Joseph, the Husband of Mary

Joseph and Mary were engaged to be married when she discovered that she was going to have a child. Joseph wanted to avoid scandal, so he decided to send her away quietly, so she would not be ashamed in the village. But an angel appeared to him in a dream, telling Joseph that he should marry her and raise the child as his own, which he did.

Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and after the Wise Men warned him that Herod was searching for the baby, an angel appeared again to Joseph in a dream, telling him to take Mary and the Baby Jesus to Egypt in order to keep them safe.

They stayed in Egypt until Joseph knew that Herod was dead, and it was safe to go back to Palestine. Joseph took Mary and Jesus home to Nazareth, where he seemed to have taught Jesus his own trade of building or carpentry.

Joseph also took his family to Jerusalem from Nazareth every spring to celebrate the feast of the Passover.



People | Lessons | Calendar | HomePage