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joseph husband of maryNot a single word of his is recorded in Sacred Scripture and yet Joseph is one of the greatest and most popular saints, largely because of his humility and his closeness to Our Lord.  He died before the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and, since he probably died in the presence of Jesus and Mary, is venerated as the patron of a good death.  Blessed Pius IX named him patron of the universal church and St John XXIII added his name to the Roman Canon. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2610.

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