Updated: Jan 17, 2020
This is a setting of the Lauds hymn for the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1. It may be sung alternatim with the traditional Gregorian chant. St. Pius X says that a liturgy with only Gregorian chant in no way diminishes that liturgy's solemnity. I like to think that the monophonic lines of the chant contrasted with the polyphonic verses give the chant a more pointed silence that is conducive to prayer.
premiered May 19, 2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
Directed by the ever-trustworthy Joe Dalimata, FSSP, assistant polyphonic director of our OLGS Choir
Thanks to Rev. Ralph Oballo, FSSP for filming, and the OLGS Choir
TRANSLATION: O dawn announcing the sun Beginning the month of flowering; The workman's resounding hammer Salutes the home at Nazareth. Hail, head of the household Beneath whom is the supreme Artificer; Who, bedewed with salty sweat, Exercises his father's trade. He was placed on a high seat nearest to his Noble Spouse; be near now to all thy clients who are troubled by indigency. Strength and strife be absent! and all defrauding of wages; May copious nourishment of food be limited only by moderation. O Trinity, O Unity, by the prayers of Joseph; Direct in peace all our steps and our path. Amen. Translation: www.divinumofficium.org