The Holy Foster Father

san Jose

A 17th century santo de bulto, located on the second level, third statue from the left of the main altar main altar retablo, the Saint Joseph is clothed in green full tunic and swathed in ocher cloak. He is shown bearing a long staff or rod, typical of the saint’s iconography. In some artworks, the staff is replaced with stalks of lily.

The lily and the wooden rod are attributes mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew and apocryphal Protoevangelium of James.

Up to the period of mature baroque, Saint Joseph was depicted as a balding old man with fully bearded features in most artworks. Though his age was not mentioned in any of the Scriptures, he is often portrayed as an aged man. After this period, representations of age changed to a more youthful, invigorated facial attributes.

Notice the difference of age representation shown in the two photos. The image on the left is the statue located in the retablo dated between 1668-1702 while the on on the right is a new processional image of Silang.

Joseph  | יוֹסֵף‎ |Yosef | Ἰωσήφ | Ioséphi  is the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus and the honored foster father of the Messiah. Based on apocrphal sources, he is believed to be born in Bethlehem in 90BC and died in 18 AD in Nazareth. The date of his death predated the years of Jesus’ active ministry.

March 19 is the feast of Saint Joseph.

Photo credits.

(C) Personal Collection

(C) Alec Cymon Bedua Toledo, A new image under the custody of Silang’s laity is usually part of the festive procession.