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Day 3

HUSBAND & WIFE
ARE CALLED TO HOLINESS

How to pray this novena
  • Choose a date and time (e.g. end of day, after dinner) to start the novena
  • Read the reflection of the day slowly in front of a crucifix or image of the Holy Family
  • Meditate on the reading and ask God to let you see what you need to understand
  • Pray one of the two prayers indicated for the day (for the married or engaged)
  • End with the Prayer for the Family and ask God for your specific request(s)

Prayer for the Day

For the Married

Lord Jesus Christ, You provide us with many opportunities in married life to grow in holiness by growing in charity. Grant that we might never overlook these occasions for growth, especially when they challenge us. May we never tire in our daily struggle to accept all things, the great and small trials as well as the greater and lesser joys, as ways in which we might praise You and deepen our share in Your Cross and Resurrection. Amen.

For the Engaged

Lord Jesus Christ, we are preparing to enter into married life, where times of joy are often mingled with moments of sorrow and difficulty. Grant that we may see all of these occasions as opportunities to grow in holiness and fidelity. By striving now to accept all things for love of You, may we strive ever more zealously to pursue holiness when we are united together in You. Amen.

Prayer for the Family
(concluding prayer)

O God our Loving Father,

Creator of all things, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, into the home of Mary and Joseph forming the Holy Family of Nazareth; inspire us by their example to imitate their selfless charity in our family life.

Through the intercession of St Josemaria, help our families to be united in the heart of Christ, enjoying a loving communion with each other, recognizing and upholding the sacredness of marriage, generously welcoming the gift of life, and valuing the inestimable gift of each family member.

Help us to dedicate ourselves in generous service to our families and to reflect the love that Christ had for Mary and Joseph, making our family a true domestic Church with Christ at its center.

Teach us to find Christ in the crosses that occur in family life and help us to find joy in them and unite them to him.

Watch over and protect our family so that each member will be faithful to the Gospel and never stray from the path of holiness. We ask you, through the intercession of St Josemaria, to grant us the favor of (make your request). Amen.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we give our hearts and souls to you.

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