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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (B)

Liturgical Color: White [Note: "On solemn occasions more precious vestments may be used, even if not the color of the day" GIRM #309]

Themes: family life, love, understanding, spiritual growth

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger. Luke 2:16 [Roman Missal]

Deus in loco sancto suo: Deus, qui inhabitare facit unamines in domo: ipse dabit virtutem et fortitudinem plebi suae.
Ps.Exsurgat Deus, et dissipentur inimici eius: et fugiant, qui oderunt eum, a facie eius. [Graduale Romanum, p.310]

Deus in loco sancto suo: Deus, qui inhabitare facit unamines in domo: ipse dabit virtutem et fortitudinem plebi suae.
Ps.Exsurgat Deus, et dissipentur inimici eius: et fugiant, qui oderunt eum, a facie eius. [Gregorian Missal, p.202]

Iacob autem genuit Ioseph, virum Mariae, de qua natus est Iesus, qui vocatur Christus. [Graduale simplex, p.70]
Verses of Psalm 128 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Collect:

O God, who were pleased to give us
the shining example of the Holy Fami-ly,

gra-ciously grant that we may imitate them
in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of chari-ty,

and so, in the joy of your house,
delight one day in eter-nal re-wards.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 [One who shall come forth from your own body shall be your heir. /v.4]
  • Psalm 105:1-2 / 3-4 / 5-6 / 8-9 [R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever. /v.7a,8a]
  • Hebrews 11:8,11-12,17-19 [There was born of one man as many descendants as the stars in heaven in number. /v.12]
  • Gospel Verse: Heb 1:1-2 [In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; in these days, he has spoken to us through the Son.]
    See CNP's Alleluia Noel
  • Luke 2:22-40 [The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom. /v.40]
    See CNP's Book of Sung Gospels – Fourth Edition

Offertory Antiphon:

My trust is in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." In your hands is my destiny. Psalm 31:15-16 **
Verses of Psalm 40 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

In te speravi, Domine: dixi: Tu es Deus meus, in manibus tuis tempora mea. [Graduale Romanum, p.322]

In te speravi, Domine: dixi: Tu es Deus meus, in manibus tuis tempora mea. [Gregorian Missal, p.205]

Erant parentes Iesu mirantes super his quae dicebantur de illo. [Graduale simplex, p.73]
Verses of Psalm 40 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Prayer over the Offerings:

We offer you, Lord, the sacrifice of concilia-tion,

hum-bly asking that,
through the intercession of the Virgin Mother of God and Saint Jo-seph,

you may establish our families firmly in your grace and your peace.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface III of the Nativity of the Lord: [The exchange in the Incarnation of the Word]

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.

For through him the holy exchange that restores our life
has shone forth today in splendor:
when our frailty is assumed by your Word
not only does human mortality receive unending honor
but by this wondrous union we, too, are made eternal.

And so, in company with the choirs of Angels,
we praise you, and with joy we proclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

Our God has appeared on the earth, and lived among us. Bar 3:38 [Roman Missal]

(B) Fili, quid fecisti nobis sic? ego et pater tuus dolentes quaerebamus te. Et quid est quod me quaerebatis? nesciebatis quia in his quae Patris mei sunt, oportet me esse?. Lk 2:48-49 [Graduale Romanum, p.51]
Psalm 27:1a,4abc,4de,5,8,13 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

(B) Fili, quid fecisti nobis sic? ego et pater tuus dolentes quaerebamus te. Et quid est quod me quaerebatis? nesciebatis quia in his quae Patris mei sunt, oportet me esse?. Lk 2:48-49 [Gregorian Missal, p.206]

Maria autem conservabat omnia verba haec, conferens in corde suo. [Graduale simplex, p.74]
Verses of Psalm 78 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Prayer after Communion:

Bring those you refresh with this heavenly Sacrament,
most merciful Father,
to imitate constantly the example of the Holy Fami-ly,

so that, after the trials of this world,
we may share their compan-y for ever.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Solemn Blessing: [15. The Blessed Virgin Mary]

May the God of infinite goodness,
who by the Incarnation of his Son has driven darkness from the world
and by that glorious Birth has illumined this most holy night,
drive far from you the darkness of vice
and illumine your hearts with the light of virtue.
Amen.

May God, who willed that the great joy
of his Son's saving Birth
be announced to shepherds by the Angel,
fill your minds with the gladness he gives
and make you heralds of his Gospel.
Amen.

And may God, who by the Incarnation
brought together the earthly and heavenly realm,
fill you with the gift of his peace and favor
and make you sharers with the Church in heaven.
Amen.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

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