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January - Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. After the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, the angel Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph and told him that the Child’s name should be called Jesus, meaning “God Saves.” According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth a male child was to be circumcised, receive his name, and become a full member of God’s covenant people. According to the old Roman liturgical calendar, the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus was celebrated on January 1st, eight days after Christmas, the same day that He was given His sacred name. Currently we celebrate the Solemnity of the Mother of God on January 1st and honor the Holy Name of Jesus on January 3rd. For Catholics, Jesus’ sacred name is the object of a special devotion symbolized by the monogram “IHS,” (sometimes called a Christogram), which is the first three letters of the Greek spelling of His name.

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.
V. Christ, have mercy.
R. Christ, have mercy.
V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, hear us.
V. Christ, graciously hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light, have mercy on us.

Jesus, King of Glory, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Sun of Justice, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.

Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.

Jesus, angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our Lover, have mercy on us .

Jesus, God of Peace, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Author of Life, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Model of Virtues, have mercy on us .

Jesus, zealous for souls, have mercy on us .

Jesus, our God, have mercy on us .

Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Father of the Poor, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful, have mercy on us .

Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us .

Jesus, true Light, have mercy on us .

Jesus, eternal Wisdom, have mercy on us .

Jesus, infinite Goodness, have mercy on us .

Jesus, our Way and our Life, have mercy on us .

Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us .

Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Light of Confessors, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Purity of Virgins, have mercy on us .

Jesus, Crown of all Saints, have mercy on us .

 

Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!

Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!

 

From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus .

From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus .

From your wrath, deliver us, O Jesus .

From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus .

From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus .

From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus .

From the neglect of your inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus .

Through the mystery of your holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your most divine Life, deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Labors, deliver us, O Jesus .

Through your Agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Cross and Dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Death and Burial, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Joys, deliver us, O Jesus.

Through your Glory, deliver us, O Jesus.

 

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!

 

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us.

 

Let us pray.

 

O Lord Jesus Christ, you have said, "Ask and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you"; mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of your most divine love, that we may love you with all our hearts, and in all our words and actions, and never cease to praise you.

 

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of your holy name, for you never fail to govern those whom you solidly establish in your love. You, who live and reign forever and ever. R. Amen.


Prayer Intention of the Holy Father for January, 2018

Evangelization: Religious Minorities in Asia

That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.

January

Named for the Roman god Janus, who is represented with two faces looking in opposite directions.  Macrobius states that it was dedicated to him, because from its situation, it might be considered to be retrospective to the past and prospective to the opening year.

January 1 - New Year’s Day
January 6 - Twelfth Day, Epiphany

“Then came old January, wrapped well
In many weeds to keep the cold away
Yet - did he quake and quiver like to quell
And blewe his nayles to warm them if he may;
For they were numbed with holding all the day,
An hatchet keene, with which he felled wood
And from the trees did lop the needlesse spray.”

Faerie Queen, Edmund Spenser

Mottoes:
“Janiveer Freeze the pot upon the fire.”
“If the grass do grow in Janiveer, it grows the worse for it all the year.”
“A wet January, a wet spring.”
“The blackest month of all the year is the month of Janiveer.”
"As the day lengthens, so the cold strengthens."

The leaves which in the autumn of the year
Fall auburn-tinted, leaving reft and bare
Their parent trees, in many a sheltered lair
Where winter waits and watches, cold, austere,
Will lie in drifts; and when the snowdrops cheer
The woodland shadows, still the leaves are there,
Though through the glades the balmy southern air
And birds and boughs proclaim that Spring is here.

Old Year Leaves, Mackenzie Bell

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun thaw; whether the eve drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to quiet Moon.

Frost at Midnight, S.T. Coleridge