Eternal Father, who did give your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus, to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we beseech thee, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, even our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil 2:10). Christ's name is chosen in heaven, and the Angel Gabriel announces it when he informs the Blessed Virgin of the incarnation: "Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus” (Lk1:31).
It is a name that has marvelous implications, for it means "savior." The very name bespeaks the magnitude of His mission, His infinite love, a love that will cause Him to offer Himself up for us.
The name of Jesus is the sweetest of all names, and He who bears it is most worthy of all love. He who calls Jesus his friend can be assured that this friend is the most devoted and unselfish of all friends.
Jesus is our all. In His name we may pray to the Father with assurance of being heard. In His name the Church administers all her sacraments. In His name the Church offers all her prayers and blesses homes, the fields, and the sick. In the name of Jesus, the Church casts out evil spirits, and at the hour of our death bids us, "Go forth, Christian soul." The Church assures us that whoever shall call upon this name will be saved. Adopted from Benedict Baur, O.S.B.