FERIA of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus |
Missa "In nomine Jesu"
Commemoration of the Holy Innocents on this Octave Day
Holy Mother Church reveals to us the greatness of His name. It was on the occasion of the rite of Circumcision that a name was given to children among Jews. So the Church uses the same Gospel as that of the Feast of the Circumcision, and dwells on the second part which tells us that "the Child was called Jesus" (Gospel), "as God had bid that He should be called" (Collect). This name means Saviour, for "there is no other name given to men whereby we must be saved" (Epistle).
The origin of this feast is traced to the sixteenth century, when it was celebrated by the Franciscan Order. In 1721 the Church, under the rule of Pope Innocent XIII, made the keeping of this solemnity universal.
If we wish "to rejoice at seeing that our names are written in heaven under that of Jesus" (Postcommunion), let it be often on our lips on earth. Twenty days' indulgence are granted to those who reverently bow their heads on pronouncing or on hearing pronounced the names of Jesus and Mary, and the holy Pope Saint Pius X granted three hundred days' Indulgence to those who invoke them piously with their lips or even in their heart. It is also a Traditional custom to always bow one's head slightly at the name of Jesus out of respect for His holy name. Today is also the Octave Day of the Holy Innocents.
We want to thank the Friends of Our Lady of Fatima for expediting these resources of the Propers. Sources: Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945 Bio: Catholic Encyclopedia 1913 edition