The Holy Family
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
O come, let us adore him!
Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Reading: Colossians 3:12-17 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Reading: Psalm 128:1-5 (NLT)
How joyful are those who fear the Lord—all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him.
May the Lord continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
Reading: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 (NLT)
After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”
When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”
So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called a Nazarene.”
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who became son in a human family: bless our families.
+ Jesus, eternal Word of the Father, you lived under the authority of Mary and Joseph; teach us to walk the path of humility.
+ Mary kept in her heart all that you said and did; teach us the spirit of contemplation.
+ Christ, yours was the strength that shaped the universe, yet you came to learn the tasks of a carpenter; teach us to see our work as a sharing in yours.
+ You advanced in wisdom and in favor with God and men; teach us to live to the full in you and to build up your body in faith and love.
God our Father, in the Holy Family of Nazareth you have given us the true model of a Christian home. Grant that by following Jesus, Mary and Joseph in their love for each other and in the example of their family life, we may come to your home of peace and joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
“Out of Egypt” – House of Israel
You must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…. Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holly Spirit. Amen!
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