Prayers and Customs
for the Home
the New Year
Prayers - Customs
About St. Nicholas
Fasts and Feasts
Fasts and Feasts:
of the Holy Family, which is celebrated the Sunday following Christmas,
is an appropriate day for prayers for a family.
leader may begin:
From the beginning, God joined man and woman together, and blessing
them with children, made them a family. Just as Jesus lived at Nazareth
with Mary and Joseph and his relatives and friends, so we find our life
here with our own flesh and blood. We ask God's blessing on our family
and our home.
to the words of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians:
on, then, garments that suit God's chosen and beloved people: compassion,
kindness,humility, gentleness, patience.
tolerant with one another and forgiving, if any of you has cause
for complaint: you must forgive as the Lord forgave you.
to bind everything together and complete the whole, there must be
Christ's peace be arbiter in your decisions,
the peace to which you were called as members of a single body.
Always be thanksful.
the gospel of Christ dwell among you in all its richness; teach
and instruct one another with all the wisdom it gives you.
some moments of silence, prayers for the family may be offered, especially
for those members who have died. Then all say:
bless our family
and all its members and friends;
bind us together by your love.
Give us kindness and patience
to support each other;
and wisdom in all we do.
Let the gift of your peace
come into our hearts
and remain with us.
May we rejoice in your blessings
for all our days.