Holy Name Society is a confraternity within the Catholic Church and promoted by the Dominican Order to promote reverence to the Holy Name of God and Jesus.
A confraternity is a group of Catholics who participate in the spiritual goods of the group. It is like being a shareholder in a company, you profit with everyone's work. It promotes reverence through praying together, specifically prayers like the Litany of the Holy Name and the Golden Arrow. It also promotes reverence for the holy name by ending blasphemy in our own lives and asking that others not blaspheme.
Mission: To promote reverence for the Holy Names of God and Jesus.
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Pray for vocations to our Holy Name Province of Dominicans.
Yesterday, our seven new postulants arrived at St. Albert’s and began their postulancy. This is a time of prayer as they get ready for their day of vestition (September 3rd), which will officially make them novices.
Uniting with them in prayer, we invite you to take our annual Novice Prayer Pledge and commit to praying for them on September 3rd.
Take the pledge: https://www.opwest.org/novice-prayer-pledge/
The call to religious life is challenging, especially in a culture that doesn't always value faith, hope or charity
But you can do something to help these young men persevere -- pray.
As one of last year’s novices recently commented, “Arriving at the Novitiate for the first time, and then seeing the Honor Roll with hundreds of names of people praying for you, it’s inspiring. It gives you courage and reminds you to pray for them too”.
Will you please take the Novice Prayer Pledge today and pray for our new Dominicans on September 3rd?
When you sign up, your name will appear on the Prayer Honor Roll for all the novices to see, which is a huge inspiration for them! Your prayers make a difference!
P.S. Please share this post and help us inspire more people to pray for the novices.
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Grant, O Lord,
that we may always revere and love Your Holy Name,
for You never deprive of Your guidance
those You set firm on the foundation of Your love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Collect for the 12th Sunday.
Christ is risen! Alleluia
Therefore, Lord, we pray:
graciously accept this oblation of our service,
that of your whole family,
which we offer you
also for those to whom you have been pleased to give
the new birth of water and the Holy Spirit,
granting them forgiveness of all their sins
so as to find them in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and command that their names be written
in the book of the living.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Concerning failures, defects, and sins, turn to God, and, grieving over your offences, say to Him: "Lord, I have done this from what I am, nor should I have stopped where I did, had not Thy Right Hand come to my rescue; for this I give Thee thanks. Now do Thou, I pray Thee, O my Lord, in the Name of Thy Beloved Son, from what Thou art pardon me, and give me grace, so that I may not offend Thee any more."
And then, as a penance for your faults, and as a spur to amendment, mortify your will in some trifle which otherwise you would have allowed yourself, for this is well-pleasing to Him. I say the same of the body; and do not neglect this and similar acts of penance, lest the examination of conscience become a mere matter of routine, and fruitless in consequence of a slothful way of using it.
Lorenzo Scupoli, Spiritual Combat, Ch. 38
The Lord is the God of hosts, the Lord is His Name! You must return to your God. Maintain loyalty and justice and always hope in your God.
May this Lent be a time for fruitful penitence.
O God, who provide gifts to be offered to Your Name
and count our oblations as signs
of our desire to serve You with devotion,
we ask of Your mercy
that what You grant as the source of merit
may also help us to attain merit’s reward.
Through Christ our Lord
Offertory prayer, 8th Sunday
March is the month dedicated to St. Joseph. Joseph gave Jesus His Name. Ite ad Joseph
The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a Son and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
God our Father,
Yours is the beauty of creation
and the good things You have given us.
Help us to begin this day joyfully in Your Name
and to spend it in loving service
of You and our fellow man.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Beauty for this Sunday
Préaux Gospels featured
from the Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
I will recount all Your wonders,
I will rejoice in You and be glad,
and sing psalms to Your Name, O Most High.
Communion Antiphon for the 7th Sunday
Let us then be imitators of His patience; and if we suffer (Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 4:16) for His Name's sake, let us glorify Him. For He has set us this example (1 Peter 2:21) in Himself, and we have believed that such is the case.
St. Polycarp, ora pro nobis
Letter to the Phillipians, Ch. 8
But now, dearly-beloved brethren, I speak to every one of you; I entreat you by the Name of Christ, in which every knee shall bow. Remain steadfast in brotherly love; unite together in the zeal of your mutual affection against the wiles of our ancient enemy. Let the whole structure of your holy way of life be raised on the foundations of charity; let the whole edifice which you are building from the living stones of virtue be cemented by the mortar of a genuine love.
St. Peter Damian, ora pro nobis
On the Perfection of Monks, Ch. 24
Oil has five properties;
It floats on the surface of any liquid,
It softens hard things,
It sweetens bitter things,
It is a source of light and provides nourishment for the body.
The Name Jesus has similar properties:
it excels every other name,
it softens the hardest of hearts,
it sweetens the most bitter experiences,
it enlightens our hearts
and nourishes our souls.
St. Anthony of Padua
Question: You can pick up a telephone and reach a President or Prime Minister because you speak in the Name of peace.
Mother Teresa: In the Name of Christ. Without Him I could do nothing.
St. Teresa of Calcutta
Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth and of all created things, You make Your just ones holy and You justify sinners who confess Your Name. Hear us as we humbly pray to You: give us eternal joy with Your saints.
I make known to your charity that, among the numerous desires raised up in my heart by the charge that I have received, there is one that is of special urgency: it is that by the ministry of our Order schismatic Christians may be called back to the unity of the Church and that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be carried to the Jews, the Saracens, the pagans, the barbarians and all the nations, so that we may be witnesses of Christ and the cause of salvation for all even to the ends of the earth.
Bl. Humbert of Romans, Letter to the Dominican Order
I now return to you, your people, your gift to me. Direct them with your powerful right hand, and protect them under the shadow of your wings. May all praise and glorify your Name, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Last words of St. Cyril
A novice of Frankfort, called Engelbert, whom Master Jordan had taken into the Order, was struck down with a deadly fever during his first year of novitiate. Observing his low state of body and mind, the Master said to him one day: 'My son, if you only had faith you would get over your fever at once.' On his professing a very lively faith, blessed Jordan touched him with his hand and said: 'Be thou healed in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,' and the youth got up at once quite recovered.
Lives of the Brethren
Bl. Jordan of Saxony, ora pro nobis
Most holy Virgin, obtain for me the grace of invoking the Name of thy Son Jesus in all my necessities, together with thine own, my Mother Mary; but let me invoke them always with confidence and love.
St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Because of Your kindness and Your truth;
for You have made great above all things
Your Name and Your promise.
When I called, You answered me;
You built up strength within me.
5th Sunday readings
We command you, brothers, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to avoid any brother who wanders from the straight path and does not follow the tradition you received from us.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
Matins reading today
Lord, You keep constant guard over Your faithful people. Protect us from hidden snares and make us holy, that we may praise and bless Your Name and live in righteousness before you.
St. Antony Dainan, hanging at Louis’ side, looked toward heaven and called upon the Holy Names—“Jesus, Mary!” He began to sing a psalm: “Praise the Lord, you children!”
Martyrs of Nagasaki, orate pro nobis.
In the name of God who has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and who has called them to live together as brothers and sisters, to fill the earth and make known the values of goodness, love and peace.
I would ask them to attend Holy Mass, receive Holy Communion and, both during Mass and after receiving Holy Communion, to offer to the Eternal Father His most holy Son; and in His Holy Name and through His merits, to ask for the three graces I have mentioned, namely, the conversion of sinners, the perseverance of the just, and the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.
St. Anthony Mary Claret
Deeply moved by the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary at La Salette, St. Gaetano Catanoso preached against blasphemy and taught the faithful to sanctify Sundays and the feasts of the Church.
Your merciful love, O God,
we have received in the midst of Your temple.
Your praise, O God, like Your Name,
reaches the ends of the earth;
Your right hand is filled with saving justice.
Entrance antiphon for Mass
For Your Name’s sake spurn us not,
disgrace not the throne of Your glory;
remember Your covenant with us, and break it not.
Memorial of John Bosco
Jesus said to them, ‘Whoever receives this child in My Name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.’
Just before his death, he summoned his sons and begged the favor of their prayers. "Do not ever forget these three things: devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, devotion to Mary Help of Christians, and devotion to the Holy Father!" On January 31, 1888, Don Bosco's worn-out body finally yielded to nature. With the Names of Jesus and Mary on his lips, Don Bosco's soul passed to his God and his Lady as the morning angelus bell was summoning the faithful to prayer. "Our saint has left us," the people of Turin mourned.”
Fr. Paul Aronica, SDB, A Man Sent by God
I will give them a heart and ears that listen and they shall praise Me in the land of their exile, and shall remember My Name.
Everybody ran out as usual and stood in line. It was cold, but they had to count a second time - one man was missing... Suddenly a man ran out of the barracks; he was beaten mercilessly. Everyone looked on in silence. Everyone had dark faces, angry faces, but nobody dared say anything. I was standing with Father Arseny and suddenly I saw that he took a step out of the line, made the sign of the cross, blessed the supervisor who was hitting the young man and said in a clear voice, “In the Name of the Lord I am ordering you to stop! Stop this!” - and having blessed everybody with a wide sign of the cross he returned to his place in the line. The supervisor stopped the beating immediately and got busy counting the prisoners again; the young man unsteadily found his place in the line. Later I asked the man who was standing on the other side of me in the line, “Did you see what Father Arseny did when they beat up the young man?” He said, “Did what? He was standing still as a statue.”
Father Arseny 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father, pg. 71
Give thanks to the Lord, invoke His Name.
We are called to invoke the Name with recollection and inward vigilance, confining our minds within the words of the Prayer, conscious who it is that we are addressing and that responds to us in our heart. Such strenuous prayer is never easy in the initial stages, and is rightly described by the Fathers as a hidden martyrdom. St Gregory of Sinai speaks repeatedly of the ‘constraint and labor’ undertaken by those who follow the Way of the Name; a ‘continual effort’ is needed; they will be tempted to give up ‘because of the insistent pain that comes from the inward invocation of the intellect’. ‘Your shoulders will ache and you will often feel pain in your head,’ he warns, ‘but persevere persistently and with ardent longing, seeking the Lord in your heart.’ Only through such patient faithfulness shall we discover the true power of the Name.
Bishop Kallistos Ware, Jesus Prayer - The Power of the Name
Memorial of Thomas Aquinas
Peter said, ‘To Jesus Christ all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins through His Name.’
But names given to men by God always signify some gratuitous gift bestowed on them by Him; thus it was said to Abraham (Genesis 17:5): "Thou shalt be called Abraham; because I have made thee a father of many nations": and it was said to Peter (Matthew 16:18): "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church." Since, therefore, this prerogative of grace was bestowed on the Man Christ that through Him all men might be saved, therefore He was becomingly named Jesus, i.e. Savior: the angel having foretold this name not only to His Mother, but also to Joseph, who was to be his foster-father.
St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica III, Q.37, A.2
If you are insulted for the Name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the Name.
1 Peter 4:14, 16
Our Lord was called Jesus, when He took flesh of the Blessed Virgin. The Angel Gabriel said to her, "Behold, thou shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name Jesus." But, though He then gained a new Name, He had existed from eternity; He never was not—He never had a beginning—and His true Name, therefore, is the Eternal King. He ever reigned with His Father and the Holy Ghost, three Persons, one God. And hence, shortly before His crucifixion, He said, "Glorify Thou Me, O Father, with Thyself, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with Thee." He Who was the Eternal King in heaven, came to be King, and Lord, and Lawgiver, and Judge upon earth. Hence the prophet Isaias says, foretelling His coming, “A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us, and the government is upon His shoulder; and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace." And when He left the world, He left His power behind Him, and divided it among His followers. He gave one portion of His power to one, another to another. He gave the fulness of His power to St. Peter, and to his successors, who, in consequence, are His vicars and representatives—so that, as the Father sent the Son, so the Son has sent St. Peter. But not only St. Peter and the other Apostles, but all bishops and prelates in Holy Church, all pastors of souls, all Christian kings have power from Him, and stand to us in His place.
Bl. John Henry Newman, Twelve Meditations and Intercessions for Good Friday
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