Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

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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.

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O God, who hast caused the most glorious name of thine only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to be loved by thy faithful people with the greatest affection; and hast made it to all evil spirits a source of terror and dismay: grant that all those who devoutly venerate this holy name of Jesus here on earth may in this present life enjoy therefrom the sweetness of holy consolation, and in the life to come may obtain the joy of never-ending gladness. – Sarum Missal

At I Vespers

Antiphon He who is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is His name.

V. May the name of the Lord be blessed.

R. Henceforth now and forever.

At Lauds

Antiphon He gave Himself that he might free His people, and acquire for Himself an eternal name.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

At II Vespers

Antiphon Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.

V. May the name of the Lord be blessed.

R. Henceforth now and forever.

Let us pray

O God, who did make Thy only-begotten Son the Savior of the human race, and did command Him to be called Jesus, grant propitiously that Him whose holy name we venerate on earth, we may behold in the glorious vision of heaven. Who with Thee lives and reigns world without end.

R. Amen. – Office for Dominican Sisters

MLA Citation

  • “Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 September 2021. Web. 17 September 2021. <>