November 23, 2012

Joseph of Nazareth

Painting by Guido Reni - Courtesy of Wikipedia

Joseph of Nazareth, first published in 1972 was written by Canadian Stephen Somerville. Composer and musician, he is the author of a number of hymns and psalm canticle settings. In the 1970's he was a member of the Advisory Board of the International Commission on English Liturgy (I.C.E.L.),  the body responsible for the translation of the original Latin Mass into the Novus Ordo Missae. He would eventually resign his post and become an outspoken critic of the New Mass. In 2004 he was suspended from the priesthood by the Archbishop of Toronto. In the Liturgy of the Hours, Joseph of Nazareth is used on the Feast of the Holy Family and on March 19th, the Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of the BVM. An alternative tune that can be used is the melody from Genevan 22, as featured in the following video.

Alternative Tune: Genevan 22 (non-instrumental)


  1. I found the tune here: :)

    1. Thanks for finding that. I have added that link to the post.


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