choosing to walk in the Way of the Cross.

Saint Joseph: My New Patron Saint

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