Prayer Resources for the Feast of the Holy Family

27 Dec 2019

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. We celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on the last Sunday of the year which this year falls on 29 December. The primary purpose of this feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families.Today is the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

We are praying for all families today and invite you to use the following prayer resources and to pray for the intentions of families today.


Pope Francis: Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

Pope Francis

Pope Saint John Paul II’s Prayer for Families

“May the Holy Family, who had to overcome many painful trials, watch over all the families in the world, especially those who are experiencing difficult situations.  May the Holy Family also help men and women of culture and political leaders so that they may defend the institution of the family, based on marriage, and so that they may sustain the family as it confronts the grave challenges of the modern age! . . .  may Christian families find the light and strength to be united and to grow as the ‘domestic church’ especially in their diligent participation in the celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday.

Saint John Paul II,  – Prayer from Angelus Message for the Feast of the Holy Family 2004

Prayer for the World Meeting of Families 2018
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[We pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

A Child’s Prayer for Parents and Family

O God, bless our home, our family, friends and

neighbours; and give us thankful hearts for all

your mercies. Amen.

Dear God, I am glad that you love daddy and

mammy and me and everybody. I want to love

You, too, and to grow up to be strong and good.

Bless us today and keep us in your care. Dear

Father in heaven, I thank you for Jesus who came

to bring us your love, and to teach us to love one

another; for Mary who carried your Son; for

Joseph who protected them both in the Holy

Family. Help our family to be made perfect in

their example. Amen.


A Child’s Prayer for Parents

Heavenly Father, I thank you for my father and

mother and for our home. Bless us all and help us

to love you and in love to serve one another as

Jesus taught us to do. Give me strength to do

what is right today and to do for others what I

would want them to do for me. Amen.


A Child’s Prayer for their Father

I thank you, Lord, for my father. Grant me to

realise the depth of his love for me so often left

unspoken, and to appreciate his great and

continuous sacrifices.

His fatherly care reflects your divine care; his

strength, your power; his understanding, your

wisdom. He is your faithful servant and image.

Bless him with peace of soul, health of body and

success in his life. Amen.

Stephen Cummins


A Child’s Prayer for their Mother

I thank you, Lord, for my mother. Let me never

forget the depth of her love

for me and to appreciate her many and

continuous sacrifices.

Her motherly care reflects your divine care; her

strength, your power; her understanding, your


Bless her Lord with peace of soul, health of mind

and body and be for her

a source of strength and support. Amen.

Stephen Cummins


Thanks for My Family

Lord Jesus,

You also needed a mother and a father to grow.

Thanks for my parents.

What would my life be without them?

Help me to be always grateful for

the gift which they are to me.

Rev Peter Murphy


For Children (by Parents)

Blessed are you, Lord God,

giver of life and love;

we thank you for the gift of our children;

may they grow before you in wisdom and grace;

through Christ our Lord.


The Veritas Book of Blessing Prayers


The Family

Blessed are you, Lord our God, giver of life:

give your strength and wisdom to the father of

this family.

Blessed are you, Holy Spirit, bearer of love:

give your compassion and understanding to the

mother of this family.

Blessed are you, Son of God, eternal wisdom:

give your knowledge and truth to the children of

this family.

(Blessed are you, Holy Trinity, eternal and

almighty: shadow with your protecting wings the

absent/departed members of this family.)

Father, we want to live as Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in peace with you and with one another.

By following their example in mutual love and

respect may we come to the joy of our

home in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May his face shine upon you and be gracious to


May he look upon you with kindness, and give

his peace.

May almighty God bless you, the Father and Son,

+ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Veritas Book of Blessing Prayers


Prayers for Families

Lord, we thank you for our family.

Bless each one of us in our uniqueness

and let us use our gifts and talents to ensure

unity and love within our family now and always.


Stephen Cummins


Lord, you chose to enter the world as a member

of a family. Take care of all families. May they be

sources of love and security for all family

members, where each person is valued and given

the chance to reach their full potential.

Stephen Cummins


For all our families, who welcome Christ into

their lives; that they learn to receive him in the

poor and suffering people of this world.

Stephen Cummins


A Family Prayer

God our Father,

your Son, Jesus Christ,

is our Way, our Truth and our Life.

His way of being human shapes our

understanding of the human person and

of human relationships of every kind.

In a special way it shapes our

understanding of ourselves as a family.

Trying to live as Jesus lived –

respectful, forgiving, helpful and

caring towards one another –

is a daily challenge to every person

in this family of ours.

We are in constant need of your

forgiveness and help. May your

Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Jesus

himself – bind us together in love.

Together, as a family, may we face with

hope and confidence whatever suffering or

sorrow may come our way.

May our hearts be ever open to the needs

of other families and individuals

everywhere in our world.

We make this prayer through

Christ our Lord.