By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In February, it is the Holy Family, the perfect example of family life for all Christians. In these prayers to the Holy Family, we meditate on the example of the Holy Family and ask the Holy Family to intercede on behalf of our families. Some or all of the following prayers to the Holy Family can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month.
It's a good practice to memorize short prayers to recite throughout the day, to keep our thoughts focused on our life as Christians. This short invocation is appropriate at any time, but especially at night, before we go to bed.
We should be ever mindful of the end of our lives, and live each day as if it might be our last. This prayer to Christ, asking Him to grant us the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph at the hour of our death, is a good evening prayer.
Christ could have come to earth in any number of ways, yet God chose to send His Son as a Child born into a family. In so doing, He set the Holy Family as an example for us all, and made the Christian family more than a natural institution. In this prayer, we ask God to keep the example of the Holy Family always before us, so that we will imitate them in our family life.
In this prayer, we consecrate our family to the Holy Family, and ask the aid of Christ, Who was the perfect Son; Mary, who was the perfect mother; and Joseph, who, as foster father of Christ, sets the example for all fathers. Through their intercession, we hope that our entire family may be saved. This is the ideal prayer to begin February, the Month of the Holy Family.
Having a picture of the Holy Family in a prominent place in our house is a good way to remind ourselves that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph should be the model in all things for our family life. This Daily Prayer Before a Picture of the Holy Family is a wonderful way for a family to participate in this devotion.
This traditional Prayer in Honor of the Holy Family is meant to be recited in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It is a very good post-Communion prayer.
This traditional Novena to the Holy Family reminds us that our family is the primary classroom in which we learn the truths of the Catholic Faith, and that the Holy Family should always be the model for our own. If we imitate the Holy Family, our family life will always be in conformity with the teachings of the Church, and it will serve as a shining example to others of how to live the Christian Faith.