Today is a beautiful feast in the Church. Upon doing some research, I learned that the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus was a popular many years ago, and that Blessed Pope John Paul II, brought it back as an (optional) memorial to the Church calendar.
God’s name (and Jesus’ too) is used so disrespectfully in our times. In some places, it’s thrown around carelessly, and in others it is used to curse or damn. You can’t watch a movie, television program or listen to the radio without cringing at the sound of God’s name being trashed. We must stand up for the God who loves us. We need to turn it off, and let the entertainment business know that we won’t tolerate it! We must gently but firmly correct each other when out of habit, we may use God’s name in a manner unworthy of His greatness.
He gives us all that we have. He called us into being. Before He formed us in the womb, He knew us. He carries us through the rough times in our lives. He gives us blessings and graces we don’t deserve. He became a human to experience poverty, cold, and all of the things that humans have to feel. He loved us so much that He died an excruciatingly painful death for us. He deserves our best! He deserves our loyalty. His name deserves praise!
I think it is so fitting that this memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus comes at the beginning of the year – a perfect time to recommit ourselves to lifting high the name of our God – and a time to make reparation if we have been the source of sorrow to Him.
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in Heaven, on Earth, and under the Earth by all the creatures of God and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
Jesus said “This Golden Arrow will wound My Heart delightfully,
and heal the wounds inflicted by blasphemy.”
Imprimatur: T. J. Toolen. Archbishop of Mobile-Birmingham
The Imprimatur for The Golden Arrow Prayer.