Categories: HomiliesPublished On: January 3rd, 2023Tags: , 344 words10.4 min read
Holy Name of Jesus

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The Holy Name of Jesus

This memorial is a remembrance and celebration of the conferral of the Holy Name of Jesus. A separate votive Mass under this title is found in the revised Roman Missal, and may be used for an annual celebration, or as an expression of devotion which is part of the tradition and spirituality of a religious order.

It was formerly listed as the Sunday between 1 and 6 January if one occurs. Instituted in the 15th century by the bishops of Germany, Scotland, England, and Belgium. It was extended to the universal Church in 1721. There is a commemoration in the Mass of the Octave of Saint Stephen if the feast is held on the second of Saint John on the third, and of the Holy Innocents on the fourth of January.

“O God, who hast caused the most glorious name of thine only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to be loved by thy faithful people with the greatest affection ; and hast made it to all evil spirits a source of terror and dismay: grant that all those who devoutly venerate this holy name of Jesus here on earth may in this present life enjoy therefrom the sweetness of holy consolation, and in the life to come may obtain the joy of never-ending gladness.” – Sarum Missal

Note: What is the Sarum Missal? The Use of Sarum (or Use of Salisbury, also known as the Sarum Rite) is the Latin liturgical rite developed at Salisbury Cathedral and used from the late eleventh century until the English Reformation. It is largely identical to the Roman rite, with about ten per cent of its material drawn from other sources. I used the above prayer to impress upon everyone just how great and wonderful the name of Jesus is. Never hesitate to use His Name in any situation.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen