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Feast of The Holy Name of Jesus
January 3

The Name of JESUS is the shortest, the easiest,
and the most powerful of prayers.

Everyone can say it, even in the midst of daily work.

Our Lord Himself has solemnly promised
that whatever we ask the Father in His Name
we shall receive.

(provided, of course, that it be for His glory and the good of our soul).

Each time we pronounce the holy Name of JESUS
with reverence and love,
and with proper intention,
we give great glory to God and obtain for ourselves
priceless graces.

 

Each time we say JESUS, we may, in desire :

Make an act of perfect love, offering to God
all the infinite love of His Divine Son
as if it were our own.

Offer the Passion and Death of Our Lord
to the Eternal Father for His greater glory
and our own intentions.

Offer to God all the infinite merits and perfections
of Jesus.

Offer all the Holy Masses said each day
throughout the world, for the glory of God
and the good of our own and others' souls.

Each time we say JESUS, we increase in our souls
the virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

Our faith becomes more lively,
our confidence in God greater,
and our love more intense.

The holy Name of JESUS saves us
from innumerable evils and dangers,
helps us to overcome temptations, and delivers us
from the power of the devil, who is constantly seeking
to do us harm.

 

 

The holy Name of JESUS fills our souls
with peace and joy, and gives us strength
to bear our trials and sufferings
with patience and resignation.

Each time we say JESUS, we can gain
an indulgence of 300 days, which we may apply
to the souls in purgatory, thus relieving and liberating
many of them from their awful pains,
and gaining for ourselves friends who will pray for us
with incredible fervor.

It is also necessary, to gain the papal indulgence
in the hour of death, to pronounce at least in mind
the Name of Jesus

 

The emblem or monogram representing
the Holy Name of Jesus consists of
the three letters: IHS

 

A special lover of the Holy Name was St. Bernard,
who speaks of it in most glowing terms
in many of his sermons.
But the greatest promoters of this devotion
were St. Bernardine of Siena and St. John Capistran.
They carried with them on their missions
a copy of the monogram of the Holy Name,
surrounded by rays, painted on a wooden tablet;
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.
They recommended their hearers
to have the monogram of Jesus placed over
the gates of the cities and above the doors of their home. 

Because the manner in which St. Bernardine
preached this devotion was new,
he was accused by his enemies,
and brought before the tribunal of Pope Martin V.
But St. John Capistran defended his master so successfully
that the pope not only permitted
the worship of the Holy Name,
but also assisted at a procession
in which the holy monogram was carried.
The tablet used by St. Bernardine is venerated
at Santa Maria in Ara Coeli at Rome.

 

 

 

We ought, therefore, to try to acquire the habit of saying
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS,
very often every day, with fervent love and devotion
-when dressing, when working
-no matter what we are doing,
in moments of sadness and in moments of joy,
at home, in company, on the street,
when walking, riding, or waiting.

We can say it countless times every day,
and thus gain untold graces and blessings for ourselves
and for the whole world.

Nothing is easer, if only we do it with all our heart.

The frequent repetition of the Name of Jesus
is far from tiring.

It gives us  joy, a peace, a happiness we never had before.

We can say it for example:

When working-no matter what we may be doing
- we can go on saying Jesus at home, in the streets,
walking or driving in cars, anywhere and everywhere.

When ladies go shopping, when men go and return
from their work, when workers are toiling all the day long,
they can easily get into the habit of repeating Jesus.
No effort is required, all we have to do
is to let this blessed Name flow from our hearts and lips.

The one thing that we have to do is to form tbe habit
of constantly saying Jesus.
In the beginning we must give It care and attention
in order to acquire the custom of saying it.

Then we shall have an immense treasure in our hands
for the rest of our lives.


 

 

PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY NAME OF JESUS
by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast!
Yet sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest.
No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesus' name,
The Savior of mankind.
O hope of every contrite heart!
0 joy of all the meek!
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!
But what to those who find?
Ah! this Nor tongue nor pen can show
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.
Jesus! our only hope be Thou,
As Thou our prize shalt be;
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity.
Amen

 

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus was most 

likely composed by St. John Capistrano (1386-1456)
and by St. Bernadine of Siena (1380-1444) who both 

preached extensively on the devotion
to the Name of Jesus.
The Litany was approved for private use
by Pope Sixtus V in 1585. The present form
was approved by Pope Pius IX for local use in 1862. 
In 1866 Pope Leo XIII approved it for public use
in the Universal Church. 

Members of the Confraternity of the Holy Names
of God and Jesus can receive a partial indulgence
for reciting this prayer. 

Lord, have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have Mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord have Mercy.
Jesus, hear us. Jesus hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us. Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of Glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Sun of Justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of Peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of Virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the Poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal Wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite Goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Way and our Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From every evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From every sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From your wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the temptation of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of your inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.
By the mystery of your Holy Incarnation, deliver us, O 

Jesus.
By your Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your most divine Life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Labors, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Cross and Dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Death and Burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, 

O Jesus.
By your Joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Glory, deliver us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare 

us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 

graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have 

mercy on us. 


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


Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, you who said: Ask and

you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it

shall be opened to you; grant we beseech you, to us who

ask the gift of your most divine love, that we may ever

love you with our whole heart and with all our words and

deeds, and may never cease from praising you. Make us,

O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of your holy

Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom

you bring up in your steadfast fear and love: who lives

and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Holy Name Society traces its roots
to the Council of Lyons in the year 1274.
The Albigensian Heresy was posing a serious challenge
to the Medieval Church. This heresy was devastating

society – it challenged the divinity of Christ,
repudiated all of the sacraments of the Church
and encouraged taking one’s life.
Pope Gregory X convened a special council of Bishops
in Lyons, France. The Council prescribed
that the faithful should have a special devotion
to the Holy Names of God and Jesus
in reparation of the insults offered to it
by the Albigensian blasphemers.
The Dominican Order was asked to spread this devotion
in a special letter to Blessed John of Vercelli,
Master General of the Dominican Order.
The Dominican’s fervently executed the pope’s command,

preaching everywhere the power and glory of the Holy

Name of Jesus.

Through the efforts of St. Bernardine of Siena

(1380-1444) and St. John Capistran (1385-1456)
to promote devotion to the most Holy Name of Jesus
in the lay faithful, the Franciscan Order initiated

Confraternities to the Holy Name of Jesus
in the 16th century. Pope Julius II (1503-1513)
granted two separate indulgences to this confraternity.


The Holy Name Society was founded in order to promote

the following:
 

  • Reverence for the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, the

Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and to praise and

venerate the Most Holy Name of God.

  • Sanctification of Holy Name Members by the frequent

reception of the sacraments and by faithful

correspondence with the grace of their state of life;

  • To foster observance of the promises in
    the Holy Name Pledge

 

 


Holy Name Pledge

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ true God and true Man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
I believe O Jesus.
That Thou are the Christ.
The Son of the Living God.
I proclaim my love.
For the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
I believe all that as sacred truths
Which the Holy Catholic Church
Believes and teaches.
I promise to give good example
By the regular practice
Of my faith.
In honor of His Divine Name
I pledge myself against perjury
Blasphemy, profanity and obscene speech.
I pledge my loyalty
To the flag of my country.
And to the God given principles
Of freedom, justice and happiness.
For which it stands.
I pledge my support
To all lawful authority
I dedicate myself
To the honor of the Sacred Name of Jesus
And beg that He will keep the faithful
To these pledges
Until Death.
Amen.