Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

detail of the painting Adoration of the Name of Jesus, c.1604, University Chapel, Seville, SpainMemorial


A remembrance and celebration of the conferral of the Holy Name of Jesus. It is celebrated on 3 January. A separate votive Mass under this title is found in the revised Roman Missal, and may be used for an annual celebration (e.g. titular of a Church), or as an expression of devotion which is part of the tradition and spirituality of a religious order. It was formerly listed as the Sunday between 1 and 6 January, if one occurs. Instituted in the 15th century by the bishops of Germany, Scotland, England, and Belgium. It was extended to the universal Church in 1721. There is a commemoration in the Mass of the Octave of Saint Stephen if the feast is kept on the second, of Saint John on the third, and of the Holy Innocents on the fourth of January.


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 May 2016. Web. 26 May 2016. <>