The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is historically associated with the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus. According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth, a male child was circumcised and received his name, thus becoming a full member of God’s covenant people. The name ‘Jesus’ means ‘God Saves’ and is the name that St. Joseph was instructed by an angel to name the Divine Child, the sacred name before which “every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11). Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus was popularized by St. Bernardine of Siena in the 15th century, often symbolized by the monogram IHS (denoting the first three letters of the Greek spelling of Jesus’ name). Today the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is celebrated on January 3rd.
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At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name through all the earth!.“
Flog your enemies with the Most Holy Name of JESUS, for there is no weapon more powerful in heaven or on earth!”
Saint John Climacus
Jesus, god saves, have mercy on us.
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.