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The painting of Holy Family in church Chiesa di San Benetetto by unknown artist

feast of the holy family

Jesus and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his earthly guardian, protector, and foster-father, St. Joseph, make up the Holy Family. God was made incarnate into the embrace of the human family, and the majority of Jesus’ earthly life was spent in the quiet happiness of domestic life with his mother and father. This sacred time, known as the “hidden life” of Jesus, is one of which we know little from Sacred Scripture. The feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on the Sunday within the octave of Christmas. If Christmas falls on a Sunday, the feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on December 30th.
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Holy Family stained glass digital art by Randy Wollenmann

The Holy Family is the beginning of countless other holy families.”

Saint Pope John Paul II
Holy Family by Claudio Coello (1642-1693, Spain)

The hidden life at Nazareth allows everyone to enter into fellowship with Jesus by the most ordinary events of daily life.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 533
Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo – Holy Family with the Infant St John

Every family should look to the icon of the Holy Family of Nazareth.”

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 30
The Holy Family in a Carpenter’s Shop (c. 1746 ) by Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Holy Family, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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