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Consecration to the Holy Family of Nazareth

O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,
dwell in our hearts and be our King;
grant us by Your grace to love each other truly and chastely,
even as You have loved Your spotless Bride, the Church,
and have given Yourself up for her.

Bestow upon us that mutual love and Christian forbearance
which are so highly acceptable in Your sight,
and a mutual patience in bearing each other’s defects;
for we are certain that no living creature is free from them.
Do not permit even the slightest defect to mar that full and gentle harmony of spirit, the foundation of the mutual assistance in the many and varied hardships of life, that is the end for which woman was created and united inseparably to her husband.

**O Lord God, grant that between us there may reign
a perpetual holy rivalry toward life perfectly Christian,
by virtue of which there may shine forth more and more
clearly the divine image of Your mystic union with
Your Holy Church, as you have deigned to imprint it
upon us on the auspicious day of being made one.

Grant, we beseech You, that our good example of
Christian living may serve as a powerful inspiration to our
children to conform their own lives in Your holy law;
and finally, after this exile may we ascend into heaven,
where by the help of Your grace, for which we earnestly pray,
we may merit to be joined with our children forever and
praise and bless You through everlasting ages. Amen.

(300 days’ indulgences, S. Paen. Ap., 11 Dec 1923 ; 25 Nov 1936 )

Father Francis Filas, S. J.; The Family for Families , The Neumann Press, Long Prairie , Minnesota , 56347

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