Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus


Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is celebrated in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar observance found in the liturgical calendar, at least at local level, since the end of the fifteenth century. The veneration of the Holy Name was extended to the whole Roman Catholic Church 20 December 1721, during the pontificate of Innocent XIII.

The celebration has been held on different dates, usually in January, for 1 January, eight days after Christmas, commemorates the circumcision of the child Jesus; as recounted in the Gospel read on that day, "at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb" ().

Franciscans, Carmelites, and Augustinians kept the feast on 14 January; Dominicans 15 January; in some localities the date was 8 January, in others 31 January, in some localities in Great Britain on 7 August. The date of the second Sunday after Epiphany was chosen by the Carthusians, then by Spain in general. This was the date assigned to the celebration when, in 1721, it was inserted into the General Calendar of the Latin Church. In the reform of Pope Pius X, it was moved to the Sunday between January 2 and 5 inclusive; in years when no such Sunday existed the celebration was observed on 2 January. This is still kept by Traditionalist Catholics.

The reform of the liturgical calendar by the motu proprio "Mysterii Paschalis" of 14 February 1969 removed the feast, "since the imposition of the name of Jesus is already commemorated in the office of the Octave of Christmas." However, the Mass texts of the Holy Name of Jesus were preserved, being placed with the Votive Masses. (See "Variationes in Calendarium Romanum Inductae" in "Calendarium Romanum" [Vatican Polyglot Press, 1969] , page 115.) The celebration was restored to the General Roman Calendar with the 2002 Roman Missal, assigned as an optional memorial to the first free day after 1 January, namely 3 January.

In some Anglican churches including the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the Anglican Church of Canada, the feast is observed on 1 January. In the Church of England, the calendar of the 1662 "Book of Common Prayer" stipulates a festival The Name of Jesus to be observed on 7 August, but there is no such festival in the calendar of the more recent liturgical resource "Common Worship".

In the Lutheran Church, the Festival of the Holy Name of Jesus is celebrated on January 1.

Veneration of the Holy Name

The veneration of the Holy Name was encouraged by the example of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who apostrophized it in many sermons. But the greatest promoters of this devotion were St. Bernardino of Siena and his follower St. John Capistrano. "They carried with them on their missions in the turbulent cities of Italy a copy of the monogram of the Holy Name, surrounded by rays, painted on a wooden tablet, wherewith they blessed the sick and wrought great miracles. At the close of their sermons they exhibited this emblem to the faithful and asked them to prostrate themselves, to adore the Redeemer of mankind." ("Catholic Encyclopedia") The practice of showing the monogram of Jesus over gates and above doors largely begins with their exhortations, which had an unorthodox air that brought Bernardino before the tribunal of Pope Martin V. But St. John Capistrano defended his master so successfully that the pope not only permitted the veneration of the Holy Name, but also assisted at a procession in which the holy monogram was carried. The tablet used by St. Bernardino is venerated at the basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli at Rome.

ee also

*Roman Catholic calendar of saints
*General Roman Calendar as in 1954
*Liturgical year
*Catholic beliefs on the power of prayer

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
"R. Christ, have mercy on us."
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
"R. Jesus, graciously hear us."
V. God the Father of Heaven
"R. Have mercy on us."
V. God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
"R. Have mercy on us."
V. God the Holy Ghost,
"R. Have mercy on us."
V. Holy Trinity, one God,
"R. Have mercy on us."
V. Jesus, Son of the living God, "R. Have mercy on us."
Jesus, splendor of the Father, [etc.]
Jesus, brightness of eternal light.
Jesus, King of glory.
Jesus, sun of justice.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus, most amiable.
Jesus, most admirable.
Jesus, the mighty God.
Jesus, Father of the world to come.
Jesus, angel of great counsel.
Jesus, most powerful.
Jesus, most patient.
Jesus, most obedient.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Jesus, lover of chastity.
Jesus, lover of us.
Jesus, God of peace.
Jesus, author of life.
Jesus, example of virtues.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls.
Jesus, our God.
Jesus, our refuge.
Jesus, father of the poor.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful.
Jesus, good Shepherd.
Jesus, true light.
Jesus, eternal wisdom.
Jesus, infinite goodness.
Jesus, our way and our life.
Jesus, joy of Angels.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles.
Jesus, teacher of the Evangelists.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs.
Jesus, light of Confessors.
Jesus, purity of Virgins.
Jesus, crown of all Saints.

V. Be merciful unto us, "R. spare us, O Jesus."
V. Be merciful unto us, "R. graciously hear us, O Jesus."

V. From all evil, "R. deliver us, O Jesus."
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Thy wrath, [etc.]
From the snares of the devil.
From the spirit of uncleanness.
From everlasting death.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations.
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation.
Through Thy Nativity.
Through Thy Infancy.
Through Thy most divine Life.
Through Thy labors.
Through Thine agony and passion.
Through Thy cross and dereliction.
Through Thy faintness and weariness.
Through Thy death and burial.
Through Thy Resurrection.
Through Thine Ascension.
Through Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist.
Through Thy joys.
Through Thy glory.

V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
"R. spare us, O Jesus."
V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
"R. graciously hear us, O Jesus."
V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
"R. have mercy on us, O Jesus."

V. Jesus, hear us.
"R. Jesus, graciously hear us."

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who saidst, "Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Grant, we beseech Thee, to us Thy suppliants, the gift of Thy most divine love, that we may love Thee with our whole heart, and in all our words and works, and never cease from praising Thee.

O Lord, give us a perpetual fear as well as love of Thy Holy Name, for Thou never ceasest to govern those Thou foundest upon the strength of Thy love. Who livest and reignest world without end. "R. Amen."

External links

* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07421a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: "Holy Name of Jesus"]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07420a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: "Feast of the Holy Name"]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10673a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: "Religious Communities of the Name of Jesus"]
* [http://www.holynamesociety.info/index1.shtml: "National Association of the Holy Name Society"]


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