The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Roman Catholic Church. Today, January 3rd we observe the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.
Below is a beautiful prayer known as the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.
Litanies are prayers containing a series of petitions and responses to God, the Blessed Mother and the saints. The word “litany” comes from the Greek word “lite” meaning prayer or supplication.
They are traditionally recited or sung during special Church celebrations and Masses. Some litanies can also be prayed privately.
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I know it’s after December 25th, but it’s still Christmas. Even though many treat Christmas like it’s one day, it’s actually a season that lasts much longer. (Good thing because that’s a lot of preparation for just one day!)
The Christmas season begins on December 24th with Christmas Eve (Vigil) Mass. During the Christmas season, we rejoice in the incredible mystery of the birth of Christ.
And the angel said to them [shepherds], “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).
Many feasts occur during this season, including:
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