Joseph be our Guide and Pattern

This hymn of petition to Joseph was written by Canadian, Anglican children's book author and artist, and associate of the Sisters of St. John the Divine, Muriel E Newton-White (1928-2011) - ref

It was published in the first Catholic Book of Worship (Canada) in 1972, and is also in the 1980 edition, and GIA Publication's Worship III  (but not Worship IV).

With meter 87.87.87, tunes it has been set to include
  • ORIEL by Caspar Ett (1788-1847) from Cantica Sacra, Munich 1840 - this is the tune used in the Canadian book of Worship II (and likely I as well)
  • REGENT SQUARE (Smart) by Henry Thomas Smart (1866)
  • PICARDY, a French carol from the 17th century, composer unknown.
  • A so-far-unidentified tune, shown in the Soundcloud version below

It has been translated to Latvian and and the score for this is available at http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/5/50/DziesmaSvJazepam.pdf


Downloads


Examples

TBA



Singer with guitar, tune to be advised:


Unaccompanied singer, tune PICARDY:


Lyrics

1. Joseph, be our guide and pattern,
Faithful to your sacred trust,
Strong protector of the Virgin
And the infant, Jesus Christ,
Joseph, firm and faithful, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

2. Faithful to the guiding vision,
List'ning to the angel's word;
Shielding Mary from all slander,
Guarding Christ, both Son and Lord,
Joseph, true and trusting, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

3. Leading them through many dangers
To the home in Nazareth,
Humbly for their needs providing
In your wise and steadfast faith,
Joseph, brave, obedient, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

4 Workman skilled with saw and hammer,
Strong to earn the daily bread,
From the gifts of God's creating
Useful things to meet man's need.
Joseph strong and steadfast guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

5 Training Christ, the growing Master,
In the skilful use of tools;
Teaching him, the world's redeemer,
Craftsman's love of wood and nails.
Joseph humble, helpful, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

6 Joseph chosen as our patron
In this dear and lovely land,
Hear us as we sing your praises;
Pray for us to God our Lord.
Joseph, just and holy, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

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1. Joseph, be our guide and pattern,
Faithful to your sacred trust,
Strong protector of the Virgin
And the infant, Jesus Christ,
Joseph, firm and faithful, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

2. Faithful to the guiding vision,
List'ning to the angel's word;
Shielding Mary from all slander,
Guarding Christ, both Son and Lord,
Joseph, true and trusting, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

3. Leading them through many dangers
To the home in Nazareth,
Humbly for their needs providing
In your wise and steadfast faith,
Joseph, brave, obedient, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

4 Workman skilled with saw and hammer,
Strong to earn the daily bread,
From the gifts of God's creating
Useful things to meet man's need.
Joseph strong and steadfast guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

5 Training Christ, the growing Master,
In the skilful use of tools;
Teaching him, the world's redeemer,
Craftsman's love of wood and nails.
Joseph humble, helpful, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

6 Joseph chosen as our patron
In this dear and lovely land,
Hear us as we sing your praises;
Pray for us to God our Lord.
Joseph, just and holy, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.

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