The Holy Name of Jesus

The Church reveals to us the wonders of the Incarnate Word by singing the glories of His Name. The name of Jesus means Savior.

Persons who played prominent roles in the history of salvation received their names from God Himself. Adam means “man of the earth”; Eve means “mother of all the living”; Abraham means “father of many nations”; Peter means “the rock”. Even the Savior’s forerunner (John the Baptist) was given the name which God assigned to him. Therefore, according to divine precedent, the name of the Redeemer should not be of human choosing, but given by God Himself, for His Name should express His mission. We read in Sacred Scripture how the Archangel Gabriel revealed that Name to Mary: “You shall call His name Jesus.” (Luke 1:31) And to St. Joseph, the Angel did not merely reveal the Name but explained its meaning: “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) The Messiah should not only be the savior, but should be called Savior. This is why we must esteem His Name as sacred. Whenever we pronounce it, we ought to bow our heads; for the very Name reminds us of the greatest favor we have ever received – salvation.

Devotion to the Holy Name is deeply rooted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Acts of the Apostles. It was promoted in a special manner by St. Bernard, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. John Capistrano and by the Franciscan Order. It was extended to the whole Church in 1727 during the pontificate of Innocent XIII. The Catholic Church celebrates the optional memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus on January 3rd. In addition, the month of January has traditionally been dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The feast day is intended to impress on Christians the dignity of the Holy Name of Jesus. Since the Holy Name of Jesus is the patronal name of our church, we will celebrate this feast day on January 20, 2019 in lieu of the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Today after the 10:30am Mass, Mary Cheng will report on the U.S. Census 2020. Bishop Joel Konzen, who is currently the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, recently signed a resolution creating a “Census 2020 Complete Count Campaign” to increase awareness and participation of Atlanta parishes in the 2020 Census. The U.S. Constitution requires a complete count of the nation’s population every 10 years. Census data impacts decisions at the national, state and local levels — from congressional representation to the annual allocation of more than $675 billion. These resources are essential to the well-being of all of our neighbors, supporting schools, hospitals, emergency services, etc.

Parishes that participate in the “Census 2020 Complete Count Campaign” educate their parishioners about the 2020 Census and encourage households to fill out their census forms. They help make sure that everyone living in the United States is counted once, and only once, and in the right place, including reaching hard-to-count members in the community. Parishes in communities that have historically been under-counted have the opportunity to help ensure that much needed and deserved federal funds reach them. The Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Catholic Mission will be participating in the “Census 2020 Complete Count Campaign”.

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