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How did Saint Joseph die?

His departure from earth is known as the perfect example of a “happy death.”

How did Saint Joseph die? Not much is known factually about the life of Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ. He is mentioned only a few times in the Gospels, and never says a word.

However, most biblical scholars believe Joseph died prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. This is mainly due to the fact that Joseph was not present at the crucifixion. Also, in the Gospel of St. John, Jesus entrusts his mother to someone outside the family (cf. John 19:27).

Keeping in mind this historical scenario, many traditions hold that Joseph died in the arms or presence of Jesus and Mary. It’s a beautiful image, one that has led the Church to proclaim Joseph the patron saint of a “happy death.”

Here is a short prayer to Saint Joseph, asking him to intercede for us that our death may be “happy” as well.

O BLESSED JOSEPH, who yielded up thy last breath in the arms of Jesus and Mary, obtain for me this grace, O holy Joseph, that I may breathe forth my soul in praise, saying in spirit, if I am unable to do so in words:“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give Thee my heart and my soul.” Amen.