The Holy Family
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
On the Sunday within
the Octave of the Epiphany
(The Mass of the First Sunday after Epiphany is celebrated during the week,
is commemorated today, along with the Octave of Epiphany.)
Introit: Proverbs xxlii: 24, 25
father of the just rejoices greatly. Let Thy father and Thy mother
be joyful, and let her rejoice that bore
Thee. [Ps.] How lovely are
Thy tabernacles, O Lord God of Hosts! My soul longs and faints
for the courts of the Lord. Glory be.... The father....
O Lord Jesus
Christ, who when Thou wast subject to Mary and
Joseph didst sanctify home life with ineffable virtues: grant that by
their assistance, we may be instructed by the example of Thine
Holy Family and become partakers of their eternal happiness.
of the Sunday:
Lord, we beseech Thee, mercifully hear the prayers
of Thy people who call upon Thee; and grant that they may both
perceive what they ought to do, and have the grace and strength to act
of the Epiphany:
O God, who on this
day by the guidance of a star didst manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the
Gentiles; mercifully grant that we who know Thee now by faith,
may be brought to the contemplation of the beauty of Thy majesty.
Colossians iii: 12-17
reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to
Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the substance
of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, and patience: bearing
with one another and forgiving one another if any
have a complaint against another. Even as the Lord has
forgiven you, so do you also forgive. But above all these things,
have charity, which is the bond of perfection. And
let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also
you are called in one body; and be ye
thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in
you abundantly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing
in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever
you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him.
Psalm xxvi: 4
One thing I
have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after: that I may dwell in the
house of the Lord all the days of my life. Blessed are they that
dwell in this house, O Lord, they shall praise Thee
forever and ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. Verily
Thou art a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Savior. Alleluia.
Luke ii: 42-52
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
When Jesus was twelve years old, they, going up to
Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast, and having fulfilled
the days, when they returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and
His parents knew it not. And thinking that He was in the
company, they came a day's journey, and sought Him among His kinsfolk and
acquaintances. And not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem,
seeking Him. And it came to pass that after three days
they found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing
them and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at
His wisdom and His answers. And seeing Him they wondered. And
His mother said to Him, "Son, why hast Thou done so to
us? Behold, Thy father and I have
sought Thee sorrowing." And He said to them,
"How is it that you sought Me? Didst you not
know that I must be about My Father's business? And they
understood not the word that He spoke to them. And His
mother kept all these words in her heart. And he went down
with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And Jesus advanced
in wisdom and age and grace with God and men.
Luke ii: 22
parents of Jesus carried Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord.
We offer Thee, O
Lord, this sacrifice of propitiation, humbly entreating that
through the intercession of the virgin Mother of God and blessed
Joseph, Thou wouldst firmly establish our families in Thy peace and grace.
of the Sunday:
May the sacrifice
which is offered to Thee, O Lord, always
quicken and protect us.
Graciously look down, we
beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the gifts of Thy Church: by which gold,
frankincense, and myrrh are no longer laid before Thee; but He
is sacrificed and received who by those very gifts was
signified, Jesus Christ Thy Son, our
Lord. Who with Thee....
and Communicantes of Epiphany
Matthew ii: 2
went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.
Make us, O Lord
Jesus, whom Thou dost refresh with Thy heavenly Sacraments, ever to
follow the example of Thine Holy Family, that at the hour of
our death Thy glorious Virgin Mother and blessed Joseph may be near
us, and may we be found worthy to be received by Thee into Thine eternal
of the Sunday:
We humbly beseech Thee,
almighty God, that Thou wouldst grant to those whom Thou refreshest
with Thy sacraments, that they may serve Thee worthily by a life well
pleasing to Thee.
Grant, we beseech
Thee, O almighty God, that by a purified mind we may
attain to the understanding of that
which we solemnly celebrate.
The Last Gospel
is that of Saint John