FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY – ABC

Attn: Presiders:

Please convey to the CM and Organist if you plan to use the Optional Gloria as on page 2.

Otherwise, you may intone the GLORIA.

 

 

Greeting

Praised be God the Father
for sending his Son to be a part of the human family.
May the grace of God be with you and your family.

Introduction

God is Family.

God is Father, Son and Spirit.

By our Baptism we became adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus;

we are members of the Church – the family of God.

Today we celebrate the memory of the Holy Family of Nazareth –

– Jesus, Mary and Joseph. [pause]

Litany of Praise

Lord Jesus,
when you became a member of the human family you sanctified all families.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus,
you grew up in Nazareth and lived as the son of the local carpenter.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you accepted to live under the authority of Mary and Joseph.

Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God…..

Optional                         Feast of the Holy Family

 TODAY THE ANGELS

[This is designed to replace the GLORIA]

P. Today the angels sing in the heavens – sing with them!

Ay
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.             Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!          

P.      Today the shepherds come to Bethlehem – come with them!

Ay
Glory to God in the highest…. on earth.      Papuri sa Diyos….
sa kaitaasan!     

P. They search for and find Joseph and Mary and the newborn child –    search with them!

Ay
Glory to God in the highest…. on earth.                    Papuri sa Diyos….
sa kaitaasan!

P. They marvel and give glory to God for all that they have seen and heard –
give glory to God!

Ay        Glory to God in the highest…. on earth.                    Papuri sa Diyos…. sa kaitaasan!

 

                           ( Appropriate for Year A )                                                                                       

P.
Today Joseph and Mary and Jesus made their home in a town called Nazareth –    stay with them!

Ay
Glory to God in the highest…. on earth.                    Papuri sa Diyos….
sa kaitaasan!

 

   ( Appropriate for Year B )    

P.
Today Joseph and Mary present their child to the Lord in the temple of Jerusalem – present yourselves with him.

Ay
Glory to God in the highest…. on earth.                    Papuri sa Diyos….
sa kaitaasan!

 

( Appropriate for Year C )

P.
Today Mary and Joseph find their Son Jesus in the temple,
listening to the teachers and asking them questions – listen to him!

Ay
Glory to God in the highest…. on earth.                    Papuri sa Diyos….
sa kaitaasan!

Opening Prayer

 

A       ICEL – 1997
Loving God,
guardian of our homes,
when you entrusted your Son
to the care of Mary and Joseph,
you did not spare them the pains
that touch the life of every family.

Teach us to rely on your word,
that in our trials as in our joys
our families may be clothed in gentleness and patience
and united in love.

Make us ever thankful
for the blessings you give us
through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
in the splendor of eternal light,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

B       Prayers for SUNDAYS AND SEASONS
What love you have bestowed upon us,
O good and gracious God,
in letting us be called your children,
and in giving us your Son, Jesus,
to live as a child among us
in the family of Mary and Joseph!

Let all who seek the face of Christ find him,
not only here, in this house of prayer,
but in the households, large and small,
where your love is revealed
in our love for each other.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

For the Feast of the HOLY FAMILY, earlier editions of the Roman LECTIONARY contained one set of Readings for Year ABC and a separate Gospel for Years A, B and C.

The compilers had obviously searched the Scriptures and selected what they considered the most appropriate Readings for this feast.

 Later editions have introduced separate sets of Readings for Years A, B and C;
these seem less appropriate for the celebration of family life on Holy Family Sunday.

The CBCP has opted for the earlier version and this is displayed in the Ordo for Year A,B,C

 

First ReadingSirach 3 2-6, 12-14

 A reading from the book of Sirach

The Lord honors a father above his children,
and he confirms a mother’s right over her children.
Those who honor their father atone for sins,
and those who respect their mother
are like those who lay up treasure.
Those who honor their father
will have joy in their own children,
and when they pray they will be heard.
Those who respect their father will have long life,
and those who honor their mother obey the Lord.

My child, help your parents in their old age,
and do not grieve them as long as they live;
even if their minds fail, be patient with them;
because you have all your faculties do not despise them.
For kindness to your mother and father will not be forgotten,
and will be credited to you against your sins.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: ‘Let heaven rejoice..’ verses 2,5 & 6

Ref.
Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad; let all creation sing.
Let children proclaim through ev’ry land: “Hosanna to our King.”

  1. Rise in splendor, shake off your sleep, put on your robes of joy,
    And morning’s light will show to you the glory of the Lord.   Ref

6. Songs of angels, “Glory on high, and peace to all on earth.
I bear glad tidings: born this day, your Savior and your God”   Ref.

               [ Add in Year A ]

7A       Back from Egypt where they hid and lived as refugees,
Mary, Joseph and their child went home to Nazareth.   Ref.

   [ Add in Year B ]

7B       Joseph and Mary, obeying the Law, went up to Jerusalem,
and in the temple of the Lord they offered their only Son. Ref.

[ Add in Year C ]

7C       Mary and Joseph searched in vain for Jesus their missing child;
but in the temple there they found the one who for us died.   Ref.

 Second Reading:  Colossians 3: 12-17, 19-21

 A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colossians

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Bear with one another and,
if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other;
just as the Lord has forgiven you,
so you also must forgive.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in the one body.
And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly;
teach and admonish one another in all wisdom;
and with gratitude in your hearts
sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed.
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord,

Fathers, do not provoke your children,
or they may lose heart.

The word of the Lord.

Celtic Alleluia!   [Verse may be sung]

       Alleluia!

“I bring you news of great joy,
joy for all the nations,
For today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.

       Alleluia!  

Gospel

Year A – Mat 2: 13-15, 19-23

Year B – Luke 2: 22-40

Year C – Luke 2: 41-52

 

Holy Family – Year A

Gospel   Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

+ A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew

After the wise men had left,

an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph to a dream and said,

“Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt,

and remain there until I tell you;

for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”

Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night,

and went to Egypt,

and remained there until the death of Herod.

This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord

through the prophet,   “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

 

When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared

in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,

“Get up, take the child and his mother,

and go to the land of Israel,

for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.”

Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother,

and went to the land of Israel.

 

But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea

in place of his father Herod,

he was afraid to go there.

And after being warned in a dream,

he went away to the district of Galilee.

There he made his home in a town called Nazareth,

so that what had been spoken through the prophets

might be fulfilled,

“He will be called a Nazorean.”

 

The gospel of the Lord.

 

 

Longer Version – Year B

 

Gospel                                                                             Luke 2:22-40

 

+ A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.

When the time came for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
(as it is written to the law of the Lord,
“Every firstborn made shall be designated as holy to the Lord.”)
and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated
in the law of the Lord,
“a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;
this man was righteous and devout,
Looking forward to the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him what was customary under the law,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed
at what was being said about him.

Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary,

“this child is destined for the falling
and the rising of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be opposed
so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed –
and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Asher.
She was of a great age,
having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
then as a widow to the age of eighty-four.
She never left the temple
but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day.
At that moment she came,
and began to praise God and to speak about the child
to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Mary and Joseph had finished everything required
by the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and that favor of God was upon him.

The gospel of the Lord.

                             Shorter Version – Year B

Gospel     Luke 2:22, 25-27, 34-35, 39-40

+   A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.

When the time came for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;
this man was righteous and devout,
looking forward to the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him what was customary under the law,

Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary,

“This child is destined for the falling
and the rising of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be opposed
so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed –
and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

When Mary and Joseph had finished everything required
by the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town in Nazareth.
the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

The gospel of the Lord.

Year C

Gospel    Luke 2:41-52

+ A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.

Now every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem
for the festival of the Passover.
And when he was twelve years old,
they went up as usual for the festival.

When the festival was ended and they started to return,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Assuming that he was in the group of travelers,
they went a day’s journey.
They started to look for him among their relatives and friends.
When they did not find him,
they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.

After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting among the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions.
And all who heard him were amazed
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him they were astonished;
and his mother said to him

“Child, why have you treated us like this?
Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.”

He said to them,

“Why were you searching for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

But they did not understand what he said to them.

Then Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them.
His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years,
and in divine and human favor.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       As we celebrate the feast of the HOLY FAMILY, let us pray to God who is both Father and Mother of the whole human family.

CM      And let our response be: Bless your family, Lord.

  1. For the family of the Church: (pause)
    that it may be a mother and a home for all people in need. We pray:
  2. For parents and grandparents:   (pause)
    that like Mary and Joseph they may be models of upright living. We pray:
  3. For families that are severely tried by poverty, and by problems related to drugs and sexual abuse: (pause) that society may support them in their efforts to live a more human life. We pray:
  4. For separated couples and their children: (pause)
    that they may meet warmhearted people whose understanding love helps them to cope with the disappointments of life. We pray:

                        [ The Presider may add a petition that is relevant / local]

P
Lord, grant that we may praise rather than criticize,
sympathize rather than condemn,
give rather than receive,
so that our homes may become places where love and peace reign.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord of all Creation,
we are mindful that these gifts of bread and wine
have already been blessed by sun, earth and rain.
And we are grateful for all the Blessings of Life
that you have given us.
We pray that our families
may be nurtured in forgiveness and understanding
and nourished by friendship and care.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

EUCHARISTIC   PRAYER   #2

Introductory Dialogue

It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

Today you fill our hearts with joy and wonder
as we recognize in Christ the revelation of your love.
No eye can see his glory as our God,
yet now he is seen as one of us.

Christ is your Son before all ages,
yet now he is born in time.
He has come to lift up all things to himself,
to restore unity to all creation
and lead straying humanity back to the heavenly Kingdom.

And so, with all the Angels, we praise you,
as in joyful celebration we acclaim: 

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

 

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.

 [Christmas and its Octave:

We gather here together before you
in communion with the whole church,
and we celebrate the most holy (night) (day)
when Mary, in her glorious virginity,
gave birth to the Savior of the world.

Through him, our Redeemer and our Lord, we pray:]
Send down your Spirit upon these gifts

to make them holy
that they may become for us
the Body and + Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed
and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and,
giving thanks,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT:
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the cup
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith.

A
We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your resurrection
until you come again.

B
When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death. O Lord,
until you come again.

C
Save us, Savior of the world,
for by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
giving thanks that you have deemed us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Humbly we pray that,
partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ,
we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,
and bring her to the fullness of love,
together with N., our Pope,
N., our bishop,
and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep
in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints,
who had found favor with you throughout the ages,
we may share eternal life with them
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

In union with the family of all the children of God
we pray with hope the prayer taught us by our Brother, Jesus:

Deliver us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and let the peace of Christ
live in our hearts and our homes.

Give us compassion, gentleness and patience
that we may prepare in hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus, at your birth the angels sang:

‘Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to all people on earth.’

(Yet conflict still continues in Palestine –
the land where you were born.
Enable us to continue the struggle for peace
in our own land – the Philippines –
and throughout the world.)

Grant to us who have heard the message of the angels
the peace and unity where you live forever and ever.   AMEN.

May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be always with you.

Invitation to share the gift of peace

St. Paul reminds us that

if “we bear with one another
and forgive one another
then the peace of Christ will rule in our hearts”.

So let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

Optional to accompany the Breaking of the Bread

When we break this Bread and share this Wine,
we declare that we, the baptized,
regard all people as our sisters and brothers.
We are all members of the family of God.

LAMB OF GOD…..

Invitation to Communion

Behold Christ Jesus, the Son of the Virgin Mary.
Blessed are we who are invited
to the banquet of the family of the children of God.

Post Communion Prayer

Creator God,
we thank you the gift of Jesus your Son.
May he keep on living in our homes and communities.
Let us, like Mary and Joseph,
be ready for any task you may entrust to us.
for we can do everything in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing     [based on Colossians 3: 12- 17]

You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved.   AMEN

Bear with one another and forgive one another,
if one has a grievance against another.   AMEN

May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts this day and forever. AMEN.

And may God bless you,

+ the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Dismissal

Our celebration is ended.

Go and follow the example of the Holy Family in your daily lives.

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