The proud parents, Mary and Joseph, took Jesus at the end of forty days to the Temple in Jerusalem, “To present Him to the Lord,” as was Jewish custom and offer a sacrifice, “A pair of doves or two young pigeons”. (Luke 2:22, 24)
Mary and Joseph rigorously followed Jewish custom during Jesus’ childhood, doing as the law stated.
Jesus’ teachings delivered a new Gospel and today, we have new customs, the sacraments and other celebrations.
Pray that all families will adhere to Jesus’ laws.
Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to do what is right for my family and may my actions be a shining example for others to learn from.
Prayer: Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O Good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds, Lord, hide me
Suffer me, not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
that I may praise Thee with Thy Saints and Angels,
forever and ever. Amen.