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Scott P. Richert

The Most Holy Name of Jesus: Repairing the Damage

By January 3, 2014

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One of the reasons why the Catholic Church sets aside January as the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus is because the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus falls on January 3. The feast, like the month, reminds us of the power of Christ's Name and encourages us to pray in His Name.

But what should we do when we hear His Name used casually or, worse yet, in a blasphemous way? Or if we ourselves even slip into such a habit?

In those cases, the Church has provided us with a powerful prayer, meant to be said before the Blessed Sacrament: An Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Uttered Against the Holy Name. It's not a prayer that you're likely to memorize, so you might want to print a copy to slip into your missal or prayerbook.

During this Month of the Holy Name, why not make the recitation of this Act of Reparation a part of your routine at Mass? It only takes a minute to say, and it makes a very good post-Communion prayer. If enough of us pray the Act of Reparation, perhaps we'll begin to hear the Name of Jesus treated with the reverence that It deserves.

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Comments
January 10, 2008 at 10:19 am
(1) Marty says:

Beautiful prayer and an Act of reperation I sadly need to make. Thanks

January 15, 2008 at 11:47 am
(2) ELSI GIUNTOLI says:

FROM CATHOLIC GRAMMER SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL WE WERE TAUGHT TO BOW OUR HEADS WHEN THE NAME OF JESUS WAS SAID WHETHER IN PRAYER OR OTHERWISE.I AM NOW 80 AND HAVE NEVER USED HIS NAME IN VAIN. IF I HEAR SOMEONE USE IT IN VAIN, I STILL BOW MY HEAD.

January 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm
(3) Zelka du Plessis says:

I actually feel sick when I hear someone use our Lord’s Name in vain especially as it is said so casually on television programs. I always ask God to forgive them for using His Name in vain.

January 4, 2013 at 11:41 am
(4) lori says:

When I hear his name used in vain, I counteract with “Blessed be they name, Oh Lord”.

January 9, 2013 at 9:58 am
(5) Celine says:

How i pray that the world recognizes the power in the Most Holy Name of our Lord!

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