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Saturday, January 01, 2011

FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS [Jan. 2, 2011]
From "The Saint Andrew Daily Missal" (1937)


In the Name of Jesus let every knee bow of those that are in heaven
(angels) on earth (men) and under the earth (devils).

The Church, having made known to us the Incarnation of the divine
Son, now unfolds to us the glories of His Name.

Among the Jews a child received his name at the rite of Circumcision.
For this feast the Church uses the same Gospel as that of the
Circumcision, emphasizing the latter part which records that "His
Name was called Jesus" (Gospel). The name means Saviour and we read :
"There is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be
saved. "
(Epistle) The origin of this feast goes back to the 16th
century
, when it was already observed by the Franciscan Order. In
1721, during the pontificate of Innocent XIII, its observance was
extended to the whole Church. If we wish to "see our names written in
heaven under the glorious name of Jesus" (Postcommunion), that name
must be often on our lips here below.

An indulgence of twenty days may be gained by all who bow the head with reverence when speaking orhearing the names of Jesus and Mary, while  Pius X granted300 days to those who piously invoke them with the lips, or at least
in the heart.

[The Enchiridion of Indulgences now allows a partial indulgence for
the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.]

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