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Sunday Morning


Feast of the Holy Family


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

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.


Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

  • One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

    Happy they who dwell in Your house, O Lord! continually they praise You.

  • The Father of the Just will exult with glee; let your Father and mother have joy; let her who bore You exult.


  • The parents of Jesus took Him up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord.
  • How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord.



  • Jesus went down with them, and came to Nazareth and was subject to them.

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:


Come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

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.


From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.

Happy are the blameless in life’s way, who will walk in the law of the Lord.

Happy are those who observe his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart.

Who do no wrong, but walk in his ways.

You have given us your precepts to be zealously observed.

O that my conduct may be steadfast in observing your statutes.

Then I shall not be put to shame when I have regard for all your commandments.

How can a youth lead a pure life? By heeding your words.


I seek you with all my heart; let me not wander from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes…

I will meditate on your precepts, I will regard your ways.

I will take pleasure in your statutes: I will not forget your words.


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.


Reading — St. Luke 2: 42 — 52


At the age of twelve, entirely filled with the mystery of “his Father’s business”,
Jesus yet lived in whole-hearted obedience to Mary and Joseph.


When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. And after they had fulfilled the days, when they were returning, the Boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it. But thinking that He was in the caravan, they came a day’s journey before it occurred to them to look for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. And not finding Him, they  returned to Jerusalem in search of Him. And it came to pass after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who were listening to Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him, they were astonished. And His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done so to us? Behold, in sorrow Your father and I have been seeking You.” And He said to them, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” And they did not understand the word that He spoke to them. And Her went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and His mother kept all these things carefully in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn for Sunday Morning


Now are the holy temples filled with the beauteous light of lamps, the altar is garlanded and smoking censers with fragrant perfume pay their loving homage.

Surely then this would be a fitting occasion to honour in song the royal ancestry of the mighty Father’s Son; surely this the time to recall the glory of David’s house and the famous names of that race of old.

Nay, rather, a sweeter theme would be the lowly house at Nazareth and its slender resources; sweeter to tell again in song Jesus’ hidden life.

After many hardships the Child, under an Angel’s guidance, hastens back home — an exile from the distant banks of the Nile. Now safe under His father’s roof,

Jesus grows up in hidden seclusion, to be trained in Joseph’s lowly trade. He gives Himself of His own free choice to be Joseph’s companion in his work as a carpenter.

“Let sweat,” He said, “bathe My limbs before they drip with My outpoured blood. Let this penalty also be paid for the cleansing of man’s guilt.

The loving Mother sits beside her dear Son, the good wife by her husband, content if her loving attention can ease and comfort them in their weariness.

You who knew both work and toil and were acquainted with misfortune, help in their misery those whom poverty sore afflicts as they struggle against life’s hardships.

Take from the rich that proud contempt with which abundant wealth bedecks itself and make their souls to be unruffled, whatever the state of their fortunes. Look down with kindly countenance on all who call upon the Most High for help.

Glory and praise be to You, Jesus, for You give us the example of a holy life and now reign with the sovereign Father and the loving Spirit. Amen.


Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79


St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.


Enlighten us, Lord, by the example of Your Family, and guide our feet into the way of peace.


Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.


And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.


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.


# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.


Enlighten us, Lord, by the example of Your Family, and guide our feet into the way of peace.


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