Look Down to Us Saint Joseph / Saint Joseph be our Guide

This hymn about St Joseph was written by American at-the-time Roman Catholic (Sulpician) priest and later historian, academic and war correspondent, Michael Valentine Gannon (1927–2017).

It was originally published in 1964, and then included in the American People's Mass Book released by World Library Publications in 1966.
 
With meter 7.6.7.6 D, tunes it has been set to include:
  • HOLLAND, 1539
  • AUREILA
Image from Sagrada Familia del pajarita,
Bartolom√© Esteban Murillo (1617–1682)



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Examples

Sung as part of the Divine Office, unaccompanied:


Singer, unaccompanied:


Lyrics

Look down to us, Saint Joseph,
Protector of Our Lord,
Who followed you through deserts,
And gave you blessed reward;
Our foes are yet about us,
Be strength now at our side,
Be light against the darkness.
Saint Joseph, be our guide!

We venerate your justice,
The gospels praise your name,
You are the saint, all humble,
Who gained eternal fame;
In your devoted family
Our souls in trust confide,
Direct our way to heaven.
Saint Joseph, be our guide.

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Look down to us, Saint Joseph,
Protector of Our Lord,
Who followed you through deserts,
And gave you blessed reward;
Our foes are yet about us,
Be strength now at our side,
Be light against the darkness.
Saint Joseph, be our guide!

We venerate your justice,
The gospels praise your name,
You are the saint all humble,
Who gained eternal fame;
In your devoted family
Our souls in trust confide,
Direct our way to heaven.
Saint Joseph, be our guide.

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