Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
December 30, 2012

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

    1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28
    20 and in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, "I have asked him of the LORD."
    21 And the man Elka'nah and all his house went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow.
    22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the LORD, and abide there for ever."
    24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine; and she brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh; and the child was young.
    25 Then they slew the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
    26 And she said, "Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD.
    27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me my petition which I made to him.
    28 Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD." And they worshiped the LORD there.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10
    1 How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
    2 My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
    4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
    5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
    8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]
    9 Behold our shield, O God; look upon the face of thine anointed!

  • Second Reading

    1 John 3:1-2, 21-24
    1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
    2 Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
    21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
    22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
    23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
    24 All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.

  • Gospel

    Luke 2:41-52
    41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover.
    42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom;
    43 and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,
    44 but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances;
    45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.
    46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;
    47 and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
    48 And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
    49 And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
    50 And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
    51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
    52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.

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