Liturgy: Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Let Every Knee Bow

January 03, 2020
Source: District of the USA

“In the Name of Jesus let every knee bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father. O Lord our Lord: how admirable is Thy Name in the whole earth!”

The Church, having made known to us the Incarnation of the divine Son, now unfolds to us the glories of His Name.

Among the Jews a child received his name at the rite of Circumcision. For this feast the Church uses the same Gospel as that of the Circumcision, emphasizing the latter part which records that His Name was called Jesus (Gospel) as God did bid that His Name be called Jesus. (Collect) The name means Savior and we read “There is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved” (Epistle). The origin of this feast goes back to the 16th century, when it was already observed by the Franciscan Order. In 1721, during the pontificate of Innocent XIII, its observance was extended to the whole Church. If we wish to see our names written in heaven under the glorious name of Jesus (Postcommunion), that name must be often on our lips here below.

Pope St Pius X granted an indulgence of 300 days to those who piously invoke the names of Jesus and Mary with the lips, or at least in the heart, supplementing the indulgence of twenty days for all who bow the head with reverence when speaking or hearing the Holy Name of Mary or the Holy Name of Jesus.