Bidding Prayers for the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family  
God humbled himself to be born of a human family and sanctified family life forever.
For the needs of our families and our world, we now pray.
We pray that the many ministries of the Church may strengthen family life throughout
the world.                                                                        (pause) Lord in your mercy,
We pray for all Christians that they may preach the good news of Jesus Christ
through their chosen lifestyles, in their role as parent, spouse, single person, priest or religious, to give glory to God and witness to each other.    (pause) Lord in your mercy, 
We pray that the family may become ever more the sanctuary of life where all are welcomed as a gift rather than a burden.                          (pause) Lord in your mercy, 
We pray that those in our own families who are ill may enjoy the consolation of the
Lord and experience new strength in the presence of their loved ones. 
                                                                                   (pause) Lord in your mercy, 
We pray that families may spend more time together honouring, listening to and learning from their members who have the blessings and wisdom of many years of life. 
                                                                                  (pause) Lord in your mercy, 
We now turn to Mary, Mother of the Holy Family, to intercede for us as we pray together:  Hail Mary...
Let us now pray in silence for a few moments for our own intentions.
You have made us your family.
As you answer our prayers,
strengthen us by the example of
the Holy Family of Nazareth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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