“The house of Nazareth is a school of prayer where we learn to listen, to meditate, to penetrate the deepest meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, drawing our example from Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
“The Holy Family is an icon of the domestic Church, which is called to pray together. The family is the first school of prayer where, from their infancy, children learn to perceive God thanks to the teaching and example of their parents. An authentically Christian education cannot neglect the experience of prayer. If we do not learn to pray in the family, it will be difficult to fill this gap later. I would, then, like to invite people to rediscover the beauty of praying together as a family, following the school of the Holy Family of Nazareth“. Pope Benedict 2011
JESUS, Son of God and Son of Mary, bless our family with your love, peace and joy. Graciously inspire in us the unity, peace, and mutual love that you found in your own family in Nazareth.
MARY, Mother of Jesus and Our Mother, nourish our family with your faith and your love. Wrap all families in your Heavenly mantle and place them in the heart of your Son, Jesus, in all our sorrows and joys.
JOSEPH, Foster-father to Jesus, guardian and spouse of Mary, keep our family safe from harm. Help us in all times of discouragement or anxiety.
HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH, make our family one with you. Help us to be instruments of peace. Grant that love, strengthened by grace, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass. May we always have God at the centre of our hearts and homes until we are all one family, happy and at peace in our true home with you. Amen.
Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph, I love you, save souls, save Priest’s souls.
HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH PRAY FOR HOLINESS IN ALL FAMILIES. AMEN.