Holy Name of Jesus

slide1As a child, I was taught to bow my head whenever I heard the name of Jesus or said His name. This pious practice seems to have been lost to the Church. The parishioner’s children are no longer taught to do this, and as they grow into adults and have children of their own, they remain unaware of it. We need to change this.

The sacred name of Jesus, along with the name of G-d, it is used as blasphemy. The current culture we live in is strewn with the litter of sacrilege, most of it is disguised as “good.” (This is for another post). If only souls knew the riches of just whispering “Jesus” with reverence and wonder, a comfort comes over the soul.

I discovered a PDF by Fr. Paul O’ Sullivan, O.P., a book titled, The Wonders of the Holy Name. Within is a gem, a jewel we all should apply to our breastplate. I encourage you to read it. Below is a snippet of it.


WHAT DOES THE NAME OF JESUS MEAN?

The name Jesus comes from the Greek Iesous which was derived from the Aramaic, Yeshu. It means “Yahweh is salvation.” The name was not uncommon in biblical times, and today it is common in Arabic-speaking East and in Spanish-speaking countries. From apostolic times the name has been treated with the greatest respect, as honor is due to the name which represents My Lord.

The Holy Name of Jesus is, first of all, an all-powerful prayer. Our Lord Himself solemnly promises that whatever we ask the Father in His Name we shall receive (Matthew 7:7). G-d never fails to keep His word.

When, therefore, we say, “Jesus,” let us ask G-d for all we need with absolute confidence of being heard. For this reason, the Church ends her prayer with the words, “through Jesus Christ,” which gives the prayer a new and Divine efficacy.

But the Holy Name is something still greater.

Each time we say, “Jesus,” we give G-d infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the infinite merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. St. Paul tells us that Jesus merited the Name Jesus by His Passion and Death.

Each time we say “Jesus,” let us clearly wish to offer G-d all the Masses being said all over the world for all our intentions. We thus share in these thousands of Masses.

Each time we say “Jesus,” we gain indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, thus relieving and liberating very many of these holy souls from their awful pains. Thus they may be our best friends and pray for us – they cannot pray for themselves, however.

Each time we say “Jesus,” it is an act of perfect love, for we offer G-d the infinite love of Jesus.

The Holy Name of Jesus saves us from innumerable evils and delivers us especially from the power of the devil, who is constantly seeking to do us harm.

The Holy Name of Jesus gradually fills our souls with a peace and joy we never had before.

The Holy Name of Jesus gives us a strength that sufferings become light and easier to bear. 


FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME

This feast is celebrated on the second Sunday after Epiphany [double of the second class]. It is the central feast of all the mysteries of Christ the Redeemer; it unites all the other feasts of the Lord, as a burning-glass focuses the rays of the sun in one point, to show what Jesus is to us, what He has done, is doing, and will do for mankind. It originated towards the end of the fifteenth century, and was instituted by the private authority of some bishops in Germany, Scotland, England, Spain, and Belgium. The Office and the Mass composed by Bernardine dei Busti (d. 1500) were approved by Sixtus IV.

 

 

 

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