Special Occasions

Hymn for the Feast of St Joseph

Metre: 87 87Sussex

Joseph called to be Christ’s father,
Guardian strong in hillside town;
Rough hewn wood by hands well crafted
Shaped God’s life for Calvary’s crown.

David’s son returned to Bethlem
Where the Virgin bore a child
By God’s plan they fled to Egypt
From King Herod’s temper wild.

In love’s plan we see St Joseph
Caring, guiding, life unknown:
Rears the child to save all people –
Nurtured, safe, till fully grown.

By his prayers our lives are strengthened,
And the Church’s unity
Formed by Spirit, Jesus’ body,
In God’s holy family.

© Neil Thompson 2012