FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Today is the feast day of the Holy Family, but also every family`s feast
day, since the Holy Family is the patron and model of all Christian
families. Today should be a huge family feast, since it is devoted
entirely to the Holy Family as a model for the Christian family life.
The devotion to the Holy Family was born in Bethlehem, together with
the Baby Jesus. The shepherds went to adore the Child and, at the same
time, they gave honor to His family. Later, in a similar way, the three
wise men came from the East to adore and give honor to the newborn
King with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh that would be
safeguarded by His family.
O God, who were pleased to
give us the shining example of
the Holy Family, graciously
grant that we may imitate them
in practicing the virtues of fam-
ily life and in the bonds of
charity, and so, in the joy of
your house, delight one day in
eternal rewards. Through our
Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.