February is the month dedicated to the Holy Family.
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In February, it is the Holy Family, the perfect example of family life for all Christians. In these prayers to the Holy Family, we meditate on the example of the Holy Family and ask the Holy Family to intercede on behalf of our families. Some or all of the following prayers to the Holy Family can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month.
To live a good, Christian family life requires sacrifice, the renunciation of one's own wishes, and a reasonable mortification of self. If it is to be perfect, it requires complete victory over self-love. It requires a high degree of virtue, deep piety and living faith, much prayer, and a close union with God.
In our day the very foundations of family life have been shaken by the failure of so many marriages. For this reason the devotion to the Holy Family
of Nazareth takes on a new meaning and a new importance. The modern family must again be rejuvenated and filled with the spirit of the Holy Family
of Nazareth. It must recapture the spirit of faith, the spirit of subjection to the will of God. It is for this intention that we should offer our
prayers and sacrifices during the month. — The Light of the World by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.
For the Protection of the Holy Family
Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, ever to follow the example of Thy holy Family, that in the hour of our death Thy glorious Virgin Mother together with blessed Joseph may come to meet us and we may be worthily received by Thee into everlasting dwellings: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Daily Prayer Before a Picture of the Holy Family
O most loving Jesus, Who by Thy surpassing virtues and the example of Thy home life didst hallow the household in which Thou didst choose to live while on earth, mercifully look down upon this family, whose members, humbly prostrate before Thee, implore Thy protection. Remember that we are Thine, bound and consecrated to Thee by a special devotion. Protect us in Thy mercy, deliver us from danger, help us in our necessities, and impart to us strength to persevere always in the imitation of Thy Holy Family, so that, by serving Thee and loving Thee faithfully during this mortal life, we may at length give Thee eternal praise in heaven.
O Mary, dearest Mother, we implore thy assistance, knowing that thy divine Son will hearken to thy petition.
And do thou, most glorious patriarch, St. Joseph, help us with thy powerful patronage, and place our petitions in Mary's hands, that she may offer them to Jesus Christ.
In Honor of the Holy Family
Christ could have come to earth in any number of ways, yet God chose to send His Son as a Child born into a family. In so doing, He set the Holy Family as an example for us all, and made the Christian family more than a natural institution. In this prayer, we ask God to keep the example of the Holy Family always before us, so that we will imitate them in our family life.
O God, Heavenly Father, it was part of Thine eternal decree that Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, should form a holy family with Mary, His blessed mother, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. In Nazareth, home life was sanctified, and a perfect example was given to every Christian family. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may fully comprehend and faithfully imitate the virtues of the Holy Family so that we may be united with them one day in their heavenly glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer to The Holy Family, for One’s Children
O Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, well-beloved Son of the Blessed Virgin and foster Child of St. Joseph, we most fervently implore Thee, through Mary Thine ever-blessed Mother and St. Joseph Thy foster father, take our children under Thy special charge and enclose them in the love of Thy Sacred Heart.
They are the children of Thy Father in Heaven, created after His own image; they are Thy possession, for Thou hast purchased them with Thy Precious Blood; they are temples of the Holy Ghost, who sanctified them in Baptism and implanted in their hearts the virtues of faith, hope and charity.
O most loving Jesus, rule and guide them, that they may live according to the holy Catholic Faith, that they may not waver in their confidence in Thee and that they may ever remain faithful to Thy love.
O Mary, Blessed Mother of Jesus, grant to our children a place in thy pure maternal heart! Spread over them thy protecting mantle when danger threatens their innocence; keep them firm when they are about to stray from the path of virtue; and should they have the misfortune of falling into mortal sin, oh, then raise them up again, reconcile them with thy Divine Son and restore them to Sanctifying Grace.
And thou, O holy foster father St. Joseph, do not abandon our children! Protect them from the assaults of the wicked enemy and deliver them from all dangers of soul and body.
O dear parents of the holy Child Jesus! Intercede for us parents also, that we may bring up our children in the love and fear of God and one day attain with them the Beatific Vision. Amen.
A Prayer Intercession to The Holy Family, for Protection of One’s Family
O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer! You came to enlighten the world with Your teaching and example, and to live the greater part of Your life with Mary and Joseph in their home at Nazareth. Thus You sanctified the family that was to be an example to all Christian families. Graciously receive our family, which is dedicated and consecrated to You this day. Protect it; guard it and establish it in holy fear, in peace, and in the harmony of Christian charity. By conforming ourselves to the model of Your family, may we all without exception attain to eternal happiness.
Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother! By your intercession make this, our humble offering, acceptable to Jesus and obtain for us His grace and blessings. O St. Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary! Assist us by your prayers in all our spiritual and temporal needs, so that we may be able to praise our Divine Saviour, Jesus, together with Mary and you for all eternity. Amen.
Holy Father's Prayer Intentions For February 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
Beginning in 2017, the Pope will present one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than two.
A second prayer intention related to current events will be added each month.The urgent prayer request will mobilize prayer and attention to an immediate situation.
You can find more information about the Apostleship of Prayer on their website.
Consecration to the Holy Family
O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home in Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou defend us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace, and concord in Christian love: in order that, by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Thy family, we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.
Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by thy kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.
O Saint Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be (three times each).
"GOD WISHED TO RESTORE ALL THINGS in Jesus Christ and He decreed that Jesus should begin his work presenting to all families a perfect model in
the Family of Nazareth. In the Holy Family, fathers, mothers and children can find divine lessons of patience, chastity, filial love and the example
of hard work. In that situation Jesus lived, worked, and prayed for many years and so the work of restoration began from the family."
Mankind's future rests in, and depends upon, the family more than any other society, institution, or environment.
Blessed Pope John Paul II
Prayer to the Holy Family
As Led by Pope Francis celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalizedfind ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
A Prayer to The Holy Family, for Patience
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, like you we are members of the Father's family. We pray that our family love may reflect his love on its openness to all people. May we forgive even when not forgiven, and be patient with others' weaknesses.
Jesus, give us peace, unit and strength to meet the difficulties of daily living. May we use our family resources to improve the quality of life for ourselves and all people. Let us show joy in serving, for whatever we do for others, we do for you.
Mary, inspire us, that our love may be strong but not possessive. Let our willingness to give depend on the needs of others rather than on the cost of giving.
Joseph, help us to be attentive to the Father's will. Let us be ready, as you were, to act whenever he calls us.
A Prayer to The Holy Family, for Grace
O most loving Jesus, Who by Thy sublime and beautiful virtues of humility, obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness, and by the example of Thy domestic life, didst bless with peace and happiness the family Thou didst choose on earth, in Thy clemency look down upon this household, humbly prostrate before Thee and imploring Thy mercy.
Remember that this family belongs to Thee; for to Thee we have in a special way dedicated and devoted ourselves. Look upon us in Thy loving kindness; preserve us from danger; give us help in time of need, and grant us the grace to persevere to the end in the imitation of Thy Holy Family; that having revered Thee and loved Thee faithfully on earth, we may bless and praise Thee eternally in heaven.
O Mary, most sweet Mother, to thy intercession we have recourse, knowing that thy Divine Son will hear thy prayers.
And do thou, O glorious Patriarch, St. Joseph, assist us by thy powerful mediation, and offer, by the hands of Mary, our prayers to Jesus. Amen.
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Saints of the Month
2/01 St Brigid of Kildare
She is revered as one of Ireland's three patron saints.
2/02 The Presentation of the Lord
A mother who had given birth to a man-child was considered unclean for seven days; moreover she was to remain three and thirty days "in the blood of her purification".
2/03 St Blaise
For decades many United States Catholics have sought the annual St. Blaise blessing for their throats.
2/04 St Joan of Valois
Although she suffered much throughout her life, she accepted her disabilities with patience.
2/05 St Agatha
Legend has it that Agatha, like Agnes, was arrested as a Christian, tortured and sent to a house of prostitution to be mistreated.
2/06 St Paul Miki and Companions
26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki.
2/07 St Colette
At 21 she began to follow the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress, a woman walled into a room whose
2/08 St Jerome Emiliani
Jerome died in 1537 from a disease he caught while tending the sick.
2/09 St Apollonia
She is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases
2/10 St Scholastica
She founded a religious community for women near Monte Cassino at Plombariola.
2/11 Our Lady of Lourdes
The Immaculate Conception had a youthful appearance and was clothed in a pure white gown ...
2/12 St Benedict of Anian
In 782, he founded another monastery based on Benedictine Rule.
2/13 St Catherine of Ricci
During twelve years Saint Catherine passed every Friday in ecstasy.
2/14 Sts Cyril and Methodius
Cyril’s first work was to invent an alphabet, still used in some Eastern liturgies.
2/15 St Claude la Colombière
Claude showed remarkable preaching skills long before his ordination in 1675.
2/16 St Onesimus
He was a slave who robbed his master and ran away to Rome.
2/17 Bl Luke Belludi
Luke, then only 20, was to be St. Anthony's companion in his travels and in his preaching.
2/18 Bl John of Fiesole
The patron of Christian artists was born around 1400 in a village overlooking Florence.
2/19 St Conrad of Piacenza
Prayer and penance were his answer to the temptations that beset him.
2/20 Bls Jacinta and Francisco Marto
Mary asked the children to return to that spot on the thirteenth of each month for the next six months.
2/21 St Peter Damian
Peter was a reformer and if he were alive today would no doubt encourage the renewal started by Vatican II.
2/22 Chair of St. Peter
This feast commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the whole Church.
2/23 St Polycarp of Smyrna
At 86, Polycarp was led into the crowded Smyrna stadium to be burned alive.
2/24 St Matthias the Apostle,
According to a Greek tradition, he preached the Gospel in Cappadocia and in regions bordering the Caspian Sea.
2/25 Bl Sebastian of Aparicio
At the age of 31 he sailed to Mexico, where he began working in the fields.
2/26 St Porphyry of Gaza
He is most known for his generosity to the poor and for his ascetic lifestyle.
2/27 St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Ever popular and cheerful, Gabriel quickly was successful in his effort to be faithful in little things.
2/28 St Oswald
He was widely known for his sanctity, especially his love for the poor.