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Bishop Burbidge Notes Feast of Most Holy Name of Jesus


"…at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (Phil 2:10).

Today, January 3, 2014, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. This feast has been celebrated since the end of the fifteenth century on different dates, usually in January. 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 Saint Bernard, Saint Bernardine of Siena, Saint John Capistrano and by the Franciscan Order. It was extended to the whole Church in 1727 during the pontificate of Innocent XIII. Blessed Pope John Paul II restored the feast day to January 3.

Today’s gospel reading quotes Saint John the Baptist’s testimony to Jesus: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

“What a blessed day in the Church!” Bishop Burbidge said in a message to supporters of the campaign for the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral Campus. “As the Church celebrates today The Most Holy Name of Jesus, I respectfully ask for your prayers for the ongoing success of our Cathedral campaign so that one day in the near future we will gather in our new Cathedral for the joyful celebration of this sacred day.”