Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thursday before Epiphany

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Readings of the Day
RB: Prologue 14-20
Mass: 1 Jn 2:29-3:6; Resp Ps 98; Jn 1:29-34

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called children of God.

At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Ph 2:10-11)

Call upon the name of Jesus at this very moment and ask for help with your burdens, struggles, joys and sorrows. 

(Rm 10:13)

O glorious Name! O Name so full of grace! O most powerful and loving Name! By you sin is forgiven, enemies are vanquished and the sick healed. Through you the patient are given strength and the afflicted consoled. You are the pride of the believer, a teaching theologian, the strength of the laborer, the sustainer of the weak, the fire of fervor and the heat of ardent love. You are the desire of those that pray, the inebriating liquor of the contemplative soul, and the glory of those who are triumphant in heaven, with whom, O sweet Jesus, allow us to co-reign through your most Holy Name, that with the Father and the Holy Spirit, together with all the Holy Saints in glory, we might glory and triumph and reign for ever and ever.
(Saint Bernardine of Siena)

May the sacrificial gifts offered to your majesty,
O Lord,
to honor Christ's Name
and which we have now received,
fill us, we pray, with your abundant grace,
so that we may come to rejoice
that our names, too, are written in heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.
(Prayer after Communion, Mass for the Optional Memorial)

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