Lives of the Saints
IN the name of God, of one essence and three persons.
The History of the death of our father, the holy old man, Joseph the carpenter.
May his blessings and prayers preserve us all, O brethren! Amen.
His whole life was one hundred and eleven years, and his departure from this world
happened on the twenty-sixth of the month Abib, which answers to the month Abib.
May his prayer preserve us! Amen. And, indeed, it was our Lord Jesus Christ Himself
who related this history to His holy disciples on the Mount of Olives, and all Joseph’s
labor, and the end of his days. And the holy apostles have preserved this
conversation, and have left it written down in the library at Jerusalem. May their
prayers preserve us! Amen.
1. It happened one day, when the Savior, our Master, God, and Savior Jesus Christ,
was sitting along with His disciples, and they were all assembled on the Mount of
Olives, that He said to them: O my brethren and friends, sons of the Father who has
chosen you from all men, you know that I have often told you that I must be
crucified, and must die for the salvation of Adam and his posterity, and that I shall
rise from the dead. Now I shall commit to you the doctrine of the holy gospel formerly
announced to you, that you may declare it throughout the whole world.
And I shall endow you with power from on high, and fill you with the Holy Spirit. And
you shall declare to all nations repentance and remission of sins. For a single cup of
water, if a man shall find it in the world to come, is greater and better than all the
wealth of this whole world. And as much ground as one foot can occupy in the house
of my Father, is greater and more excellent than all the riches of the earth. Yea, a
single hour in the joyful dwelling of the pious is more blessed and more precious than
a thousand years among sinners: inasmuch as their weeping and lamentation shall
not come to an end, and their tears shall not cease, nor shall they find for
themselves consolation and repose at any time for ever. And now, O my honored
members, go declare to all nations, tell them, and say to them: Verily the Savior
diligently inquires into the inheritance which is due, and is the administrator of
justice. And the angels will cast down their enemies, and will fight for them in the
day of conflict. And He will examine every single foolish and idle word which men
speak, and they shall give an account of it. For as no one shall escape death, so also
the works of every man shall be laid open on the day of judgment, whether they have
been good or evil. Tell them also this word which I have said to you today: Let not
the strong man glory in his strength, nor the rich man in his riches; but let him who
wishes to glory, glory in the Lord.
2. There was a man whose name was Joseph, sprung from a family of Bethlehem, a
town of Judah, and the city of King David. This same man, being well furnished with
wisdom and learning, was made a priest in the temple of the Lord. He was, besides
skillful in his trade, which was that of a carpenter; and after the manner of all men,
he married a wife.
Moreover, he begot for himself sons and daughters, four sons, namely, and two
daughters. Now these are their names — Judas, Justus, James, and Simon. The
names of the two daughters were Assia and Lydia. At length the wife of righteous
Joseph, a woman intent on the divine glory in all her works, departed this life. But
Joseph, that righteous man, my father after the flesh, and the spouse of my mother
Mary, went away with his sons to his trade, practicing the art of a carpenter.
3. Now when righteous Joseph became a widower, my mother Mary, blessed, holy,
and pure, was already twelve years old. For her parents offered her in the temple
when she was three years of age, and she remained in the temple of the Lord nine
years. Then when the priests saw that the virgin, holy and God-fearing, was growing
up, they spoke to each other, saying: Let us search out a man, righteous and pious,
to whom Mary may be entrusted until the time of her marriage; lest, if she remain in
the temple, it happen to her as is wont to happen to women, and lest on that
account we sin, and God be angry with us.
4. Therefore they immediately sent out, and assembled twelve old men of the tribe of
Judah. And they wrote down the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. And the lot fell
upon the pious old man, righteous Joseph. Then the priests answered, and said to my
blessed mother with him till the time of your marriage. Righteous Joseph therefore
received my mother, and led her away to his own house. And Mary found James the
Less in his father’s house, broken-hearted and sad on account of the loss of his
mother, and she brought him up. Hence Mary was called the mother of James.
Thereafter Joseph left her at home, and went away to the shop where he wrought at
his trade of a carpenter. And after the holy virgin had spent two years in his house
her age was exactly fourteen years, including the time at which he received her.
5. And I chose her of my own will, with the concurrence of my Father, and the counsel
of the Holy Spirit. And I was made flesh of her, by a mystery which transcends the
grasp of created reason. And three months after her conception the righteous man
Joseph returned from the place where he worked at his trade; and when he found my
virgin mother pregnant, he was greatly perplexed, and thought of sending her away
secretly. But from fear, and sorrow, and the anguish of his heart, he could endure
neither to eat nor drink that day.
6. But at mid-day there appeared to him in a dream the prince of the angels, the holy
Gabriel, furnished with a command from my Father; and he said to him: Joseph, son
of David, fear not to take Mary as thy wife: for she has conceived of the Holy Spirit;
and she will bring forth a son, whose name shall be called Jesus. He it is who shall
rule all nations with a rod of iron. Having thus spoken, the angel departed from him.
And Joseph rose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord had said to him; and
Mary abode with him.
7. Some time after that, there came forth an order from Augustus Caesar the king,
that all the habitable world should be enrolled, each man in his own city. The old man
therefore, righteous Joseph, rose up and took the virgin Mary and came to Bethlehem,
because the time of her bringing forth was at hand. Joseph then inscribed his name in
the list; for Joseph the son of David, whose spouse Mary was, was of the tribe of
Judah. And indeed Mary, my mother, brought me forth in Bethlehem, in a cave near
the tomb of Rachel the wife of the patriarch Jacob, the mother of Joseph and
8. But Satan went and told this to Herod the Great, the father of Archelaus. And it
was this same Herod who ordered my friend and relative her: Go with Joseph, and be
John to be beheaded. Accordingly he searched for me diligently, thinking that my
kingdom was to be of this world. But Joseph, that pious old man, was warned of this
by a dream. Therefore he rose and took Mary my mother, and I lay in her bosom.
Salome also was their fellow traveler. Having therefore set out from home, he retired
into Egypt, and remained there the space of one whole year, until the hatred of Herod
passed away.
9. Now Herod died by the worst form of death, atoning for the shedding of the blood
of the children whom he wickedly cut off, though there was no sin in them. And that
impious tyrant Herod being dead, they returned into the land of Israel, and lived in a
city of Galilee which is called Nazareth. And Joseph, going back to his trade of a
carpenter, earned his living by the work of his hands; for, as the law of Moses had
commanded, he never sought to live for nothing by another’s labor.
10. At length, by increasing years, the old man arrived at a very advanced age. He did
not, however, labor under any bodily weakness, nor had his sight failed, nor had any
tooth perished from his mouth. In mind also, for the whole time of his life, he never
wandered; but like a boy he always in his business displayed youthful vigor, and his
limbs remained unimpaired, and free from all pain. His life, then, in all, amounted to
one hundred and eleven years, his old age being prolonged to the utmost limit.
11. Now Justus and Simeon, the elder sons of Joseph, were married, and had families
of their own. Both the daughters were likewise married, and lived in their own
houses. So there remained in Joseph’s house, Judas and James the Less, and my
virgin mother. I moreover dwelt along with them, not otherwise than if I had been
one of his sons. But I passed all my life without fault. Mary I called my mother, and
Joseph father, and I obeyed them in all that they said; nor did I ever contend against
them, but complied with their commands, as other men whom earth produces are
wont to do; nor did I at any time arouse their anger, or give any word or answer in
opposition to them. On the contrary, I cherished them with great love, like the pupil
of my eye.
12. It came to pass, after these things, that the death of that old man, the pious
Joseph, and his departure from this world, were approaching, as happens to other
men who owe their origin to this earth. And as his body was verging on dissolution,
an angel of the Lord informed him that his death was now close at hand. Therefore
fear and great perplexity came upon him. So he rose up and went to Jerusalem; and
going into the temple of the Lord, he poured out his prayers there before the
sanctuary, and said:
13. O God! Author of all consolation, God of all compassion, and Lord of the whole
human race; God of my soul, body, and spirit; with supplications I reverence thee, O
Lord and my God. If now my days are ended, and the time draws near when I must
leave this world, send me, I beseech Thee, the great Michael, the prince of Thy holy
angels: let him remain with me, that my wretched soul may depart from this afflicted
body without trouble, without terror and impatience. For great fear and intense
sadness take hold of all bodies on the day of their death, whether it be man or
woman, beast wild or tame, or whatever creeps on the ground or flies in the air. At
the last all creatures under heaven in whom is the breath of life are struck with
horror, and their souls depart from their bodies with strong fear and great depression.
Now therefore, O Lord and my God, let Thy holy angel be present with his help to my
soul and body, until they shall be dissevered from each other. And let not the face of
the angel, appointed my guardian from the day of my birth, be turned away from me;
but may he be the companion of my journey even until he bring me to Thee: let his
countenance be pleasant and gladsome to me, and let him accompany me in peace.
And let not demons of frightful aspect come near me in the way in which I am to go,
until I come to Thee in bliss. And let not the doorkeepers hinder my soul from
entering paradise. And do not uncover my sins, and expose me to condemnation
before Thy terrible tribunal. Let not the lions rush in upon me; nor let the waves of
the sea of fire overwhelm my soul — for this must every soul pass through — before I
have seen the glory of Thy Godhead. O God, most righteous Judge, who in justice and
equity wilt judge mankind, and wilt render unto each one according to his works, O
Lord and my God, I beseech Thee, be present to me in Thy compassion, and enlighten
my path that I may come to Thee; for Thou art a fountain overflowing with all good
things, and with glory for evermore. Amen.
14. It came to pass thereafter, when he returned to his own house in the city of
Nazareth, that he was seized by disease, and had to keep his bed. And it was at this
time that he died, according to the destiny of all mankind. For this disease was very
heavy upon him, and he had never been ill, as he now was, from the day of his birth.
And thus assuredly it pleased Christ to order the destiny of righteous Joseph. He
lived forty years unmarried; thereafter his wife remained under his care forty-nine
years, and then died. And a year after her death, my mother, the blessed Mary, was
entrusted to him by the priests, that he should keep her until the time of her
marriage. She spent two years in his house; and in the third year of her stay with
Joseph, in the fifteenth year of her age, she brought me forth on earth by a mystery
which no creature can penetrate or understand, except myself, and my Father and the
Holy Spirit, constituting one essence with myself.
15. The whole age of my father, therefore, that righteous old man, was one hundred
and eleven years, my Father in heaven having so decreed. And the day on which his
soul left his body was the twenty-sixth of the month Abib. For now the fine gold
began to lose its splendor, and the silver to be worn down by use — I mean his
understanding and his wisdom. He also loathed food and drink, and lost all his skill in
his trade of carpentry, nor
did he any more pay attention to it. It came to pass, then, in the early dawn of the
twenty-sixth day of Abib, that Joseph, that righteous old man, lying in his bed, was
giving up his unquiet soul. Wherefore he opened his mouth with many sighs, and
struck his hands one against the other, and with a loud voice cried out, and spoke
after the following manner:
16. Woe to the day on which I was born into the world! Woe to the womb which bare
me! Woe to the bowels which admitted me! Woe to the breasts which suckled me!
Woe to the feet upon which I sat and rested! Woe to the hands which carried me and
reared me until I grew up! For I was conceived in iniquity, and in sins did my mother
desire me. Woe to my tongue and my lips, which have brought forth and spoken
vanity, detraction, falsehood, ignorance, derision, idle tales, craft, and hypocrisy!
Woe to mine eyes, which have looked upon scandalous things! Woe to mine ears,
which have delighted in the words of slanderers! Woe to my hands, which have seized
what did not of right belong to them! Woe to my belly and my bowels, which have
lusted after food unlawful to be eaten! Woe to my throat, which like a fire has
consumed all that it found! Woe to my feet, which have too often walked in ways
displeasing to God! Woe to my body; and woe to my miserable soul, which has
already turned aside from God its Maker! What shall I do when I arrive at that place
where I must stand before the most righteous Judge, and when He shall call me to
account for the works which I have heaped up in my youth? Woe to every man dying
in his sins! Assuredly that same dreadful hour, which came upon my father Jacob,
when his soul was flying forth from his body, is now, behold, near at hand for me. Oh!
how wretched I am this day, and worthy of lamentation! But God alone is the
disposer of my soul and body; He also will deal with them after His own good
17. These are the words spoken by Joseph, that righteous old man. And I, going in
beside him, found his soul exceedingly troubled, for he was placed in great perplexity.
And I said to him: Hail! my father Joseph, thou righteous man; how is it with thee?
And he answered me: All hail! My well-beloved son. Indeed, the agony and fear of
death have already environed me; but as soon as I heard Thy voice, my soul was at
rest. O Jesus of Nazareth! Jesus, my Savior! Jesus, the deliverer of my soul! Jesus,
my protector! Jesus! O sweetest name in my mouth, and in the mouth of all those
that love it! O eye which seest, and ear which hearest, hear me! I am Thy servant;
this day I most humbly reverence Thee, and before Thy face I pour out my tears.
Thou art altogether my God; Thou art my Lord, as the angel has told me times
without number, and especially on that day when my soul was driven about with
perverse thoughts about the pure and blessed Mary, who was carrying Thee in her
womb, and whom I was thinking of secretly sending away. And while I was thus
meditating, behold, there appeared to me in my rest angels of the Lord, saying to me
in a wonderful mystery: O Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take Mary as thy
wife; and do not grieve thy soul, nor speak unbecoming words of her conception,
because she is with child of the Holy Spirit, and shall bring forth a son, whose name
shall be called Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. Do not for this
cause wish me evil, O Lord! for I was ignorant of the mystery of Thy birth. I call to
mind also, my Lord, that day when the boy died of the bite of the serpent. And his
relations wished to deliver Thee to Herod, saying that Thou hadst killed him; but
Thou didst raise him from the dead, and restore him to them. Then I went up to
Thee, and took hold of Thy hand, saying: My son, take care of thyself. But Thou didst
say to me in reply: Art thou not my father after the flesh? I shall teach thee who I
am. Now therefore, O Lord and my God, do not be angry with me, or condemn me on
account of that hour. I am Thy servant, and the son of Thine handmaiden; but Thou
art my Lord, my God and Savior, most surely the Son of God.
18. When my father Joseph had thus spoken, he was unable to weep more. And I saw
that death now had dominion over him. And my mother, virgin undefiled, rose and
came to me, saying: O my beloved son, this pious old man Joseph is now dying. And
I answered: Oh my dearest mother, assuredly upon all creatures produced in this
world the same necessity of death lies; for death holds sway over the whole human
race. Even thou, O my virgin mother, must look for the same end of life as other
mortals. And yet thy death, as also the death of this pious man, is not death, but life
enduring to eternity. Nay more, even I must die, as concerns the body which I have
received from thee. But rise, O my venerable mother, and go in to Joseph, that
blessed old man, in order that thou mayst see what will happen as his soul ascends
from his body.
19. My undefiled mother Mary, therefore, went and entered the place where Joseph
was. And I was sitting at his feet looking at him, for the signs of death already
appeared in his countenance. And that blessed old man raised his head, and kept his
eyes fixed on my face; but he had no power of speaking to me, on account of the
agonies of death, which held him in their grasp. But he kept fetching many sighs. And
I held his hands for a whole hour; and he turned his face to me, and made signs for
me not to leave him. Thereafter I put my hand upon his breast, and perceived his
soul now near his throat, preparing to depart from its receptacle.
20. And when my virgin mother saw me touching his body, she also touched his feet.
And finding them already dead and destitute of heat, she said to me: O my beloved
son, assuredly his feet are already beginning to stiffen, and they are as cold as snow.
Accordingly she summoned his sons and daughters, and said to them: Come, as many
as there are of you, and go to your father; for assuredly he is now at the very point of
death. And Assia, his daughter, answered and said: Woe’s me, O my brothers, this is
certainly the same disease that my beloved mother died of. And she lamented and
shed tears; and all Joseph’s other children mourned along with her. I also, and my
mother Mary, wept along with them.
21. And turning my eyes towards the region of the south, I saw Death already
approaching, and all Gehenna with him, closely attended by his army and his
satellites; and their clothes, their faces, and their mouths poured forth flames. And
when my father Joseph saw them coming straight to him, his eyes dissolved in tears,
and at the same time he groaned after a strange manner. Accordingly, when I saw
the vehemence of his sighs, I drove back Death and all the host of servants which
accompanied him. And I called upon my good Father, saying: —
22. O Father of all mercy, eye which seest, and ear which hearest, hearken to my
prayers and supplications in behalf of the old man Joseph; and send Michael, the
prince of Thine angels, and Gabriel, the herald of light, and all the light of Thine
angels, and let their whole array walk with the soul of my father Joseph, until they
shall have conducted it to Thee. This is the hour in which my father has need of
compassion. And I say unto you, that all the saints, yea, as many men as are born in
the world, whether they be just or whether they be perverse, must of necessity taste
of death.
23. Therefore Michael and Gabriel came to the soul of my father Joseph, and took it,
and wrapped it in a shining wrapper. Thus he committed his spirit into the hands of
my good Father, and He bestowed upon him peace. But as yet none of his children
knew that he had fallen asleep. And the angels preserved his soul from the demons
of darkness which were in the way, and praised God even until they conducted it into
the dwelling-place of the pious.
24. Now his body was lying prostrate and bloodless; wherefore I reached forth my
hand, and put right his eyes and shut his mouth, and said to the virgin Mary: O my
mother, where is the skill which he showed in all the time that he lived in this world?
Lo! it has perished, as if it had never existed. And when his children heard me
speaking with my mother, the pure virgin, they knew that he had already breathed his
last, and they shed tears, and lamented. But I said to them: Assuredly the death of
your father is not death, but life everlasting: for he has been freed from the troubles
of this life, and has passed to perpetual and everlasting rest. When they heard these
words, they rent their clothes, and wept.
25. And, indeed, the inhabitants of Nazareth and of Galilee, having heard of their
lamentation, flocked to them, and wept from the third hour even to the ninth. And at
the ninth hour they all went together to Joseph’s bed. And they lifted his body, after
they had anointed it with costly unguents. But I entreated my Father in the prayer of
the celestials — that same prayer which with any own hand I made before I was
carried in the womb of the virgin Mary, my mother. And as soon as I had finished it,
and pronounced the amen, a great multitude of angels came up; and I ordered two of
them to stretch out their shining garments, and to wrap in them the body of Joseph,
the blessed old man.
26. And I spoke to Joseph, and said: The smell or corruption of death shall not have
dominion over thee, nor shall a worm ever come forth from thy body. Not a single
limb of it shall be broken, nor shall any hair on thy head be changed. Nothing of thy
body shall perish, O my father Joseph, but it will remain entire and uncorrupted even
until the banquet of the thousand years. And whosoever shall make an offering on
the day of thy remembrance, him will I bless and recompense in the congregation of
the virgins; and whosoever shall give food to the wretched, the poor, the widows, and
orphans from the work of his hands, on the day on which thy memory shall be
celebrated, and in thy name, shall not be in want of good things all the days of his
life. And whosoever shall have given a cup of water, or of wine, to drink to the widow
or orphan in thy name, I will give him to thee, that thou mayst go in with him to the
banquet of the thousand years. And every man who shall present an offering on the
day of thy commemoration will I bless and recompense in the church of the virgins:
for one I will render unto him thirty, sixty, and a hundred. And whosoever shall write
the history of thy life, of thy labor, and thy departure from this world, and this
narrative that has issued from my mouth, him shall I commit to thy keeping as long
as he shall have to do with this life. And when his soul departs from the body, and
when he must leave this world, I will bum the book of his sins, nor will I torment him
with any punishment in the day of judgment; but he shall cross the sea of flames,
and shall go through it without trouble or pain. And upon every poor man who can
give none of those things which I have mentioned this is incumbent: viz., if a son is
born to him, he shall call his name Joseph. So there shall not take place in that
house either poverty or any sudden death forever.
27. Thereafter the chief men of the city came together to the place where the body of
the blessed old man Joseph had been laid, bringing with them burial-clothes; and
they wished to wrap it up in them after the manner in which the Jews are wont to
arrange their dead bodies. And they perceived that he kept his shroud fast; for it
adhered to the body in such a way, that when they wished to take it off, it was found
to be like iron — impossible
to be moved or loosened. Nor could they find any ends in that piece of linen, which
struck them with the greatest astonishment. At length they carried him out to a place
where there was a cave, and opened the gate, that they might bury his body beside
the bodies of his fathers. Then there came into my mind the day on which he walked
with me into Egypt, and that extreme trouble which he endured on my account.
Accordingly, I
bewailed his death for a long time; and lying upon his body, I said: —
28. O Death! who makest all knowledge to vanish away, and raisest so many tears
and lamentations, surely it is God my Father Himself who hath granted thee this
power. For men die for the transgression of Adam and his wife Eve, and Death spares
not so much as one. Nevertheless, nothing happens to any one, or is brought upon
him, without the command of my Father. There have certainly been men who have
prolonged their life even to nine hundred years; but they died. Yea, though some of
them have lived longer, they have, notwithstanding, succumbed to the same fate; nor
has any one of them ever said : I have not tasted death. For the Lord never sends
the same punishment more than once, since it hath pleased my Father to bring it
upon men. And at the very moment when it, going forth, beholds the command
descending to it from heaven, it says: I will go forth against that man, and will
greatly move him. Then, without delay, it makes an onset on the soul, and obtains
the mastery of it, doing with it whatever it will. For, because Adam did not the will of
my Father, but transgressed His commandment, the wrath of my Father was kindled
against him, and He doomed him to death; and thus it was that death came into the
world. But if Adam had observed my Father’s precepts, death would never have fallen
to his lot. Think you that I can ask my good Father to send me a chariot of fire, which
may take up the body of my father Joseph, and convey it to the place of rest, in order
that it may dwell with the spirits? But on account of the transgression of Adam, that
trouble and violence of death has descended upon all the human race. And it is for
this cause that I must die according to the flesh, for my work which I have created,
that they may obtain grace.
29. Having thus spoken, I embraced the body of my father Joseph, and wept over it;
and they opened the door of the tomb, and placed his body in it, near the body of his
father Jacob. And at the time when he fell asleep he had fulfilled a hundred and
eleven years. Never did a tooth in his mouth hurt him, nor was his eyesight rendered
less sharp, nor his body bent, nor his strength impaired; but he worked at his trade of
a carpenter to the very
last day of his life; and that was the six-and-twentieth of the month Abib.
30. And we apostles, when we heard these things from our Savior, rose up joyfully,
and prostrated ourselves in honor of Him, and said: O our Savior, show us Thy grace.
Now indeed we have heard the word of life: nevertheless we wonder, O our Savior, at
the fate of Enoch and Elias, inasmuch as they had not to undergo death. For truly
they dwell in the habitation of the righteous even to the present day, nor have their
bodies seen corruption. Yet that old man Joseph the carpenter was, nevertheless, Thy
father after the flesh. And Thou hast ordered us to go into all the world and preach
the holy Gospel; and Thou hast said: Relate to them the death of my father Joseph,
and celebrate to him with annual solemnity a festival and sacred day. And whosoever
shall take anything away from this narrative, or add anything to it, commits sin. We
wonder especially that Joseph, even from that day on which Thou wast born in
Bethlehem, called Thee his son after the flesh. Wherefore, then, didst Thou not make
him immortal as well as them, and Thou sayest that he was righteous and chosen?
31. And our Savior answered and said: Indeed, the prophecy of my Father upon Adam,
for his disobedience, has now been fulfilled. And all things are arranged according to
the will and pleasure of my Father. For if a man rejects the commandment of God,
and follows the works of the devil by committing sin, his life is prolonged; for be is
preserved in order that he may perhaps repent, and reflect that he must be delivered
into the hands of death. But if any one has been zealous of good works, his life also
is prolonged, that, as the fame of his old age increases, upright men may imitate
him. But when you see a man whose mind is prone to anger, assuredly his days are
shortened; for it is these that are taken away in the flower of their age. Every
prophecy, therefore, which my Father has
pronounced concerning the sons of men, must be fulfilled in every particular. But with
reference to Enoch and Elias, and how they remain alive to this day, keeping the
same bodies with which they were born; and as to what concerns my father Joseph,
who has not been allowed as well as they to remain in the body: indeed, though a
man live in the world many myriads of years, nevertheless at some time or other he
is compelled to exchange life for death. And I say to you, O my brethren, that they
also, Enoch and Elias, must towards the end of time return into the world and die —
in the day, namely, of commotion, of terror, of perplexity, and affliction. For Antichrist
will slay four bodies, and will pour out their blood like water, because of the reproach
to which they shall expose him, and the ignominy with which they, in their lifetime,
shall brand him when
they reveal his impiety.
32. And we said: O our Lord, our God and Savior, who are those four whom Thou hast
said Antichrist will cut off from the reproach they bring upon him? The Lord answered:
They are Enoch, Elias, Schila, and Tabitha. When we heard this from our Savior, we
rejoiced and exulted; and we offered all glory and thanksgiving to the Lord God, and
our Savior Jesus Christ. He it is to whom is due glory, honor, dignity, dominion,
power, and praise, as well as to the good Father with Him, and to the Holy Spirit that
giveth life, henceforth and in all time for evermore. Amen.
[1] The History of Saint Joseph the Carpenter - Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 8.