They returned to Galilee, to their own town

Our Father, who art in heaven, you have given us a model of life

in the Holy Family of Nazareth.


Help us, most loving Father, to make a new Nazareth

of our own families, where joy and peace will reign.


May it be deeply contemplative,

fervently eucharistic and joyfully vibrant.


Help us to stay together through good and ill

thanks to our praying as a family.


Teach us to encounter Jesus

in every member of our own families,

especially those who suffer and are wounded.


May the eucharistic Heart of Jesus

make our hearts as meek and humble as his (Mt 11:29).


Help us to fulfill our vocation as a family in holiness.


May we love one another as God loves each one of us

more and more every day,

and forgive each other's faults

as you forgive our sins.


Most loving Father, help us 

to accept all you give to us

and give all you take from us

with a big smile.


Immaculate heart of Mary, cause of our joy,

pray for us.


Holy Guardian Angels

be always with us,

guiding us and protecting us.




--Saint Teresa of Calcutta