Tuesday, 3 January 2017 : Weekday of Christmas Time, Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate the feast day of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which we often have not used and mentioned properly. We have to remember first and foremost, the third commandment in the Ten Commandments which Moses had received from God Himself. It said, “Keep holy the Lord’s Name”.

In the prayer Pater Noster, or the Lord’s Prayer which our Lord Jesus Christ had taught us, we also heard the words, “Holy is Your Name”. Then we should ask ourselves, brothers and sisters in Christ, in our daily lives, in the days past, have we mentioned or uttered the Holy Name of the Lord without thinking and with abandon? Have we desecrated the Holy Name of God by what we have done? If we have done so, remember that it is a great sin to do so.

The Name of the Lord was so holy that in the past, it was considered a great sin, indeed a blasphemy to even say it out, even in private, and less properly even so in public. The Most Holy Name of God was supposed to be unutterable, the Name YHVH, which many of us nowadays also used with abandon in our praise songs and celebrations. And the Lord’s Name, the Name above every other names, Jesus Christ, has been revealed to us, and yet some even used it when they uttered vulgarities and wicked words. Do we even realise what a sin it is that we have done?

Brothers and sisters in Christ, it is sad and indeed lamentable how we mankind have misused and mistreated the Holy Name of our Lord, when the devil and all of his wicked allies fear His holy Name, running and scattering when they heard someone utter it with proper and devout faith. They feared the Holy Name just as much as the evil spirits feared very much when Jesus cast them out from the bodies of the people whom they had possessed if we read through the Gospels.

It is exactly just like when we call our friends’ names and our family members’ names. When we call their names, they know they have been called and they will come. In the same way therefore, when we call on the Holy Name of the Lord, He will come upon us, and no evil spirit, even Satan himself, will be able to bear to be in the Holy Presence of our God. They will all run away in fear and leave us alone, if we call on Him with faith.

It is sad also to note how the venerable practice of bowing at the Holy Name of Jesus, and indeed genuflecting or kneeling during certain times of the year, including that of today, when we hear the Name of Jesus mentioned, had vanished from many of our churches and parishes around the world. This has contributed to the decrease in our respect and appreciation of the Holy Name. And that is why we disrespect and misuse and think lightly of uttering our Lord’s Name without care.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all reflect on our own lives. Have we been truly worthy of the Lord to mention His holy Name? Are we all truly knowing of what we are doing in this world? Let us all contemplate on this as we embark through this new year. Shall we treat the Holy Name of God with respect, and indeed, utter it with pride and faith, knowing that all who hear it, will know that we belong to Him.

Let us all thank God for His love for us, He has willingly become Man for our sake, so that through Jesus Christ our Lord, we may receive salvation and the grace of eternal life from Him. Let us all give Him thanks and praise Him, bow down before Him and rejoice whenever we hear His holy and wonderful Name being mentioned. That is because His Name is not just like any other names, but through that Name, we have been saved.

May the Lord bless us all and keep us, and may He strengthen each and every one of us to become ever more devoted disciples and followers of His. Let us draw closer to Him and find our way to Him, and let us put our complete trust in Him from now on. May the Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us, and may He answer when we call on Him in our times of need, to defend us from evil and darkness. Amen.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017 : Weekday of Christmas Time, Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Gospel Reading)

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John 1 : 29-34

At that time, the next day John saw Jesus coming towards him, and said, “There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! It is He of Whom I said : A Man comes after me, Who is already ahead of me, for He was before me. I myself did not know Him, but I came baptising to prepare for Him, so that He might be revealed in Israel.”

And John also gave this testimony, “I saw the Spirit coming down on Him like a dove from heaven, and resting on Him. I myself did not know Him, but God, Who sent me to baptise, told me, “You will see the Spirit coming down, and resting, on the One Who baptises with the Holy Spirit.’ Yes, I have seen! And I declare that this is the Chosen One of God!”

Tuesday, 3 January 2017 : Weekday of Christmas Time, Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Psalm)

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Psalm 97 : 1, 3cd-4, 5-6

Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonders; His right hand, His holy arm, has won victory for Him.

The farthest ends of the earth all have seen God’s saving power. All you lands, make a joyful noise to the Lord, break into song and sing praise.

With melody of the lyre and with music of the harp. With trumpet blast and sound of the horn, rejoice before the King, the Lord!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017 : Weekday of Christmas Time, Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (First Reading)

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1 John 2 : 29 – 1 John 3 : 6

You know that He is the Just One : know then that anyone living justly is born of God. See what singular love the Father has for us : we are called children of God, and we really are. This is why the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

Beloved, we are God’s children and what we shall be has not yet been shown. Yet when He appears in His glory, we know that we shall be like Him, for then we shall see Him as He is. All who have such a hope try to be pure as He is pure. Anyone who commits a sin acts as an enemy of the law of God; any sin acts wickedly, because all sin is wickedness.

You know that He came to take away our sins, and that there is no sin in Him. Whoever remains in Him has no sin, whoever sins has not seen or known Him.

(Usus Antiquior) Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (II Classis) – Sunday, 4 January 2015 : Offertory, Secret Prayer of the Priest, Communion and Post-Communion Prayer

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Psalm 85 : 12, 5

Confitebor tibi, Domine, Deus meus, in toto corde meo, et glorificabo Nomen Tuum in aeternum : quoniam Tu, Domine, suavis et mitis es : et multae misericordiae omnibus invocantibus Te, Alleluja.

English translation

I will praise You, o Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your Name forever. For You, o Lord, are sweet and mild, and plentiful in mercy to all who call upon You. Alleluia.

Secret Prayer of the Priest

Benedictio Tua, clementissime Deus, qua omnis viget creatura, sanctificet, quaesumus, hoc sacrificium nostrum, quod ad gloriam Nominis Filii Tui, Domini nostri Jesu Christi, offerimus tibi ut majestati Tuae placere possit ad laudem, et nobis proficere ad salutem. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

English translation

May Your blessing, o most merciful God, by which the whole creation had life, sanctify this our sacrifice, which we offer You to the glory of the Name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that it may be pleasing to Your majesty as an act of praise and be profitable to us for our salvation. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Preface of the Nativity

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper et ubique gratias agere : Domine, Sancte Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus : Quia per incarnati Verbi mysterium nova mentis nostrae oculis lux Tuae claritatis infulsit : ut, dum visibiliter Deum cognoscimus, per hunc in invisibilium amorem rapiamur. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus cumque omni militia caelestis exercitus hymnum gloriae Tuae canimus, sine fine dicentes :

English translation

It is truly meet and just, right and available to salvation, that we should always and in all places give thanks to You, o Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, because by the mystery of the Word made flesh, from Your brightness a new Light had risen to shine on the eyes of our souls, in order that, God becoming visible to us, we may be borne upward to the love of things invisible. And therefore with the Angels and Archangels, with the Dominions and Powers, with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing of Your glory without end saying :


Psalm 85 : 9-10

Omnes gentes, quascumque fecisti, venient et adorabunt coram Te, Domine, et glorificabunt Nomen Tuum : quoniam magnus es Tu et faciens mirabilia : Tu es Deus solus, Alleluja.

English translation

All the nations You have made shall come and adore before You, o Lord, and they shall glorify Your Name. For You are great, and had done wonderful things. You are God alone. Alleluia.

Post-Communion Prayer

Omnipotens aeternae Deus, qui creasti et redemisti nos, respice propitius vota nostra : et sacrificium salutaris hostiae, quod in honorem Nominis Filii Tui, Domini nostri Jesu Christi, majestati Tuae obtulimus, placido et benigno vultu suscipere digneris; ut gratia Tua nobis infusa, sub glorioso Nomine Jesu, aeternae praedestinationis titulo gaudeamus nomina nostra scripta esse in caelis. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

English translation

Almighty, eternal God, who had created and redeemed us, graciously regard our desires, and deign to receive with kind and peaceful countenance the sacrifice of the saving Victim, which we have offered to Your majesty, in honour of the Name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that Your grace being poured out upon us, we may rejoice in the glorious Name of Jesus, the title of eternal predestination, because our names are written in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Usus Antiquior) Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (II Classis) – Sunday, 4 January 2015 : Holy Gospel

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Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Lucam – Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke

Luke 2 : 21

In illo tempore : Postquam consummati sunt dies octo, ut circumcideretur Puer : vocatum est Nomen Ejus Jesus, quod vocatum est ab Angelo, priusquam in utero conciperetur.


English translation

At that time, after eight days were accomplished that the Child should be circumcised, His Name was called Jesus, which was called by the angel, before He was conceived in the womb.


Homily and Reflection :


(Usus Antiquior) Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (II Classis) – Sunday, 4 January 2015 : Gradual and Alleluia

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Psalm 105 : 47, Psalm 144 : 21 and Isaiah 63 : 16

Salvos fac nos, Domine, Deus noster, et congrega nos de nationibus : ut confiteamur Nomini sancto Tuo, et gloriemur in gloria Tua.

Tu, Domine, Pater noster et Redemptor noster : a saeculo Nomen Tuum.

Alleluja, Alleluja.

Response : Laudem Domini loquetur os meum, et benedicat omnis caro Nomen sanctum Ejus. Alleluja.

English translation

Save us, o Lord, our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your Holy Name, and may glory in Your praise.

You, o Lord, are our Father and Redeemer, Your Name is from eternity.

Alleluia, Alleluia.

My mouth shall speak of the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless His Holy Name. Alleluia.