In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
Through your grace O Lord, may we strive to follow the example of the Holy Family, to live in love for those closest to us, to always respond to their love, and to provide mutual support and comfort.
Read from the Gospel of St Luke 2:22-40:
‘…my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel’.
Christ is at the heart of the family, which is at the heart of the Church.
Pope Francis tells us:
‘The birth of a child awakens joy and wonder; it sets before us the great mystery of life. Seeing the bright eyes of a young couple gazing at their newborn child, we can understand the feelings of Mary and Joseph who, as they looked at the Infant Jesus, sensed God’s presence in their lives.
We pray for all families especially those who are experiencing difficulties at this time. We pray for victims of domestic abuse.
O God, we thank you for the Holy Family. May we in our own family, imitate them in lives of faith, hope and love, and so come to share in their company for ever.
Gather around your Crib to say this blessing: “God of all creation, you sent your Son Jesus, born of Mary, to be our Saviour, who brings us peace and joy. Lord, bless all who gaze upon this crib. Through the prayers of Mary and Joseph, may we always raise our thoughts to Jesus, our Emmanuel, who lives and reigns for ever. Amen”