Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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El Bautismo de Cristo, by Juan de Pareja, 1667


…the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Luke 3:2-3

 

And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.

Luke 3:15-16

 

Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Luke 3:21-22

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

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Epiphany, by Francisco Herrera, 1653

“The star beckoned the three wise men out of their distant country and led them to recognize and adore the King of heaven and earth. The obedience of the star calls us to imitate its humble service to be servants, as best we can, of the grace that invites all men to find Christ.”

St. Leo the Great

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Child Jesus, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1675-1682

Prayer to the Holy Family

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.