catholic blessing of the home

Holy Name of Jesus / Epiphany (New)

Today is the traditional feast of the Holy Name of Jesus...."Nomen Christi!" From The New Marian Missal, Veritas Press:

"This Feast is kept on the First Sunday of the year; but [exceptions]...Its origin is traced to the XVIth century, when it was celebrated by the Franciscan Order. In 1721 Pope Innocent XIII made the keeping of this solemnity universal. The Name Jesus...the Savior of the world, was brought by the Angel Gabriel from God, for He shall save His people 'from their sins'...To the faithful who shall utter the Name of Jesus, with devotion, is granted: Indulgence of 300 days...Plenary, under the usual conditions, if this Name is recited daily during a month [there are further indulgences associated with this feast]."

Excerpts from this Holy Mass:

In the Name of Jesus let every knee bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father...O Lord our Lord: how admirable is Thy Name in the whole earth!

O God, Who didst constitute Thine only-begotten Son the Savior of mankind, and didst bid Him to be called Jesus: mercifully grant, that we who venerate His holy Name on earth, may fully enjoy also the vision of Him in heaven.

...be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel: that by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by Him this man standeth here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner: neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:8)

Save us, O lord our God, and gather us from among the nations: that we may give thanks to Thy holy Name, and may glory in Thy praise...Thou, O Lord, our Father and our Redeemer: from everlasting is Thy Name.

Alleluia, alleluia. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless His holy Name.

I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify Thy Name for ever...

May Thy blessing, O most merciful God, by which every creature lives, sanctify, we beseech Thee, this our Sacrifice, which we offer unto Thee to the glory of the Name of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that it may be well-pleasing to Thy Majesty for Thy praise, and profit us unto salvation...

All the nations Thou hast made shall come and adore before Thee, O Lord, and they shall glorify Thy Name: for Thou art great, and dost wonderful things: Thou art God alone. Alleluia.

O almighty and everlasting God, who didst create and redeem us, look graciously upon our prayer, and with a favorable and benign countenance deign to accept the Sacrifice of the saving Victim, which we have offered to Thy Majesty in honor of the Name of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: that through the infusion of Thy grace we may rejoice that our names are written in heaven, under the glorious Name of Jesus, the pledge of eternal predestination.

We are now in the joyful season of Christmastide, the waiting is over-the birth of Christ is such a great joy, Holy Church celebrates for a full 12 days!

Traditionally, the 12 Days of Christmas ended with Epiphany on January 6th, which is also a trad feast of the Three Wise Men. There is a beautiful blessing of the home which is performed on this day, which you can find elsewhere on the internet. We do this every year as a family (fortunately, our son will still be home from college on Wednesday)-it is one of those old Catholic customs which helps give children a love of the Faith. Actually, I originally learned of this, not from a trad church but from a mainstream church which had copies of the blessing. And as a Catholic prepper, anything that might help save my home from a demise, is more than welcome. During Hurricane Sandy, we were huddled away from the windows because we feared one of our many trees might come flying in. In spite of dozens of trees, not one came down!