Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Feast of The Holy Name of Jesus.
Sunday occurring between 1 January and 6 January,
otherwise on 2 January.
Double of The Second-Class.
Illustration: UNA VOCE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
Used with Permission.
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, emphasising the latter part which records that "His Name was called Jesus" (Gospel) as God "did bid that His Name be called Jesus" (Collect). 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 Pope 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 or hearing The Names of Jesus and Mary, while Pope Pius X granted 300 Days to those who piously Invoke Them with the lips, or at least in the heart.
If The Feast occurs on a Sunday, every Parish Priest Celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.
Mass: In nómine Jesu.
Preface: For Christmas.