What’s in That Prayer? The Collect for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Here is the oration that the Church prays in the Mass and Office for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (which is the Sunday after the Circumcision, or, in the event that there is no Sunday between January 1 and January 6 [the Epiphany], it falls on January 2):

Deus, qui unigénitum Fílium tuum constituísti humáni géneris Salvatórem, et Iesum vocári iussísti: concéde propítius; ut, cuius sanctum nomen venerámur in terris, eius quoque aspéctu perfruámur in cœlis.

Here is my translation:

O God, who hast constituted Thine only-begotten Son the Savior of the human race, and hast commanded Him to be called Jesus: mercifully grant that we who venerate His Holy Name on earth may thoroughly enjoy the sight of Him in heaven.

Here is the translation from the Divinum Officium site:

O God, You Who appointed Your only-begotten Son to be the Saviour of the human race, and commanded that He be called Jesus, mercifully grant that we may enjoy in heaven the vision of Him Whose holy Name we venerate on earth.

The Holy Name of JESUS means “Savior,” hence the Father’s both constituting His only Son as the Savior of mankind and commanding that he be called JESUS are virtually two ways of saying the same thing. We call Him that because that is what He is. (Such honesty in naming things is passé in our “woke” and profoundly nominalist age.) 

We should take note that the Holy Name itself is a claim of exclusivity for Jesus Christ. He is the unique, the only, Savior of mankind. He is THE Savior, and as today’s Epistle (Acts 4:8-12) says, “For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.” This is a divine contradiction of that cursed, rampant indifferentism plaguing the Church today.

It was Saint Joseph who gave the Holy Name to Jesus on the day of His circumcision, but Saint Joseph was ordered to give this Name, for Our Lord was already called Jesus “by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb,” as today’s short Gospel (Luke 1:21) tells us. Gabriel, who revealed the name both to Mary and to Saint Joseph, was only following orders. The name comes from God, who “commanded Him to be called Jesus,” as today’s oration reliably informs us.

A continued “merry Christmas” to my readers, and a blessed and happy 2022!