The Gospels speak little of the life of the Holy Family in the years before Jesus’ public ministry. Matthew and Luke narrate the episodes from this period of Christ’s life, namely his circumcision and later Presentation, the flight to Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the Finding in the Temple. Joseph and Mary were apparently observant Jews, as Luke narrates that they brought Jesus with them on the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem with other Jewish families.
Veneration of the Holy Family was formally begun in the 17th century by Saint François de Laval, the first bishop of New France, who founded a Confraternity.
The feast was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 and set on the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany.
The Feast of the Holy Family is a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church in honor of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his foster father, Saint Joseph, as a family. The primary purpose of this feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families. Since the 1969 revision of the General Roman Calendar, the feast is celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, that is, the Sunday between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (both exclusive), or if both Christmas Day and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God are Sundays, on 30 December (always a Friday in such years). It is a holy day of obligation only if it falls on a Sunday (as is any Sunday).
Prayer to the Holy Family:
Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.
Shipping: The artwork will be sealed in a waterproof sleeve and packaged in a sturdy cardboard mailer for shipping.
Drawings purchased are for private use only.
All rights to this image remain with the artist Helena-Alexandra Reut, who may reproduce, copy, print or use it for any other type of art.
✶ In addition to the artworks presented here, it is possible to commission original handmade drawing of any Saint.
✶ Also you can includ personalized prayers, with names or dedication, for the same price.
✶ If you have any questions, please message me. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for looking!