Today's Feast (August 7): The Holy Name of Jesus

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This feast day reminds us that our end is God. Every person will finally and ultimately bow before the judgement seat of the Lord.

With this in mind, may we give "our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy and living sacrifice unto God" (Canon of the Mass) in gratitude for His sacrifice on the cross out of love for us.

“At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:10-11) (The day's Introit, page D 1, The People's Anglican Missal)


The above picture shows the most common Christogram "IHS" - which is derived from the first 3 letters of the Greek name of Jesus - iota-ete-sigma, or ΙΗΣ. Two other interpretations of IHS - "I have suffered" and "In His service" - are backronymns - phrases invented after the fact to make a "new" acronymn from the original one.The interpretations which associate "IHS" with Iesus Hominum Salvator (Latin for Jesus, Savior of men) and In Hoc Signo (rendition in Latin of the Greek phrase meaning "in this [sign] you will conquer") are also associated with the monogram, and reflect different regional interpretations of the most powerful and Holy Name of Jesus.

The Day's Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia Article

Books Worth Considering
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon