Joseph the Betrothed, righteous

Dates of commemoration

Jan 08

(Church calendar - Dec 26) Synaxis of the Most-Holy Theotokos

Jan 13

(Church calendar - Dec 31) Movable feast - Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, holy ancestors

Life

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, Saint 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. Saint 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. Saint Joseph reputedly died at the age of one hundred.

Saint 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:

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2016/12/26/85-holy-righteous-joseph-the-betrothed-along-with-david-the-king-an

Holy relic type

unless specified otherwise below, "holy relic" means a fragment of a bone of the saint

1. Holy relic
2. Holy relic
3. Holy relic

Location of the holy relic in the Cathedral:

1. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #9
2. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #9
3. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #9

Icon

Troparion

Tone 2
Proclaim the wonder, O Joseph, / to David, the ancestor of God: / you saw a Virgin great with Child, / you gave glory with the shepherds, / you worshipped with the Magi, / you received the news from the angel. / Pray to Christ God to save our souls!

Kontakion

Tone 3
Today godly David is filled with joy; / Joseph and James offer praise. / The glorious crown of their kinship with Christ fills them with great joy. / They sing praises to the One ineffably born on earth, / and they cry out: “O Compassionate One, save those who honor You!”

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