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Saint Joseph the Guardian | by Lawrence OP
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Saint Joseph the Guardian

"The reasons why St. Joseph must be considered the special patron of the Church, and the Church in turn draws exceeding hope from his care and patronage, chiefly arise from his having been the husband of Mary and the presumed father of Jesus..., Joseph was in his day the lawful and natural guardian, head and defender of the Holy Family.... It is thus fitting and most worthy of Joseph's dignity that, in the same way that he once kept unceasing holy watch over the family of Nazareth, so now does he protect and defend with his heavenly patronage the Church of Christ" - Pope Leo XIII.


This mosaic of St Joseph is in the basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le mura in Rome, and 19 March is the Solemnity of St Joseph.

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Taken on October 4, 2010