CONSECRATION OF THE FAMILIES
JESUS, MARY AND JOSE
LORD JESUS CHRIST, You enlightened the human family with your teachings and example. In the dwelling of Nazareth, You spent the greater part of your earthly existence in submission to Mary and Joseph, teaching what life, love, and work are really all about.
Accept, Lord Jesus, with Mary and Joseph, this your disciple family consecrating itself to You today. Watch over us as your very own, and holy. Weave into our family relationships trust, compassion, and understanding, forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. May the spirit of caring always shine through our words and deeds. As we strive to model as a family your own domestic virtues, may we live faithfully our vocation to love and the service of life.
BLESSED MARY, Mother of Christ and of the Church, You are also our Mother and of our homes, which are “churches in miniature”: make this act of consecration acceptable to Christ, your Son. Let it be the first step in transforming our family into a “Holy Family”, and our home into a new “Nazareth”.
SAINT JOSEPH, guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us in our temporal and spiritual needs: in union with Jesus and Mary, lead us safely through life toward that Eternal Nazareth of everlasting life and love, where Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one God for ever and ever.
PRAYER OF THE HOLY FAMILY
O, God, you call us to begin this day
and every day in dedication to you.
May all who need your help
today experience your unconditional love
and compassion through us
and through all who have come to know you.
Bless all the mothers of this world
and all women who care for those
whom you entrusted to our hands and hearts.
May they draw their courage
and compassion from your mother, Mary.
Bless all the fathers of the world
and all men who work for the Kingdom on earth.
May they be strengthened by the example of Joseph.
And bless all the children of this world;
protect them from abuse and neglect.
May they come to know their worth
and dignity as your children.
Grant this through the intercession of the Holy Family
and of all the families like them
that image your life in the trinity of love. Amen.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY
Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Jospeh,
didst consecrate domestic life by Thine inefable virtues;
grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught
by the example of Thy holy Family and
may attain to its everlasting fellowship.
Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.
FAMILY PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY
O Heavenly Father, our loving God,
you have given us the Holy Family
as our patron to bless and guide our families
that the fruit of the Holy Spirit
- love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, humility, and self-control -
shall reign in our homes.
As husbands and wives,
teach us to love our spouses
more than ever.
As parents, give us wisdom and knowledge
in rearing our offsprings to be responsible
and successful Christians forever.
As brothers and sisters,
may we learn to care and support
for one another and be of inspiration
to each other.
As children, teach us to be obedient
just as Jesus showed obedience
and respect to Mary and Joseph.
As Christians, melt us, mold us, fill us,
and use us, in spreading the good news
in our community that they may see Christ in us.
When trials come, help us to face them
with trusting faith and confidently hope
that all things work for good
for those who love God.
May we have a happy holy family forever
through Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
our miraculous patron, the adorable Holy Family.