The Most Holy Name of Jesus: some pious practices

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All too often, we hear the Most Holy Name of Jesus being used not devoutly, but blasphemously. Those of us who believe in Him and put our trust in Him can help to honour Him by using His Name devoutly. The Church has traditionally rewarded those who do so with the granting of various indulgences for many practices. Although the rules surrounding indulgences have been reformed, we know that what the Church has endowed in times past may still be used as good and wholesome private devotions, and in some cases are still indulgenced.

 

Most of what follows is from “The Raccolta

 

An Invocation

 

The faithful who devoutly invoke the Holy Name of Jesus may gain:

 

An indulgence of 300 days; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, when they repeat this invocation for a month;A plenary indulgence at the hour of death, if they have been accustomed to invoke the holy Name frequently during life, provided that, after confession and Communion, or at least an act of contrition, they devoutly invoke the holy Name of Jesus with their lips if possible, otherwise in their hearts, and accept death with resignation from the hand of God as the wages of sin (S.C.Ind., Sept. 5, 1759 and Oct. 10, 1904; S.P.Ap., Dec. 9, 1933).

 

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

 

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, 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 Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendour 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, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of 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 Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of 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 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 Thy 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 Thine inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.
By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy most divine life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy labours, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Cross and dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy death and burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy glory, deliver us, O Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest 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, who hast said: Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you; mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast love: who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

An indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, for the daily and devout recitation of this litany (S.C.Ind., Jan. 16, 1886; S.P.Ap., Jan. 2, 1933).

 

Hymn

 

Iesu, dulcis memoria

 

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast!
Yet sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesus’ name,
The Saviour of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart!
O joy of all the meek!
TO those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show—
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus! our only hope be Thou,
As Thou our prize shalt be;
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity. Amen.

(Roman Breviary, tr. E. Caswall)

An indulgence of 5 years; A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, for the daily and devout recitation of this hymn (S.C.Ind., June 13, 1815; S.P.Ap., May 21, 1935).

 

Devout Practices

 

1. The faithful who, during the month of January, perform some special act of devotion in honour of the holy Name of Jesus are granted:

 

An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for the entire month (Apostolic Brief, Dec. 21, 1901; S.P.Ap., Jan. 2, 1933).

 

2. The faithful who recite five times the doxology Glory be to the Father together with the ejaculation:

 

Blessed be the most holy Name of Jesus without end!

may gain:

 

An indulgence of 300 days (Pius X, Audience Nov. 19, 1906, exhib. Nov. 26, 1906).

 

3. The faithful who, after confession and Communion, visit some church or oratory… on the Feast of the most holy Name of Jesus and pray for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff may gain:

 

A plenary indulgence (Pius X, Audience Nov. 19, 1906, exhib. Nov. 26, 1906; S.P.Ap., May 17, 1927).

 

Prayers

 

O good Jesu, according to Thy great mercy, have mercy on me. O most merciful Jesu, by that Precious Blood which Thou didst will to shed for sinners,  I beseech Thee to wash away all mine iniquities and to look graciously upon me, a poor and unworthy sinner, as I call upon Thy holy Name. Therefore, O Jesus, do Thou save me for Thy holy Name’s sake.

An indulgence of 500 days (S.C.Ind., Nov. 26, 1876; S.P.Ap., Dec. 17, 1932).

 

O God, who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son to be the Saviour of mankind and didst command His name to be called Jesus; mercifully grant that we may enjoy the vision of Him in heaven, whose holy Name we venerate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  (Roman Missal).

An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, if this prayer is said devoutly every day (S.P.Ap., Nov. 22, 1934).

 

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