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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Sunday of the Holy Family
Memory of Laurindo and Madora, young Mozambicans of the Community of Sant’Egidio who died because of the war. With them we remember all of the young people killed because of conflict and the violence of humanity.

Reading of the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God in the highest
and peace on earth to the people he loves.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 2, 41-52

Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.

When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual.

When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it.

They assumed he was somewhere in the party, and it was only after a day's journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances.

When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere.

It happened that, three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions;

and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies.

They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, 'My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.'

He replied, 'Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?'

But they did not understand what he meant.

He went down with them then and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with people.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Holy Family Sunday