Designed to help young people recall the need to pray for their families and to look to the Holy Family of Nazareth as a model for their own family life.
The chaplet is prayed using a beaded chaplet chain or a rosary in the following manner:
- Start by seeking the presence of the Holy Spirit; “Come, Holy Spirit, renew my family in your love.”
- Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.
- On each of the 10 beads, say the following prayer after recalling the particular intention you are praying for:
Mary, mother of faithful love; Joseph, gentle and humble man of God;
Jesus, Son of Mary, Bless, Guide and protect the families you created.
- Close with the following prayer for families:
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, model for all Christian families, I entrust my family to your care and protection. Bless each member of my family. Help me and the members of my family to love, listen to, support and accept one another. Encourage us to challenge one another to be compassionate, merciful and forgiving as we struggle with the difficulties of our lives.
Guide us to seek goodness and holiness in our everyday choices, actions and attitudes. Encourage us when our faith is weak and when we fail to lead one another to Christ. Make our home a real dwelling place of peace, joy and love, where you are ever present among us. May we work to uphold each one’s dignity, integrity and unique contributions to the well-being and growth of our family. And when our time on earth is complete, bring us all safely home to you in the company of heaven. Amen.