St Francis of Assisi, Petts Wood

For it is in giving that we receive.

The Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is a service of celebration within the church in honor of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as a family unit.

The purpose of this feast is to commemorate their life together, and the celebration focuses on religious family life.

This feast or service was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 but was not officially recognised until the feast day was formally instituted in 1921 under Pope Benedict XV and since 1969 when a general revision of services was untaken.  This service falls somewhere between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day or to give it a fancy description within the Octave of Christmas or the Christmas season.