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03 January 2012

Happy Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus 

Happy Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus! In honor of the day, I decided to create a royal-looking image of Jesus' name, since I love an excuse to play with fonts. :-)

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

About the Memorial

"The Holy Name of Jesus was invoked by the faithful from the very beginning of the Church. In the fourteenth century it began to be venerated with liturgical celebrations. Saint Bernardine of Siena and his disciples zealously promoted the veneration of this Name throughout Italy and Europe, and in the sixteenth century the Holy Name was introduced as a liturgical feast. In the year 1530 Pope Clement VII first permitted the Order of Friars Minor [Franciscans] to celebrate the Name of Jesus with its own proper Office."
~ From Proper Offices of Franciscan Saints and Blesseds in the Liturgy of the Hours


"Jesus' us-centered orientation wasn't an afterthought; we are the reason Jesus came to earth, lived, taught, healed, suffered, died, and rose again. Perhaps this is why saints throughout the ages have found in the simple name of 'Jesus' one of their favorite and most fruitful prayers. Merely invoking our Lord, repeating his name over and over again, gives rest to our souls, because that's exactly what he came to do."
 ~ Fr. John Bartunek, Praising and Pondering (Luke 2:15-21)


Check out the National Association of the Holy Name Society (Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus), which "promotes reverence for the Sacred Names of God and Jesus Christ, obedience and  loyalty to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and the personal sanctification and holiness of its members. Members are called to contribute to the evangelization mission of the Church and to make perpetual acts of reverence and love for our Lord and Savior." So lovely ... and it's associated with the Dominicans, which = doubleplus cool. :-)

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