By Christina Hermoso
Feast masses will be held at 6:15 a.m. and at 7:15 a.m. at the Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills, San Juan City, in commemoration of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph (San Jose), the husband of the Blessed Mother, the foster father of Jesus, and the head of the Holy Family.
A procession will be held at 4:30 p.m. to be followed by a high mass at 6:15 p.m. in honor of one of the most popular saints of the Catholic Church.
The Holy Father Pope Francis was inaugurated as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church at the Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy on this day in 2013.
The Pontiff is also known to keep an image of a sleeping St. Joseph on top of his work desk at the Vatican.
Commemorative rites in honor of St. Joseph will also be held in several churches across the country and in many parts of the world in honor of the beloved patron of the Universal Church, fathers, workers, and the dying.
Considered as the second greatest saint after the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph was a skilled carpenter by profession.
He was a model husband of Mary.
As the foster father of Jesus, he taught Him basic carpentry skills and “made Jesus aware of the dignity of labor.” Under his guidance, Jesus grew in wisdom and grace.
St. Joseph was a descendant of David, the greatest king of Israel who, according to St. Matthew, was “a righteous, compassionate, and caring man. He was a man of faith and was very subservient to God.”
St. Joseph’s other feast day is on May 1 as St. Joseph the Worker, which coincides with Labor Day.