Some final considerations on the Akathistos hymn to St Joseph the Bethroted

As we have been seeing the Akathistos hymn to St Joseph is certainly biblical. A persuasive example is the phrase which describes Joseph as righteous. This phrase is used some 26 times throughout the Akathistos hymn. Other details which give us the glimpse of the great internal struggle Joseph was going through in accepting Mary as his wife is to be found in the fourth ikos when it says: Having heard in the Scriptures of the Lord Who said: Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, Emmanuel, you did believe what was told to you by the angel, O righteous Joseph; and like a sealed book, wherein the Word was inscribed by the finger of the Father, you took Mary into your own house, and like a servant you waited upon her with fear and zeal.

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