Friday, 3 January 2020

# Feast

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus


The 3rd of January is the optional memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus.

The devotion of the Holy Name of Jesus was first made popular by Saint Bernadine of Siena in the 15th century, and is often characterised by the monogram IHS which is the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek. The mae “Jesus” means “God Saves.”

The following is an excerpt from Catholic Encyclopedia:

We give honour to the Name of Jesus, not because we believe that there is any intrinsic power hidden in the letters composing it, but because the Name of Jesus reminds us of all the blessings we receive through our Holy Redeemer. To give thanks for these blessings we revere the Holy Name, as we honour the Passion of of Christ by honouring His Cross (Colvenerius, “De festo SS. Nominis”, ix). At the Holy Name of Jesus we uncover our heads, and we bend our knees; it is at the head of all our undertakings, as the Emperor Justinian says in his law-book: “In the Name of Our Lord Jesus we begin all our consultations”. The Name of Jesus invoked with confidence

  • brings help in bodily needs, according to the promise of Christ: “In my name They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover”. (Mark, xvi, 17,18.) In the Name of Jesus the Apostles gave strength to the lame (Acts, iii, 6; ix, 34) and life to the dead (Acts, ix. 40).

  • It gives consolation in spiritual trials. The Name of Jesus reminds the sinner of the prodigal son’s father and of the Good Samaritan; it recalls to the just the suffering and death of the innocent Lamb of God.

  • It protects us against Satan and his wiles, for the Devil fears the Name of Jesus, who has conquered him on the Cross.

  • In the Name of Jesus we obtain every blessing and grace for time and eternity, for Christ has said: “If you ask the Father anything in my name he will give it you.” (John, xvi, 23) Therefore the Church concludes all her prayers by the words: “Through Our Lord Jesus Christ”, etc.
Head of Christ by Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina (ca. 1506) source: https://www.metmuseum.org

Our Lady of Medjugorje

March 25, 2020 Message to Marija

Dear children! I am with you all these years to lead you to the way of salvation. Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk. Be courageous and decide for holiness. You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace. I am with you and am blessing you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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