Rounding out the Octave of Christmas "week of feasts" we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family on Friday of last week, the 30th of December. This feast usually falls on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year, but with the fullest schedule of any year, this year it took its place on the 30th.
Very appropriately at this Christmastime the Church places her focus upon the Holy Family - Mary and her child and her husband and love, Joseph, who embraced them both with love and tenderness, protection and devotion. This family unit, simple and pure in love and commitment, is given to us as a model, and example of what family means. It is a reflection of the beauty of the family of God of which we are called to embrace.
On Christmas eve, a member of our adult choir, Jerry Naylor, sang a song that I had never heard before, entitled "Joseph's Song". I found it on youtube, and it was powerful. Joseph is such a quiet, unassuming individual whose love speaks volumes. May the Holy Family of Nazareth inspire all families to live in love and joy.
Saturday the 31st is the feast of Saint Sylvester ... and then comes January 1st - New Year's Day and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. (Theotokos) What an outstanding week of feasts and what a week of celebrating Christmas.