6The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the family unit and the family of Jesus: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It falls on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If Christmas falls on a Sunday, Holy Family is celebrated on December 30th. Also known as Family Life Sunday, we commemorate family and marriage. During the liturgy, each parish is to focus on the Christian ideals in families.
The Feast of the Holy Family is not just about the Holy Family, but about our own families too. The main purpose of the Feast is to present the Holy Family as the model for all Christian families, and for domestic life in general. Our family life becomes sanctified when we live the life of the Church within our homes.
The Holy Family feast is a good time to remember the family unit and pray for our human and spiritual families. We also may take this feast to reflect on the value and sanctity of the family unit, and to evaluate our own family life. What ways may it be improved? What would Jesus, Mary, and Joseph do? Finally, we can use this feast to ask ourselves what are we doing to promote the family within our own cultures, neighborhoods, and communities.
You can find prayers related to this feast at www.churchyear.net/holyfamilyprayers.html