Holy Family Prayer Vigil

Holy Family Prayer Vigil

Opening Hymn:  Holy God, we praise Thy Name

(All) Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

Sign of the Cross.

Prayer of Examine:

(Leader)Holy Spirit, Love of the Trinity, come to enlighten our minds.  In union with the Blessed Virgin, shed light upon our sins, drawing them to mind, that we may more consciously implore the mercy of Almighty God and commit to uproot all vice, so as to be pleasing to You, and therefore be made worthy to spend eternity with you.

Examination of Conscience:
At this time, a few moments of silence are taken to examine one’s conscience.

(All) I confess to Almighty God,
To Blessed Mary ever Virgin,
To Blessed Michael, the Archangel,
To Blessed John the Baptist.
To the holy Apostles Peter and Paul,
St. Pius X, St. Peter Julian Eymard, St. Joan of Arc, St. Gemma,
To all the saints, and to you, my brothers and sisters
That I have sinned exceedingly
In thought, word, and deed:

(Striking breast three times)
Through my fault,
through my fault,
Through my most grievous fault;

Therefore I beseech the Blessed Mary ever Virgin,
The Blessed Michael the Archangel,
The Blessed John the Baptist,
The holy Apostles Peter and Paul
St. Pius X, St. Peter Julian Eymard, St. Joan of Arc, St. Gemma,
all the Angels and Saints, and you my brothers and sisters,
To pray for me to the Lord our God.

Eternal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of thy divine son Jesus. In union with all the masses said throughout the world today, for the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen.

Opening prayer:

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 of 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 protect us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace and concord in Christian love: in order that by living according 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 the 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, help us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal needs; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.

(ALL)Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be three times.


Colossians 3:12-21
A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord* has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ* dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.* 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks Be To God.

Psalm 27

R: Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
the guard keeps watch in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives sleep to his beloved.*

R:Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has
his quiver full of them.
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

R: Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.

Matthew 2:13-15,19-23
A reading from the Holy Gospel, According to Saint Matthew

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ 14Then Joseph* got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’
19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 20‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.’ 21Then Joseph* got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 23There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He will be called a Nazorean.’

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.

(Leader)Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament by St. Peter Julian Eymard

Tridentine Creed

I, N, with a firm faith believe and profess each and everything which is contained in the Creed which the Holy Roman Church maketh use of. To wit:

I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God. Born of the Father before all ages. God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God. Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. By whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. He was also crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, and who spoke through the prophets. And one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

I most steadfastly admit and embrace Apostolical and ecclesiastical traditions, and all other observances and constitutions of the Church.

I also admit the Holy Scripture according to that sense which our holy mother the Church hath held, and doth hold, to whom it belongeth to judge of the true sense and interpretations of the Scriptures. Neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.

I also profess that there are truly and properly Seven Sacraments of the New Law, instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all for every one; to wit, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders cannot be reiterated without sacrilege.

I also receive and admit the received and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of the aforesaid sacraments.

I embrace and receive all and every one of the things which have been defined and declared in the holy Council of Trent concerning original sin and justification.

I profess, likewise, that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; and that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially, the Body and Blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that there is made a conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, which conversion the Catholic Church calls Transubstantiation. I also confess that under either kind alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true sacrament.

I constantly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful. Likewise, that the saints, reigning together with Christ, are to be honored and invoked, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be venerated.

I most firmly assert that the images of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever virgin, and also of other Saints, ought to be had and retained, and that due honor and veneration is to be given them.

I also affirm that the power of indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.

I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church as the mother and mistress of all churches; and I promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.

I likewise undoubtedly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined, and declared by the sacred Canons, and general Councils, and particularly by the holy Council of Trent, and by the ecumenical Council of the Vatican, particularly concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible teaching. I condemn, reject, and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Church hath condemned, rejected, and anathematized.

This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved, which I now freely profess and to which I truly adhere, inviolate and with firm constancy until the last breath of life, I do so profess and swear to maintain with the help of God. And I shall strive, as far as possible, that this same faith shall be held, taught, and professed by all those over whom I have charge. I N. do so pledge, promise, and swear, so help me God and these Holy Gospels.

(All) Prayers of thanksgiving.
R: We adore you, Oh Christ and we bless You

Closing Prayer:

(Leader)Almighty and everlasting Father,

You called Jesus, Mary, and Joseph to be the examples of family unity and holiness for all eternity.  May we, your adopted sons and daughters, lay our lives down in sacrifice for each other, in imitation of the Holy Family.

(Men pray)
Eternal Father, we pray that you would make us holy men, faithful to our call to love our spouses as Christ loves the Church.  By the intercession of Saint Joseph, may we live lives of purity, humility, and holy strength.  May we be for our spouses, like Saint Joseph was for Mary.  May we support our future wives without counting the cost, and choose to love in the most difficult of times.  If it be your holy will, may we father our children with genuine patience and understanding.  May we place our trust in your providence alone, and be instruments of your love for our children.  May our manhood stand as an example to our brothers and sisters, and like Saint Joseph, may we live to point to Jesus Christ always.

(Women pray)
Almighty Father, You called the Blessed Virgin Mary to be your chosen Daughter.  May we live her virtues, especially in chastity, modesty, and most of all in humility.  May we place our confidence in Your Divine Providence, like Mary, knowing You will sustain us, especially in our weakness, and thus You will be our strength.  May we be supportive of our future husbands, encouraging and drawing them closer to the Eucharistic Heart.  May our genuine femininity, inspired by the virtues of the Blessed Mother, call the men in our lives to holiness and fidelity.  Above all, may we love you, eternal God, with our lives.

(Leader) God of the Family, you gave us Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as a model of family life.  May we imitate their virtues, and live lives of service to our future spouses, children, and family, building a stronger, holier, domestic Church.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

+ May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.


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