The Holy Family of Jesus,
Mary, and Joseph
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is known
by all Christians. There are hundreds of churches named
after the Holy Family in all parts of the world and
even a community of Sisters of the Holy Family who are
Roman Catholic Sisters helping families and children.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph of the Holy
* Jesus - The only Son of God, sent by His Father to
offer hope of eternal salvation to all of mankind.
* Mary - The mother of Jesus who miraculously conceived
Jesus while still a virgin and unmarried. She was only
a teenager when an angel appeared to her, telling her
she would give birth to a son and should name him, Jesus.
She accepted the will of God even though she risked
stoning for becoming pregnant before she was married.
* Joseph - The adoptive father of Jesus on earth. He
had a vision from God about Jesus and accepted the responsibility
of caring for Jesus and becoming the husband of Mary.
He did this in spite of public ridicule for Mary already
The Example Set by the Holy Family
The example of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is followed by
all Christian families. Today's Christians try to live
in the path of the Holy Family, asking them for strength
and guidance to remain strong in their faith. Just as
Mary remained with Jesus even while he hung on the cross,
so too, today's families strive to guide and help one
another no matter what the circumstances.
Traditions Regarding the Holy Family
* J.M.J. - It is a tradition for Catholics to write
these initials at the top of any correspondence they
send in honor of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
* Feast of the Holy Family - This is a Catholic feast
day in honor of the Holy Family. The feast falls of
the Sunday between January 7 and January 13.
* Veneration of the Holy Family - This began in the
17th century when St. Joseph was considered a vital
part of the Holy Family unit.
* Wearing Holy Family Jewelry - Wearing a Jesus, Mary,
and Joseph charm is a sign of devotion to the Holy Family.
Usually women and girls wear the charm, while men wear
a Jesus, Mary, and Joseph pendant.