December 30, 2000
volume 11, no. 277

LITURGY for Saturday and Sunday, December 30 and 31, 2000

Saturday, December 30, 2000

      First Reading: 1 John 2: 12-17
      Psalms: Psalm 96: 7-10
      Gospel Reading: Luke 2: 36-40

SUNDAY, December 31, 2000

      First Reading: Sirach 3: 2-6, 12-14 or 1 Samuel 2: 20-22, 24-28
      Psalms: Psalm 84: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10
      Second Reading: Colossians 3: 12-21 or Colossians 32: 12-17 or 1 John 3: 1-2, 21-24
      Gospel Reading: Luke 2: 41-52


        This feast is always celebrated on the Sunday after Christmas and commemorates the holy bond of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Holy Family is the model for all homes, especiallly in this day and age when family concept is no longer held sacred and the sacred is profaned when same-sex unions call themselves family. In the Holy Family we have the ideal role models God intended for all His children: Jesus as the obedient child, observing all He can in bringing love to His Mother and foster father, contributing to the family unit; Joseph as the humble, loving, patient patriarch of the family, guiding Jesus gently but firmly, and lovingly protecting his spouse whom he respects so much he will not defile in word or action, defending her honor in all chasteness; and finally Mary, the loving Virgin Mother who never complains despite the rugged travel while with child, the harsh elements and the meager food. She tenderly cares for her Divine Son, spending sleepless hours in meditative union with God, always in joy, caring for her loving spouse Joseph by preparing the meals, washing his garments, etc. Yes, this is the ideal family and no one can perceive of such a family today - but it is the ideal to strive for and because of that, this feast is very special within the Church - a family member of the Communion of Saints. The Feast of the Holy Family first gained observance status in the 17th Century and garnered greater stature in the 18th Century when Pope Leo XIII consecrated families to the Holy Family. Pope Benedict XV extended the Divine Office and the Mass of this feast to the universal Church in 1921.

December 30, 2000
volume 11, no. 277

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