30th December – Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today I had another routine 2 weekly chemo clinic. All GRAND!

Today we also celebrate the feast of the Holy Family as Christmas fell on a Sunday. The holy_family_610x300@2xliturgy encourages us to base our family life on that of the Holy Family. To this end, the intercessions from Evening Prayer are worth our prayerful pondering.

Let us adore the Son of the living God, who became son in a human family.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
By your obedience to Mary and Joseph,
  teach us how to respect proper authority and order.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
By the love that filled your home,
  give our families the grace of loving harmony and peace.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
Your first intent was the honour of your Father.
  May God be the heart of all our family life.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
Your parents found you teaching in your Father’s house.
  Help us, like you, to seek first the Father’s will.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
By your reunion with Mary and Joseph in the joy of heaven,
  welcome our dead into the family of the saints.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
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