27 December 2009

Feast of the Holy Family

27 DECEMBER 2009.Today, the third day in the Octave of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. The Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas.

Today's readings can be found here.

The Feast of the Holy Family  honors the family of Christ--Our Lord with the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, Christ's father on earth. The feast was first promulgated by Pope Leo XIII in 1893. The veneration of the Holy Family formally began in the seventeenth century and was promoted by Msgr. Francois de Laval, a Canadian bishop that help found the confraternity of Holy Family.

The Feast of the Holy Family is about modeling our human families on the picture of love found in the family of Christ. His Mother, our Mother, is the exemplar of Christian love, giving her very being and total life for the love of Jesus, her Son and Our Lord. Saint Joseph is the image of fatherly love and faith in God Our Father.


We look to Your loving guidance and order
as the pattern of all family life.
By following the example of the holy family
of your Son in mutual love and respect,
may we come to the joy of our home in heaven.


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