Consecration to the Holy Family
Sunday December 29th Sacred Heart Church, 11:00 Mass.
Father McGivney sought to strengthen the familial bond of father to mother and children to parents. His vision for family life was not only financial and material aid but also spiritual strength. The majority of our time is easily spent in secular circles unless we intentionally create ways to live the domestic church.
Families today face many struggles, both through cultural pressure and through the personal struggles that accompany family life. Despite these struggles — and partly as a result of conquering them — families have great capacity for love and joy, a joy that is strengthened through the peace and truth found in Christ.
To assist families in living out this joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori has composed a prayer through which families may come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family.We invite ever family of our parish to engage in the Consecration to the Holy Family.
How to Prepare:
The word consecration literally means "association with the sacred", and as such it requires a much larger commitment than simply reciting a prayer off of a card. To receive the full benefit of intercession from the Holy Family, one must cleanse the body, mind and soul.The decision to consecrate your family needs to be intentional and a process through which you completely surrender to God through the Holy Family. You are accepting the truth that salvation history was changed forever by a family, and that through your domestic church, you are called to live their example.
Four suggested steps before praying theConsecration to the Holy Family:
1 Discuss the importance of this consecrationas a family and why you are doing it.
2 Each member of your family is strongly encouraged to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
3 As a family, intentionally choose something to fast from. The fast can be for at least a week. As our physical bodies are drawn to things of the world, it is strongly encouraged that you fast from something that you would normally do or consume. Fasting helps to discipline our minds and hearts to refrain from secular activities and be more focused on God.
4 Prepare for the commitment you are making. Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. You have chosen away of life for your family. You and your family are consciously choosing to be a beacon of light of God’s love through his Church.