St. Joseph’s Best Titles

Next to Blessed Mother, St. Joseph is the most beloved saint in the Church. In honor of his feast day tomorrow, we were going to do his best quotes…

Instead, here are his best titles.*

(My personal favorite, “Mirror of Patience,” is one I’ll be calling on a lot. Ahem.)

* Most titles are taken from the Litany of St. Joseph. This is not a comprehensive list.

1. St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph and Jesus

For any kind of job-related prayer intention, he’s your handyman.

2. St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

St. Joseph with Baby Jesus and Mary

Husbands, just remember: he was married to the Blessed Mother. If anything went wrong, it actually was his fault.

3. St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus

St. Joseph and the Baby Jesus

When you think about the fact that his mission on earth was to be a stand-in for God the Father and raise God Himself into an adult man…it’s mind-blowing.

4. St. Joseph, Patron of the Dying

St. Joseph Dying with Jesus and Mary Nearby

He died in the arms of Jesus and Mary, so…

5. St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church

St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church

He was the father of the beginning of the Church on earth. Makes sense.

6. St. Joseph, Patron of Fathers

St. Joseph Holding the Baby Jesus

7. St. Joseph, Patron of Travelers

After an spontaneous road trip to Egypt to flee for safety, he should be able to add this patronage to his resume.

8. St. Joseph, Patron of Immigrants

Egypt. See above.

9. Illustrious Son of David

Now we’re getting to the good stuff here.

10. Splendor of Patriarchs

St. Joseph Splendor of Patriarchs

Pretty sure no earthly ruler with an appendage on their name can beat this one.

11. Chaste Protector of the Virgin

Baby Jesus Touching St. Joseph's Face

12. Zealous Defender of Christ

St. Joseph Holding Hands with the Child Jesus

13. Joseph Most Pure

That’s where the name “Josephite” marriage comes from, after all, and it takes serious holiness.

14. Joseph Most Obedient

He listened to an angel telling him to do something in a dream…twice.

15. Mirror of Patience

St. Joseph Teaching Jesus with Mary Nearby

He had to be patient, teaching Jesus his craft…I mean, He was Jesus.

16. Terror of Demons

St. Joseph Terror of Demons

I’m surprised some metal band hasn’t taken this as their band name, because it’s by far his coolest title.

St. Joseph, pray for us!

Therese Bussen
Therese lives in glorious Denver, Colorado and grew up in the high desert area of Southern California (and knows what the Israelites felt like waiting in the desert to get to the Promised Land). She graduated from Benedictine College with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Art. When she's not hanging out with friends, Therese enjoys reading, writing, painting, drawing, designing (basically any kind of art), and dancing awkwardly on purpose. She also loves surprising people with her love of shotgun shooting and cigars. Also, a glass of wine is her favorite thing.

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