praise you for your glory.Lord Jesus Christ, onlySon of the Father, Lord God,Lamb of God, you take awaythe sins of the world: havemercy on us. You are seatedat the right hand of the Fa-ther: receive our prayer. Foryou alone are the Holy One,you alone are the Lord, youalone are the Most High,Jesus Christ, with the HolySpirit, in the glory of God theFather. Amen!
Father, help us to live asthe Holy Family, united inrespect and love. Bring us tothe joy and peace of youreternal home.Grant this through ourLord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns withyou and the Holy Spirit, oneGod, for ever and ever.
LITURGY OFTHE WORD1st Reading
The respectful attitude of the children toward their par-ents is a very important factor in building up a happy family.Such is the truth inculcated bythe pious author Ben Sira intoday’s First Reading.
A proclamation from theBook of Sirach
God sets a father in honorover his children; a mother’sauthority he confirms overher sons.Whoever honors his fatheratones for sins, and preserveshimself from them. When heprays, he is heard; he storesup riches who reveres hismother.Whoever honors his fatheris gladdened by children, and,when he prays, is heard. Who-ever reveres his father will livea long life; he who obeys hisfather brings comfort to hismother.My son, take care of yourfather when he is old; grievehim not, as long as he lives.Even if his mind fail, be con-siderate of him; revile him not
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given you, so must you also do.And over all these, put onlove, that is, the bond of per-fection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,the peace into which you werealso called in one body. Andbe thankful.Let the word of Christdwell in you richly, as in allwisdom you teach and ad-monish one another, singingpsalms, hymns, and spiritualsongs with gratitude in yourhearts to God.Whatever you do, in wordor in deed, do everything inthe name of the Lord Jesus,giving thanks to God the Fa-ther through him.Wives, be subordinate toyour husbands, as is proper inthe Lord. Husbands, loveyour wives, and avoid anybitterness toward them. Chil-dren, obey your parents in ev-erything, for this is pleasingto the Lord. Fathers, do notprovoke your children, so theymay not become discouraged.
The Word of the Lord!
Thanks be to God!
Alleluia! Alleluia!Let the peace of Christcontrol your hearts; letthe word of Christ dwellin you richly.Alleluia! Alleluia!
The Holy Family of Naz-areth was deeply devout and followed carefully the reli-gious observances of the people of Israel. Such is theimpression we derive fromtoday’s Gospel passagewhich is usually known as the“the Finding of Jesus in theTemple.”
A proclamation from theholy Gospel accordingto Luke
Glory to you, Lord!Each year Jesus’ parentswent to Jerusalem for thefeast of Passover, and when hewas twelve years old, theyall the days of his life. Kind-ness to a father will not beforgotten, firmly plantedagainst the debt of your sins –a house raised in justice toyou.
The Word of the Lord!
Thanks be to God!
R–Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in hisways!
*Blessed is everyone whofears the Lord, who walks inhis ways! For you shall eat thefruit of your handiwork;blessed shall you be, and fa-vored.
*Your wife shall be like afruitful vine in the recesses of your home; your children likeolive plants around yourtable.
*Behold, thus is the manblessed who fears the Lord.The Lord bless you fromZion: May you see the pros-perity of Jerusalem all thedays of your life.
Love, mutual respect, and concern should be amongthe special traits of everyChristian family. Such is theenlightening message of St.Paul to the believers of alltimes.
A proclamation from theLetter of Paul to the Col-ossians
Brothers and sisters: Puton, as God’s chosen ones, holyand beloved, heartfelt com-passion, kindness, humility,gentleness, and patience,bearing with one another andforgiving one another, if onehas a grievance against an-other. As the Lord has for-
Bles-sed are those who fear the
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