The Feast of The Holy Name of Jesus has been celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church, since the end of the fifteenth century. Reverence for the name of Jesus is emphasized by St. Paul in Philippians 2:10 where he states: “That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth”.
The power of the Name Jesus used in petitions is stressed in John 16:23 when Jesus states: “If you ask the Father anything in My Name He will give it you.” Many Christian prayers thus conclude with the words: “Through Our Lord Jesus Christ”. Several episodes in the New Testament refer to the power of the invocation of the Holy Name. In Mark 9:38-39 demons are driven out by the power of the Name Jesus, in Acts 2:38 baptisms take place and in Acts 3:6, Acts 4:7-11 and Acts 9:34 miracles are performed.
In invoking our Lord’s Name with reverential faith, one is turning to Him and imploring His Divine assistance.
- First, the name of Jesus brings help in bodily needs.
- Second, the name of Jesus gives help in spiritual trials.
- Third, the name of Jesus protects the person against satan and his temptations.
- Finally, we receive every grace and blessing through the Holy Name of Jesus.
The celebration has been held on different dates, usually in January, because 1 January, eight days after Christmas, commemorates the naming of the child Jesus; as recounted in the Gospel read on that day, “at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the Name given by the Angel before He was conceived in the womb.”