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Sunday Evening


Feast of the Holy Family


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.





Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the lowly house at Nazareth — the greatest holiness in the humblest living conditions. Between the events which marked our Saviour’s birth and the beginning of His public life the Church has seen fit to recall each year this great example which Christian families have ever taken as their inspiration and which will always remain the sanctification of family life, and its example.

The Church proposes for our imitation the virtues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in their hidden and humble life at Nazareth, especially the subjection of the Son of God, throughout His earthly life, by obedience to Mary and Joseph.


Acclamations For Reflection


At this time the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy, Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.


Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.

  • After three days, they found Jesus in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
  • The mother of Jesus said to Him, “Son, why have you done so to us? Behold, Your Father and I have been seeking You sorrowing.


  • And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.
  • Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.



  • And they said, “Where did He get this wisdom and these miracles?
    Is not this the carpenter’s son?

Psalm 110 [111]

Prayer of Thanksgiving

I will thank the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the just and in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord, worthy of study for all who love them.

Splendid and glorious in his work; and his justice abides forever.

He has left a memorial of his wonders; merciful and kind is the Lord.

He has given food to those who fear him; he will be mindful forever of his covenant.

He has shown his powerful works to, in giving them possession of the nations.


Trustworthy and just are the works of his hands; grounded in truth are all his precepts.

Established forever and ever, based on truth and equity.

He has sent deliverance to his people he has established his covenant forever; holy is his name and worthy of reverence.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, prudent is the conduct of all who practice it; his praise abides forever.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Psalm 133 [134]

Exhortation to the Night Watch To Bless the Lord.


Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.



Reading —Colossians 3: 12 — 17


The authentic atmosphere of a profoundly Christian life
is made up of kindness, charity, mutual comprehension,
prayer and thanksgiving and joy in the Holy Spirit


Brethren: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience. Bear with one another and forgive one another, if anyone has a grievance against any other; even as the Lord has forgiven you, so also do you forgive. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts; unto the peace, indeed, you were called in one body. Show yourselves thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly: in all wisdom teach and admonish one another by psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing in your hearts to God by His grace. Whatever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles



Sunday Evening


O venerable house of Nazareth, favoured in being the home of people so hospitable, yours it was to foster and to introduce to men the loving beginnings of the Church.

The golden sun looks down on the countries far below, but in all its time it has seen nothing more pleasing, nothing holier than this house.

Messengers come constantly from the court of heaven; they visit, revisit, and pay honour to this hidden retreat of holiness.

How carefully and skillfully Jesus carries out His Father’s wishes, and how joyfully Mary delights to perform her duties as mother.

And always Joseph is at her side to share her loving responsibilities, while Jesus, from whom all virtue comes, is ever gratefully strengthening the bonds of love between them.

The love of Mary for Joseph and that of Joseph for Mary unite in their love for Jesus, and He rewards them both for their love of each other.

May it happen to us in like fashion that love be the unbroken bond of our life, promote family peace and bring comfort in life’s sorrows.

To You, Jesus, who made Yourself obedient to Your parents, may glory be forever, and likewise to the Father most high and to the Spirit. Amen


Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55


Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41—45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” — to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.


But Mary kept in mind all these words, pondering them in her heart.


My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him. —

He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.


He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away. —

He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

(As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


But Mary kept in mind all these words, pondering them in her heart.


The Lord’s Prayer



Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.




Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.





Lord Jesus Christ, obeying Mary and Joseph Your consecrated family life with admirable virtues. Grant that with the help of both of them we may learn from the example of Your holy Family and so become a part of it for eternity. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.




V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.


May the all powerful and merciful
Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.


Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection