Sunday, January 07, 2007

Feast of the Holy Family


May the Blessings of the Most Blessed Trinity be upon Thee and Thy family.

May we, through the example of the Most Holy Family, sanctify our family lives, living as Jesus taught, loving and forgiving.

From the part of the Introit of today's mass, a very favourite Psalm of mine,

How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. Gloria Patri . . . Ps. 83:2,3

Quam dilecta tabernacula tua, Domine virtutum: concupiscit et deficit anima mea, in atria Domini.

and this, from the Gradual of the mass today:

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house, O Lord, they shall praise Thee for ever and ever. Ps. 26:4, 83:5

Unam petii a Domino, hanc requiram: ut inhabitem in domo Domini omnibus diebus vitae meae. Beati qui habitant in domo tua, Domine, in saecula saeculorum laudabunt te.

Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus. :)

A little write up on the Feast Day today, taken from the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal:

The special devotion which sets forth the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue for all Christian households began in the seventeenth century. It commenced almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family being founded in Montreal in 1663, and the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674. Numerous other congrgations and associations under the patronage of the Holy Family have been established since that time, and they are spread over the world. The archconfraternity was established by Pius IX in 1847. In 1893 Leo XIII approved a feast for Canada, and Benedict XV extended the Feast of the Holy Family to the whole Church and ordered its celebration to take place on the Sunday after the Epiphany.

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee, Save Souls!

Cor Jesu sacratissimum, Miserere nobis,

Mater Dei Genitrix, Ora pro nobis,

Sancte Josephe, Ora pro nobis.



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