Sunday, January 11, 2009

On the Feast of the Holy Family

Consecration of the Family to the Holy Family

O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, Who having come to enlighten the world with Your teaching and example, willed to pass the greater part of Your life humbly and in subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously take to Yourself our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to You this day. Defend us, guard us, and establish among us Your holy fear, true peace, and harmony in Christian love; in order that by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Your family all of us without exception may be able to attain to eternal happiness.

Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and our Mother, by your kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.

O Saint Joseph, most holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, help us by your prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and you for all eternity."
Absolutely perfect reading for the feast today and through the week, is this online re-print of the book The Family of Families, by Fr. Francis L. Filas, SJ
Read it! Read it! It's wonderful!
(Book info: copyright Bruce Publishing Co. 1947, Imprimi Potest: Leo D. Sullivan, S.J., Praepositus Provincialis Provinciae ChicagiensisNihil obstat: Joannes A. Schulien, S.T.D., Censor librorumImprimatur: Moyses E. Koley, Archiepiscopus Milwaukiensis Die 15 Januarii, 1947)