Hymns for St. Joseph's Day

St. Joseph’s Day will be celebrated on March 19th, and in case you’d like some hymns for the occasion, here are two which are set to tunes that are very familiar to most of us. Feel free to use them if you’d like to. And remember the Holy Father in a special way — it's his name day.

Holy Joseph, Intercessor,
Unto thee God’s children sing;
Be our Patron and Protector,
To God’s throne our praises bring.

Faithful Spouse of faithful Virgin,
Lover of God’s purity;
From thy worthy place in heaven,
Pray that we may faithful be.

Guardian of the Word Incarnate,
Silent guide of God’s own Son;
Guard our hearts and lead us onward
To the life that Christ has won.

Humble man in lofty station,
God has shed His grace on thee;
Pray such grace to us be given,
That we live eternally.

Text: Fr. Christopher G. Phillips, 1991
Music: "Stuttgart" adapted by C. F. Witt, 1715

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Blesséd Joseph, Guardian mild,
Who didst love the Holy Child,
Show thy love to us who pray,
Shield us from all harm this day:
Foster-father of the Word,
Keep us close to Christ our Lord.

Great Saint Joseph, Patron bold
Of the Church from days of old,
Give us courage strong and new,
To proclaim God’s Gospel true:
Foster-father of the Word,
Keep us close to Christ our Lord.

He whom thou didst guide in youth,
We receive in very truth;
In this Sacrament of love,
We are one with thee above:
Foster-father of the Word,
Keep us one with Christ our Lord!

Text: Fr. Christopher G. Phillips 1992
Tune: “Bread of Heaven” by William D. Maclagan, 1875

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About Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

4 thoughts on “Hymns for St. Joseph's Day

  1. Father, all your hymns are so beautiful! Truly combining the best of Anglican Patrimony (music) with reverent, devout and poetic Catholic words. It would be a real blessing if we could have access to all your work. Would you consider putting together a collection of your hymns? In your spare time of course…. :)

  2. Don't quit, my firend. You were off to a good start in the early 90's. When you have nothing else to do, get out the pen and ink again. Tom+

  3. Surely "Austria" would be most appropriate for the first one — especially if you add a doxology to make it worth combining the verses.

    1. I suppose that's a matter of one's taste, Mr. Dante, although "Austria" is a bit of a barn-burner for those particular words. One of the advantages of "Stuttgart" is that it can be sung in a strong and forceful fashion, or it can be sung more quietly and in an almost contemplative way. Either way would work for this text, whereas "Austria" doesn't lend itself easily to that variety.

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