Solemn Mass and Vespers for the Patronal Feast of Holy Family in Dayton

Holy Family, our parish apostolate in Dayton, Ohio, celebrated their Patronal Feast with a Solemn High Mass followed by Solemn Vespers. Mass was offered by Fr. Christopher Pelster, FSSP, assistant pastor, assisted by Fr. Mark Wojdelski, FSSP, pastor of Holy Family.

Solemn Vespers followed Mass, led by Fr. Wojdelski.  The origin of the Feast of the Holy Family, a more recent Feast in the history of the Church, is interesting:

The special devotion which sets forth the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue for all Christian households began in the 17th century. It commenced almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family being founded in Montreal in 1663, and the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674. Numerous other congregations and associations under the patronage of the Holy Family have been established since that time, and they are spread over the world. The archconfraternity was established by Pius IX in 1847. In 1893 Leo XIII approved a feast for Canada, and Benedict XV extended the Feast of the Holy Family to the whole Church and ordered its celebration to take place on the Sunday after the Epiphany. (Baronious Missal)

Enjoy images of Mass and Vespers, and the beautiful interior of Holy Family.


January 20, 2015