WDTPRS – Sunday 31 Dec – Holy Family: We must pray that God be appeased.
Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is the Feast of the Holy Family. In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated on Sunday, 7 January.
Our liturgical, seasonal context is Octave of the Nativity of the Lord. An “octave” is a period of eight days when liturgical time is suspended during an octave and the feast continues uninterrupted. In imitation of creation and the final summation of the universe at the end of all things, we rest within the Christmas mystery and consider it from different angles in our liturgical worship.