The Holy Name of Jesus

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The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is associated with the Feast of the Circumcision, for it is when a child was circumcised that he received a name and was accepted as a son of Abraham and a full member of his family. So honoured is His Holy Name that devout Catholics bow their heads (men removing their hats) at the sound of “Jesus” (or “Iesus” in Latin), both inside and outside of the liturgy. To protect the sacredness and honour due the Holy Name, when hearing the Name of the Lord taken in vain, it is right to pray “Sit nomen Dómini benedíctum!” (“Blessed be the Name of the Lord”), to which the reply, if overheard, is “Ex hoc nunc, et usque in sæculum!” (“from this time forth for evermore!”). .

While there are no special customs, when we utter the Lord’s Name with devotion, we receive…

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