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"Holiness is not the luxury of a few. It is everyone's duty: yours and mine."  ~Mother Teresa

Feast of the Holy Family 2019

 

Feast of the Holy Family
December, 2019

  

Dearly beloved Brothers, Sisters, LMCs and all,

May the peace and joy of Jesus, Mary and Joseph be your strength, your shield, your rock, your stronghold, your fortress…May your community/family be another Nazareth, where Jesus can live and grow in peace, in joy and in love. May our community strive to keep the Nazareth spirit of humility, simplicity, poverty and friendship. Let us keep in mind that:


Christmas is a feast of love.

The more we love, the more we give,

the more we give, the more we receive,

the more we receive, the more we share,

the more we share, the more joy we experience.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in dying hat we are born to eternal life.

May our loving, giving and sharing never cease!

I wish each and everyone of you a very blessed and happy Holy Family feast and a prosperous and peace-filled New Year 2020.

Let us resolve to “offer More sacrifices, smile more tenderly and pray more fervently” for one another and for all, especially for the sick and the weak, for those who do not want to pray, those who cannot pray, those who have nobody to pray for and those who have lost the Spirit of prayerfulness. Love never gives up!

God bless and reward each one of you for all what you were and for all the good you did in the year 2019.

 

Please remember me in your prayers as I do for you.
Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala M.C.

 

N.B.:       Today you may pray the Litany of the Holy Family (see the attached). Thanks.

 

 

LITANY OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, have mercy on us

Lord, have mercy on us

Jesus, hear us

Jesus, graciously hear us

God, the Father of heaven

God the Son, Redeemer of the world

God, the Holy Spirit

Holy Trinity, one God                                                   bless us and guide us

Holy Family, earthly representation of the heavenly Trinity,

Holy Family, protector and example of the Church,

Holy Family, terror of demons,

Holy Family, school and model of all families,

Holy Family, home and school of the contemplatives,                    bless us and teach us

Holy Family, home of silence and solitude,

Holy Family, school of the virtues of humility and charity,

Holy Family, school of perfect love of God and of one's neighbour,

Holy Family, school of insatiable yearning for God,

Holy Family, school of forgiveness and mutual acceptance,

Holy Family, school of hard labour,

Holy Family, school of self-denial and sacrifice,

Holy Family, school of perfect acceptance of the will of God,

Holy Family, school of profound peace and perfect joy,

Holy Family, school of perpetual chastity,

Holy Family, school of evangelical poverty,

Holy Family school of perfect and prompt obedience,

Holy Family, school of whole-hearted loving service to all in need,

Holy Family, school of infinite and intense thirst for the salvation of souls,

Holy Family, school of warm welcome and generous hospitality,

Holy Family, school of good will and generosity,

Holy Family, school of faith, hope and charity,

Holy Family, school of prudence, fortitude, justice and temperance,

Holy Family, school of all virtues,

Holy Family, our heavenly patrons, protectors and intercessors,        bless us and protect us

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,                    spare us, O Lord

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,                    graciously hear us, O Lord

Let us pray

Holy Father, in the wonder of your wisdom and love you decreed that your Son should be born of a woman and be subject to the guidance of two of your humble creatures, Mary and Joseph. Grant that we may enter more and more into the mystery of the incarnate Word and with Him lead a hidden life on earth, until escorted by His Virgin Mother and Foster Father, we may joyously enter your home in heaven. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

God bless you.

Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala M.C.