The Solemn Espousals of Our Lady and Saint Joseph (1 B.C.)

This marriage of Our Blessed Lady and her virginal spouse took place when he was thirty and when she was fourteen years, four months and fifteen days old. Their first espousals (their engagement) took place on the previous September 8, Our Lady’s birthday. These espousals were arranged by the providence of God so that the virginal Mother of the Eternal God might have a virginal husband who would care for her and protect her Divine Child. Saint Joseph died when he was sixty years old, in the year 29 A.D. Our Lady died when she was seventy-two years old, in the year 58 A.D. Both of them are now, in soul and in body, in Heaven, along with Jesus, the third member of the Holy Family.