19/3: Feast of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church & of a Happy Death

The music video below is an instrumental only – the words to the hymn are posted for the benefit of those of us who love to sing this beautiful hymn in honour of the great Saint Joseph – but note, to sing the entire hymn, you’ll need to re-play the video half-way through…

Dear St. Joseph, pure and gentle,
Guardian of our Saviour child,
Treading with the virgin Mother
Egypts deserts rough and wild,

CHORUS
Hail St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
Blessed above all saints on high,
When the death-shades round us gather,
Teach, O teach us how to die (twice)

He who rested on Thy bosom,
Is by countless saints adored,
Prostrate angels in His presence,
Sing Hosannas to the Lord.

CHORUS
Hail St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
Blessed above all saints on high,
When the death-shades round us gather,
Teach, O teach us how to die (twice)

Now to thee no gift refusing,
Jesus stoops to hear thy prayer,
Then, dear saint from thy fair dwelling
Give to us a father’s care.

CHORUS
Hail St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
Blessed above all saints on high,
When the death-shades round us gather,
Teach, O teach us how to die (twice)

Dear St. Joseph, kind and loving,
stretch to us a helping hand,
Guide us through earth’s toils and sorrows,
Safely to the distant land.

CHORUS
Hail St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
Blessed above all saints on high,
When the death-shades round us gather,
Teach, O teach us how to die (twice)

Comment: 

We really ought to pray very hard today, to seek St Joseph’s powerful intercession as Patron of the Universal Church at this time of unprecedented and worsening scandal, adversely affecting the Faith of many Catholics, preventing those who are poorly instructed as well as those outside the Church from seeing her beauty and realising her God-given mission as unique custodian and preacher of religious truth and guardian of the moral order. St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us! 

As with all devotional threads, post your favourite stories about St Joseph, prayers, novenas, miracles, hymns.  

The story goes that a visiting Bishop brought some strictly enclosed nuns a large tub of ice-cream to share.  When the Mother Prioress protested that it was Lent, the Bishop replied: “Well, we need these wee breaks in Lent!”  I think that is even more true today, so – Catholic Truth bloggers and readers – enjoy some ice-cream to mark the Feast of St Joseph, as we celebrate this wee break in Lent!  

A very happy Feast of St Joseph to all our bloggers and visitors to this site. 

13 responses

    • Westminster Fly,

      That is a beautiful prayer and it’s the first time I’ve seen a statue of St Joseph wearing a crown. Thank you so much for posting that.

      There’s no need to apologise to “non-~English readers” – we’re all Catholics, that is more important than our nationality. Anyway, I love England and the English!

      Happy Feast of St Joseph to everyone!

  1. Editor

    I would love to be at Mass tonight but this 6.30 time is just too early to make it through rush hour traffic from where I live. It is so frustrating, and on the Feast of my special patron. The Holy Masses I’ve been deprived of since that crazy time change.

  2. What can I say about St. Joseph, he is just the most dependable intercessor, so powerful with God. My advice to all is to take your petitions to this great, great saint knowing that he will not fail you.

    Happy Feast day to all.

  3. Happy St Joseph’s day everyone!

    St Joseph is just THE most powerful intercessor – well, among the men anyway! Our Lady never fails me, I have to admit!

    This video tells the amazing story of the miraculous staircase at Santa Fe – I know it’s been posted on this blog before which is why I went to hunt for it, LOL! It shows St Joseph’s humility as well as his power.

  4. Happy Feast Day! I’ve a special devotion to St. Joseph and some of you may remember that we named our new house after him!

  5. Saint Joseph has always protected me and granted what I asked him…
    Happy feast of Saint Joseph to all the Catholic community of Scotland!

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