The gain of setting December for the Month of the Holy Family, even though some call it the Month of the Infancy of Christ, is that families in our times especially need more help with prayers, sacrifices, and penances. Too, it doesn’t leave out the Infancy of Christ at all. What a Holy Family was Mary’s, yet also the ‘family’ of the Holy Innocents ever in Heaven. While St. Stephen is the official ‘Protomartyr’ in Church history, these Innocents are officially the earliest martyrs of Christ in the Church: for they were the very first ones martyred in direct connection with Jesus Christ.
Another Holy Family threesome to go with these is that of Zachary, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist. Although St. Stephen is the ‘Protomartyr,’ in the sense of the first one after Christ, St. John the Baptist was the first adult to go a martyr in direct connection with Jesus Christ. In a way, St. Elizabeth goes with the white rose (as the holy cousin to Mary, the I.C.), St. John with the red rose, and St. Zachary with the yellow-gold rose. As gold goes with glory: the Benedictus prayer of Lauds, being of St. Zachary is of great daily honor to him, too, in the Divine Office of the Church. Relatedly for a Month of the Holy Family, as other holy families reflect the Main One of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, these 3-some holy families reflect It much. Too, the white rose can go with St. Anna, the red rose for Holy Mary (Our Lady of 7 Sorrows later: the Flight into Egypt with slaughter of the Holy Innocents, etc.), and the yellow-gold rose for St. Joachim. What holy family threesomes for our families: mainly our JMJ.
Have a Heavenly, HOLY, Hearty, Happy, Healthy Month of The Holy Family, as annually as possible!
Fr. Ed, Mexico, SOLT, yet MRMS too in spirit.
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & blessings unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.
Amatissima semper esto Maria Rosa Mystica!
Most Beloved ever be Maria Rosa Mystica!