O Lord, God
of goodness and mercy,
Who in the midst of an evil
and sinful world
hast presented to the society
of the redeemed
the Holy Family
as a spotless mirror of piety, justice
behold how the family
is being undermined on all sides,
every effort being made to desecrate it
by stripping it of faith, religion
Regard the work of Thy own hands.
Safeguard in our homes
the domestic virtues,
for these alone will
ensure us harmony
Come and stir up the champions of the family.
Bestir the modern apostles
so that in Thy Name,
bearing the message of Jesus Christ
and exhibiting holiness
they may revive the doctrines of conjugal fidelity for married couples,
the exercise of authority by parents,
obedience on the part of children
and modesty on the part of girls.
Grant also through the efforts of these apostles,
that the home favoured by Thee with many blessings
may again become an object of esteem and love
in the minds and hearts of all.
It is through the examples of the Divine model of Nazareth
that the Christian family
is to be restored in Jesus Christ
and to recover its former respect and dignity.
Then every home will
again become a sanctuary
and in every household will
be rekindled the flame of faith
to teach patience in adversity
and moderation in prosperity
and to promote order, peace and harmony
in all things.
Under Thy paternal gaze, O Lord,
and with confidence in Thy Providence
and in the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary
the family will
become a sanctuary
and a school of wisdom.
It shall prove, as Christ
a haven of rest against life's burdens.
In the sight of the world it shall render glory
to Thee, O Father,
and to Thy Son, Jesus, until the day when,
through Him, we shall, together with all His members,
sing the Divine praises in the eternal ages to come.
(By Pope Pius XII)
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defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray;
and do you,
O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God
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