Short Lives of the Saints – The Espousals of the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph

Espousal of Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint JosephEntry

When the Blessed Virgin Mary had attained her fourteenth year she was espoused by the high- priest, in the Temple of Jerusalem, to Saint Joseph, the husband chosen for her by the Divine decree. An ancient tradition avers that Saint Joseph was indicated as the chosen spouse of Mary by the miraculous flowering of a rod which he held in his hand, as well as by the apparition of a shining dove which descended at the same time from heaven and rested upon the head of the future Foster-Father of Jesus.

Veni!” she hears it nearer tremble,
  “Arise, O love, and quit thy cell;
Already in the courts assemble
  The noblest youths of Israel;
  And princely suitors there await
  Thine entrance at the inner gate.”

Dear Mater Admirabilis!
  Ere the high-priest leads thee forth to stand
Where Joseph waits ‘mid the throng in peace,
  With the blossoming stall in his aged hand; –
Ah! turn from thy lilies, thy work, thy book,
And gladden thy children with one fond look.
– from “Crowned with Stars”

Favorite Practice – – A deep reverence for the sanctity of the marriage-state.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “The Espousals of the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>