FEAST* of the HOLY FAMILY of
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
*The Sunday between Christmas and New Year's Day.
If both are Sundays, the feast is celebrated on December 30.
A Prayer to The Holy Family, for Assistance
Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph,
didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues;
grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example
of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship.
Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph had only one life, one purpose:
To glorify the Heavenly Father. That is what we also must want.
To achieve it, we have to enter into union with Mary and Joseph, share their life - family life, the intimate interior life of which God alone is secret.
What happiness to be called to this life. Our love will consist in living with Mary and Joseph on the love of Jesus Eucharistic.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard
"The family has the mission to
guard, reveal and communicate love,
and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God’s love for humanity
and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church, His bride.
Every particular task of the family is an expression
and concrete actuation of that fundamental mission.” - St John Paul II
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
533 The hidden life at
The home of
is the school where we begin to
understand the life of Jesus - the school of the Gospel. First, then, a lesson
of silence. May esteem for silence, that admirable and indispensable
condition of mind, revive in us. . . A lesson on family life. May Nazareth teach us what
family life is, its communion of love, its austere and simple beauty,
and its sacred and inviolable character... A lesson of work.
Nazareth , home
of the "Carpenter's Son", in you I would choose to understand and proclaim the
severe and redeeming law of human work. . . To conclude, I want to greet all the
workers of the world, holding up to them their great pattern their brother who
is God. (Pope Paul VI at Nazareth, January 5, 1964) Nazareth
534 The finding of Jesus in the temple is the only event that breaks the silence of the Gospels about the hidden years of Jesus (Lk 2: 41-52). Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to a mission that flows from His divine Sonship: "Did you not know that I must be about my Father's work?" (Lk 2:49) Mary and Joseph did not understand these words, but they accepted them in faith. Mary "kept all these things in her heart" during the years Jesus remained hidden in the silence of an ordinary life.
Holy Family of
Nazareth, help us to willingly enter
the hidden life of Nazareth, the , that allows us to enter into
fellowship with Jesus by the most ordinary events of daily life. Holy Family of
school of Nazareth , pray
for us. Amen. Nazareth
Holy Family of Nazareth, pray for us!
Perhaps a 2015 resolution might include resuming or beginning the practice of writing/typing JMJ (Jesus, Mary, Joseph) atop or at the close of your papers (emails) of correspondence.
It symbolically illustrates a worldview, a mindset that reminds that we follow an example,
a way that is sanctified and greater than ourselves.