December 26, 2021 

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Saint of the day

Saint Stephen (d.33)

Stephen is the first Christian martyr. The word "martyr" means “witness.” Stephen was the first of many to live and die giving witness to their undying faith in Jesus. It is the courage and willingness of those first persecuted Christians that inspired so many others to follow this new faith. (Taken from "Good News Day to Day.")


Spend a few minutes reflecting on what it means to be a witness of your faith. Would you have the courage to die for your faith? (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)


Loving God, people today are still being persecuted for their belief in you. Thank you for the witness of so many brave and noble people who gave their lives to profess their faith in you. Strengthen my courage so that I can live as you have called me to live. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 17

Place in Year: Christmas

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Daily readings

Reading I: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.

Reading II: Col 3:12-21 Or 3:12-17

Alleluia: Col 3:15A, 16A

Gospel: Lk 2:41-52

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