Friday, December 30, 2011

Feast of the Holy Family

Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Honolulu

"At the very outset of Christ's work on earth, God showed the world a family in which, as Pope Leo XIII teaches, 'all men might behold a perfect model of domestic life, and of all virtue and holiness.' The harmony, unity, and holiness which characterized this holy Family make it the model for all Christian families."

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph most kind,
Bless us now and in death's agony.

Prayer for the Protection of the Holy Family

Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, ever to follow the example of Thy holy Family, that in the hour of our death Thy glorious Virgin Mother together with blessed Joseph may come to meet us and we may be worthily received by Thee into everlasting dwellings: who livest and reignest world without end. - Roman Missal

Consecration to the Holy Family

O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou defend us, guard us, and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace, and concord in Christian love; in order that, by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Thy family, we may be able, all of us, without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.

Mary,d ear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by thy kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.

O Saint Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by they prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities; that so we may be enable to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.

In Honor of the Holy Family

O God, heavenly Father, it was part of Thine eternal decree that Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, should form a holy family with Mary, His blessed mother, and His foster father, Saint Joesph. In Nazareth home life was sanctified, and a perfect example was given to ever Christian family. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may fully comprehend and faithfully imitate the virtues of the Holy Family so that we may be united with them one day in their heavenly glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Prayer Book


noreen said...

Hi Esther, beautiful prayers to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Esther G. said...

Thank you Noreen. Happy New Year and I hope you are having a blessed Christmas.