Readings For The Feast Of The Holy Family

First Reading
Sir 3:2-7, 12-14 or Gen 15:1-6; 21:1-3

Those who fear the Lord honor their parents.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

God sets a father in honor over his children;
   a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins;
   and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
   he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
   and when he prays he is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
   he obeys the his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
   grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him;
   revile him not in the fullness of your strength.
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
   firmly planted against the debt of your sins
   —a house raised in justice to you.

Or:

Gen 15:1-6; 21:1-3

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision saying:
   “Fear not, Abram!
      I am your shield;
      I will make your reward very great.”
But Abram said,
   “O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be,
   if I keep on being childless
   and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?”
Abram continued,
   “See, you have given me no offspring,
   and so one of my servants will be my heir.”
Then the word of the LORD came to him:
   “No, that one shall not be your heir;
   your own issue shall be your heir.”

The Lord took Abram outside and said:
   “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
   who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

The LORD took note of Sarah as he had said he would;
   he did for her as he had promised.
Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age,
   at the set time that God had stated.
Abraham gave the name Isaac to this son of his
   whom Sarah bore him.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

R. :

R. (cf 1) Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
   who walks in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
   blessed shall you be, and favored.

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
   in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
   around your table.

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
   who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
   may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
   all the days of your life.

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

Or: [For the Genesis Reading]

Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

R. (7a, 8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
   make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
   proclaim all his wondrous deeds.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Glory in his holy name;
   rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
   constantly seek his face.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
   sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
   throughout the earth his judgments prevail.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

He remembers forever his covenant
   which he made binding for a thousand generations
which he entered into with Abraham
   and by his oath to Isaac.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.


Second Reading
Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-18

Family life in the Lord.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
   heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
   bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
   if one has a grievance against another;
   as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
   that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
   the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
   as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
   singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
   with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
   do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
   giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
   as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
   and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
   for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
   so they may not become discouraged.

Or: [Short Form]

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
   heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
   bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
   if one has a grievance against another;
   as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
   that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
   the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
   as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
   singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
   with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
   do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
   giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Or:

Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-18

The faith of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
   that he was to receive as an inheritance;
   he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
By faith he received power to generate,
   even though he was past the normal age
   —and Sarah herself was sterile—
   for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.
So it was that there came forth from one man,
   himself as good as dead,
   descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
   and as countless as the sands on the seashore.

By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac,
   and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son,
   of whom it was said,
   “Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.”
He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead,
   and he received Isaac back as a symbol.


Gospel Acclamation
Heb 1:1-2

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the days were completed for their purification
   according to the law of Moses,
   they took him up to Jerusalem
   to present him to the Lord,
   just as it is written in the law of the Lord, 
   Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
   and to offer the sacrifice of
   a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
   in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
   awaiting the consolation of Israel,
   and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
   that he should not see death
   before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
   and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
   to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
   he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
       “Now, Master, you may let your servant go
         in peace, according to your word,
      for my eyes have seen your salvation,
         which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
      a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
         and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
   and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
   “Behold, this child is destined
   for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
   and to be a sign that will be contradicted
   —and you yourself a sword will pierce—
   so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
   the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
   having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
   and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
   but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
   she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
   to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
   of the law of the Lord,
   they returned to Galilee,
   to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
   and the favor of God was upon him.

Or: [Short Form]

When the days were completed for their purification
   according to the law of Moses,
   they took him up to Jerusalem
   to present him to the Lord.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
   of the law of the Lord,
   they returned to Galilee,
   to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
   and the favor of God was upon him.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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