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The Catholic Defender: Holy Name of Jesus


Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Matthew then specifically mentions the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14, "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,' which means 'God is with us.


O GOOD JESUS, according to Thy great mercy, have mercy on me. O most merciful Jesus, by that Precious Blood which Thou didst will to shed for sinners, I beseech Thee to wash away all mine iniquities and to look graciously upon me, a poor and unworthy sinner, as I call upon Thy Holy Name. Therefore, O Jesus, do Thou save me for Thy Holy Name’s sake. O God, Who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son to be the Savior of mankind and didst command His Name to be called Jesus; mercifully grant that we may enjoy the vision of Him in Heaven, Whose Holy Name we venerate on earth. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen


Everything about our divine Lord is holy, including His Name. It was the Archangel Gabriel who first spoke the name of Jesus to His mother, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus” (Luke 1:31). The Archangel was only a messenger, so the name of Jesus was given to Him by the Father in Heaven.


Saint Peter was one of the first Apostles to speak with authority in the Holy Name of Jesus when he healed a crippled man saying, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk” (Acts 3:6). Saint Paul also exalted the holy name of Jesus when he said, “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–10). Saint Paul preached with power in the name of Jesus so often that even some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to imitate him by commanding demons, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches” (Acts 19:13).


Although Saint Paul might claim credit for promoting devotion to the Holy Name because Paul wrote in Philippians that God the Father gave Christ Jesus “that name that is above every name” (see 2:9), this devotion became popular because of 12th-century Cistercian monks and nuns but especially through the preaching of Saint Bernardine of Siena, a 15th-century Franciscan.


Throughout the history of the Church, Jesus’ name has been invoked as an instrument of personal faith in the Son of God, especially to command demons or simply to pray to Jesus in a repetitive and personal way.


The liturgical Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus has been celebrated by the Church for many centuries, especially within various religious orders.


In the fifteenth century, Saint Bernardine of Siena, a Franciscan friar, went on a preaching mission promoting devotion to the Most Holy Name. He encouraged people to revere Jesus’ name by placing the first three Greek letters of His name on their doors: IHS.


Today, this Greek monogram of Jesus’ name is commonly seen in churches on tabernacles, altars, and in stained glass windows.


In the sixteenth century, Saint Ignatius of Loyola had such a strong devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus that he adopted it as his seal as general of his newly founded order of the Jesuits; that monogram remains the Jesuits’ official seal today.


Bernardine used devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus as a way of overcoming bitter and often bloody class struggles and family rivalries or vendettas in Italian city-states.


The devotion grew, partly because of Franciscan and Dominican preachers. It spread even more widely after the Jesuits began promoting it in the 16th century.


In 1530, Pope Clement V approved an Office of the Holy Name for the Franciscans. In 1721, Pope Innocent XIII extended this feast to the entire Church.


There is great power in the spoken name of Jesus. Repeating His name prayerfully or speaking it aloud brings Him close and gives you strength, provided you recite His name in faith. The name of Jesus casts out fear, arouses trust, and unites your heart to His. Sadly, the Most Holy Name of Jesus is so holy that the evil one often tempts people to invoke it as a curse when angry, without even considering what they are doing.


Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love, and strength! You are the refuge of those who repent, our banner of warfare in this life, the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who mourn, the delight of those who believe, the light of those who preach the true faith, the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick. To You our devotion aspires; by You our prayers are received; we delight in contemplating You. O Name of Jesus, You are the glory of all the saints for eternity. Amen.


Blessed be the Most Holy Name of Jesus without end!

Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus


Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,

have mercy on us .


God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

have mercy on us .

God, the Holy Spirit,

have mercy on us .

Holy Trinity, one God,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, Son of the living God,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Splendor of the Father,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, King of Glory,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Sun of Justice,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, most amiable,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, most admirable,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, the mighty God,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, Father of the world to come,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, angel of great counsel,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, most powerful,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, most patient,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, most obedient,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, meek and humble of heart,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Lover of Chastity,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, our Lover,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, God of Peace,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Author of Life,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, Model of Virtues,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, zealous for souls,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, our God,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, our Refuge,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, Father of the Poor,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, good Shepherd,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, true Light,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, eternal Wisdom,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, infinite Goodness,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, our Way and our Life,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, joy of the Angels,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, King of the Patriarchs,

have mercy on us .


Jesus, Master of the Apostles,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Strength of Martyrs,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Light of Confessors,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Purity of Virgins,

have mercy on us .

Jesus, Crown of all Saints,

have mercy on us .


Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!

Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!

From all evil,

deliver us, O Jesus .

From all sin,

deliver us, O Jesus .

From your wrath,

deliver us, O Jesus .


From the snares of the devil,

deliver us, O Jesus .

From the spirit of fornication,

deliver us, O Jesus .

From everlasting death,

deliver us, O Jesus .

From the neglect of your inspirations,

deliver us, O Jesus .


Through the mystery of your holy Incarnation,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Nativity,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Infancy,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your most divine Life,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Labors,

deliver us, O Jesus .


Through your Agony and Passion,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Cross and Dereliction,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Sufferings,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Death and Burial,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Resurrection,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Ascension,

deliver us, O Jesus .


Through your Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Joys,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Glory,

deliver us, O Jesus .

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

spare us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

graciously hear us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us, O Jesus!

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us.


Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, you have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you”; mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of your most divine love, that we may love you with all our hearts, and in all our words and actions, and never cease to praise you.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of your holy name, for you never fail to govern those whom you solidly establish in your love. You, who live and reign forever and ever.

Amen.

Jesus means - God-saves

It is easy to understand then how in the Acts of the Apostles, Peter says, "There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved." (Acts 4:12). In the use of the verb "to save" there is an explicit reference to the Hebrew meaning of the name of Jesus (Jeshua) which means precisely "God-saves".



Savior. “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).


Redeemer. "Who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good." (Titus 2:14)


Bread of Life. "Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." ( John 6:35)


Lord. "Therefore, I tell you that nobody speaking by the spirit of God says, “Jesus be accursed.” And no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:3)


Creator. "For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him." (Colossians 1:16)


Son of the Living God. "Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)



Only Begotten Son. "She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,* because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mathew 1: 21)


Beloved Son. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:10-11)