Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
December 30, 2011

Psalter: Proper

Color: White

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
    2 For the Lord honored the father above the children, and he confirmed the right of the mother over her sons.
    3 Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
    4 and whoever glorifies his mother is like one who lays up treasure.
    5 Whoever honors his father will be gladdened by his own children, and when he prays he will be heard.
    6 Whoever glorifies his father will have long life, and whoever obeys the Lord will refresh his mother;
    7 he will serve his parents as his masters.
    12 O son, help your father in his old age, and do not grieve him as long as he lives;
    13 even if he is lacking in understanding, show forbearance; in all your strength do not despise him.
    14 For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, and against your sins it will be credited to you;

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 128:1-5
    1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!
    2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
    3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
    4 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.
    5 The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!

  • Second Reading

    Colossians 3:12-21
    12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience,
    13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
    14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
    15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
    16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
    17 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.
    18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
    19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
    20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
    21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

    OR

    Colossians 3:12-17
    12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience,
    13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
    14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
    15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
    16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
    17 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.

  • Gospel

    Luke 2:22-40
    22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
    23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
    24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
    25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
    26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
    27 And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
    28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
    29 "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;
    30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
    31 which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
    32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel."
    33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him;
    34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against
    35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
    36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity,
    37 and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
    38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
    39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
    40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

    OR

    Luke 2:22, 39-40
    22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
    39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
    40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3
    1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great."
    2 But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Elie'zer of Damascus?"
    3 And Abram said, "Behold, thou hast given me no offspring; and a slave born in my house will be my heir."
    4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, "This man shall not be your heir; your own son shall be your heir."
    5 And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be."
    6 And he believed the LORD; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness.
    1 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.
    2 And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.
    3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 105:1-6, 8-9
    1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples!
    2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works!
    3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
    4 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually!
    5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
    6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    8 He is mindful of his covenant for ever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
    9 the covenant which he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac,

  • Second Reading

    Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19
    8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
    11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
    12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
    17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son,
    18 of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named."
    19 He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

  • Gospel

    Luke 2:22-40
    22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
    23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
    24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
    25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
    26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
    27 And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
    28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
    29 "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;
    30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
    31 which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
    32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel."
    33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him;
    34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against
    35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
    36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity,
    37 and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
    38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
    39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
    40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

    OR

    Luke 2:22, 39-40
    22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
    39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
    40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

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