“It is the divine name that alone brings salvation…”(CCC #432)
The month of January is dedicated to the Holy name of Jesus. Take time to celebrate its power and significance this month, for the name of Jesus is truly the “Name above all Names.”
Invocation of the Holy Name
Say this prayer many times throughout the day this month:
“Blessed be the most holy Name of Jesus without end!”
The Sacred Scriptures and Saints
St. Paul tells us “…in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (Philippians 2:10). Mark writes, “In my name…they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18). And Jesus himself tells us, "If you ask the Father anything in my name he will give it you." (John 16:23) Although the name of Jesus has been respected since the days of the Apostles, it has been honored with a special feast day since the end of the fifteenth century. St. Bernard, St. Bernardine of Siena, and St. John Capistran are among the saints who have had a special devotion to the name of Jesus.
Under His Protection
The monogram for the Holy Name of Jesus is the three letters IHS, which come from consonants in the Greek word for Jesus--IHSOUS. Over time, IHS has also become associated with the first letters of the Latin phrase "Iesus Hominum Salvator" (Jesus, Savior of Men). The letters IHS were often inscribed above doorways in medieval Italy for protection of the inhabitants.
Write the name of Jesus with chalk above your office door.
God calls us by Name
In Hebrew the name Jesus means “God saves” and reminds us that God the Father and Jesus are one. Read the account of the naming of Jesus in Matthew 1:21-23.
Share stories about how you were given your name.
Share the Good News
Pope Francis calls us to witness to our faith by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with joy and zeal.
Order Discipleship Holy Cards at www.osvparish.com and hand them out at all Masses in January.
Call His Name!
Did you know? Jesus is called by more than 100 different titles in the New Testament. Here are a few:
- Bread of life
- Christ (the anointed one)
- Emmanuel (God with us)
- Good shepherd
- Holy one of God
- King of Kings
- Lamb of God
- Light of the World
- Messiah (the anointed one)
- Prince of Peace
- Resurrection and Life