Oil dedicated to the Holy Family on prayer cloth
The Holy Family consists of the Child Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph. Veneration formally begun in the 17th century by Saint François de Laval. The first bishop of New France who founded a Confraternity.
The Feast is a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church in honor of Jesus, his mother, and his legal father, Saint Joseph, as a family. The primary purpose of this feast is to present as a model for Christian families.
The Gospels speak little of the life in the years before Jesus’ public ministry.
Matthew and Luke narrate the episodes from this period of Christ’s life. Namely his circumcision and later Presentation, the flight to Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the Finding in the Temple. Joseph and Mary were apparently observant Jews. As Luke narrates that they brought Jesus with them on the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem with other Jewish families.
In Western Christianity, however, a cult of veneration for the Holy Family as a group, rather than as individuals. Did not arise until the 17th century and not officially recognized. Until the feast day formally instituted in 1921 under Pope Benedict XV.
Originally celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany bringing it within the Christmas season.
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