By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In January, it is the Holy Name of Jesus. Through this devotion, the Church reminds us of the power of Christ's Name and encourages us to pray in His Name. Keeping Christ's Name always on our lips is a good way to ensure that we draw ever nearer to Him. These prayers can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month.
This Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus is designed for group prayer. It is a very good way to incorporate prayer to the Holy Name into our family prayers during January—perhaps after Grace After Meals.
Very early on, Christians came to understand that the very name of Jesus had great power, and the recitation of His Name was itself a form of prayer. This short prayer is a combination of that early Christian practice and the prayer offered by the publican in the parable of the pharisee and the publican (Luke 18:9-14). It is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic, who recite it using prayer ropes that are similar to Western rosaries.
In today's world, we often hear the Name of Jesus spoken casually, at best, and even in anger and blasphemy. Through this Act of Reparation, we offer our own prayers to make up for the sins of others (and, perhaps, our own, if we find ourselves uttering Christ's Name in vain).
This short invocation of the Holy Name is a type of prayer known as an aspiration or an ejaculation. It is meant to be prayed repeatedly throughout the day.
In this prayer of petition, we acknowledge the power of the Holy Name of Jesus and ask that our needs be fulfilled in His Name.
This exquisite Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus was likely composed in the early 15th century by Saints Bernardine of Siena and John Capistrano. After addressing Jesus under a variety of attributes and imploring Him to have mercy on us, the litany then asks Jesus to deliver us from all of the evils and dangers that confront us in life.