Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph
were filled with wonder at all that was said of the child.
“Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate him.
“Here we can learn to realize who Christ really is. And here we can sense and take account of the conditions and circumstances that surrounded and affected his life on earth: the places, the tenor of the times, the culture, the language, religious customs, in brief everything which Jesus used to make himself known in the world. Here everything speaks to us, everything has meaning. Here we can learn the importance of spiritual discupline for all who wish to follow Christ and to live by the teachings of his Gospel.”
— Pope Paul VI
From an address delivered in Nazareth on January 5, 1964
help us to live as the holy family,
united in respect and love.
Bring us to the joy and peace of your eternal home.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.