Readings On The Feast of The Holy Family / C

First Reading
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28

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, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
   he who obeys 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 of him;
   revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
   firmly planted against the debt of your sins
  —a house raised in justice to you.


Samuel, as long as he lives, shall be dedicated to the Lord.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

In those days Hannah conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son
   whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.
The next time her husband Elkanah was going up
   with the rest of his household
   to offer the customary sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vows,
   Hannah did not go, explaining to her husband,
   “Once the child is weaned,
   I will take him to appear before the LORD
   and to remain there forever;
   I will offer him as a perpetual nazirite.”

Once Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him up with her,
   along with a three-year-old bull,
   an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
   and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
   Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
   “Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
   I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
   as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”

Hannah left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or: Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10

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.

℟. 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.

℟. 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.

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


℟. (cf. 5a) Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
   My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

℟. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Happy they who dwell in your house!
   Continually they praise you.
Happy the men whose strength you are!
Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage.

℟. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer;
   hearken, O God of Jacob!
O God, behold our shield,
   and look upon the face of your anointed.

℟. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Second Reading
Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24

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.


We are called children of God. And so we are.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

See what love the Father has bestowed on us
   that we may be called the children of God.
And so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
   is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
   what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
   for we shall see him as he is.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
   we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,
   because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
   we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
   and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him,
   and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us
   is from the Spirit that he gave us.

Acclamation before the Gospel
Col 3:15a, 16a

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
let the word of Christ dwell in you richly

℟. Alleluia, Alleluia.


cf. Acts 16:14b

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.

℟. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Mt 2:13-15, 19-23 or Lk 2:41-52

Take the child and his mother, and flee into Egypt.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When the magi had departed, behold,
   the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
   “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
   and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
   and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
   that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
   Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod had died, behold,
   the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
   to Joseph in Egypt and said,
   “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
   for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
He rose, took the child and his mother,
   and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
   in place of his father Herod,
   he was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
   he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
   so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled,
   He shall be called a Nazorean.


His parents found Jesus sitting in the midst of the teachers.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
   and when he was twelve years old,
   they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
   the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
   but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
   they journeyed for a day
   and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
   but not finding him,
   they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
   sitting in the midst of the teachers,
   listening to them and asking them questions,
   and all who heard him were astounded
   at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
   they were astonished,
   and his mother said to him,
  “Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
   “Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
   and was obedient to them;
   and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
   before God and man.

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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