The Holy Name of Jesus: Saints and Scripture Sunday

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them, ‘Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in His name this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’ There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts 4:8-12

Traditionally in the Catholic Church, January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The feast has been celebrated in the church since the 15th century on a local level and was extended to the whole church in 1721. The feast of the Holy name of Jesus is a wonderful feast (optional memorial, actually) that is officially celebrated on January 3rd. The feast is overlooked, however, due to all the other celebrations of the Christmas season, which is why I am mentioning it now. 🙂 .

Here are some resources about and devotions for the Holy Name of Jesus for the month of January:

Catholic Encyclopedia


Prayers in honor of the Holy Name


(Linked to The Kennedy Adventures!)


  1. This reminds me of Phillipians 2:9-11 which says that at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bend and tongue confess that He is Lord.

  2. TAN books has a great pamphlet titled “The Wonders of the Holy Name” by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. If I were rich I’d buy 100s of copies and try to get every parish in the diocese to give them to parish members. Now more than ever we must praise Jesus and pray that He rule in every heart.

    Sometimes I see a bumper sticker that says “Jesus is the answer.” I’ve meditated on that many times. To all the really important questions is life, He is indeed the answer.

    Does your parish have a Holy Name Society for the men? Before Vatican II, nearly all parishes had them. They are extinct in our diocese.

  3. SimpleCatholic says

    Hey Barb,

    No our parish doesn’t, and I wish I did. It would be good for my husband. 🙂

    I think I have that book somewhere! I forgot about it; I should look for the book and read it again.

  4. “Hence He was given the name of Jesus, which means Savior. It was an irreplaceable name, before which the heavens and the earth trembled and before which our knees bow.” Fulton J Sheen

  5. Thanks for this! I love to pray the Jesus Prayer over and over because of the power in that name!
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