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The Passing of St. Joseph

Canisius | 21 March, 2006 15:39

A hymn for the Feast of St. Joseph (V,426) describes Joseph's death as follows:

Death was vanquished, the snare of the flesh was broken, and Joseph, sweetly sleeping, passed to the eternal home, and received upon his brow the glittering crown.

This could be a bit misleading, I suppose. Since Christ opened the gates of heaven after his own death and resurrection, it must be the case the Joseph went to the abode of the dead where all the just waited for the Christ over the ages--the "bosom of Abraham".

That's quite a thought: there he is, the foster-father of the savior, and like Moses he can look over the river and see the promised land, but to enter is not given him. Not yet.



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