Sunday, January 04, 2009

Holy Name of Jesus

Today in the Old Calendar, it is the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Here is the beautiful Introit:

In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur coelestium, terrestrium, et infernorum: et omnis lingua confiteatur, quia Dominus Jesus Chrisus in gloria est Dei Patris. Ps. Domine Dominus, noster, quam admirabile est nomen tuum in unieversa terra!

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At 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. Ps. O Lord our Lord; how admirable is Thy Name in the whole earth!


In the Daily Roman Missal (1962), the Morning Prayer includes the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. It's a wonderful way to begin one's day by reciting it. Here's an excerpt:

Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of Apostles, have mercy on us,
Jesus, Teacher of Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.

I love these two hymns, Jesu dulcis memoria and O Quam Amabilis that I've been singing today in celebration.

O Quam Amabilis

O quam amabilis es, bone Jesu,
O dulcis Jesu.

Quam delectabilis es, Jesu,
O dulcis Jesu.

O cordis jubilum, mentis solatium
O bone Jesu.

O quam admirabilis es, bone Jesu,
bone Jesu,
quam admirabilis, honorabilis es
quam venerabilis es, bone Jesu,
dulcis Jesu,

Semper laudabilis es, Jesu.
Bone Jesu, Dulcis Jesu, Pie Jesu,
O bone Jesu, Pie Jesu!


and Jesu, Dulcis Memoria

Jesu, dulcis memoria,
dans vera cordis gaudia:
sed super mel et omnia
ejus dulcis praesentia.

Nil canitur suavius,
nil auditur jucundius,
nil cogitatur dulcius,
quam Jesus Dei Filius.

Jesu, spes paenitentibus,
quam pius es petentibus!
quam bonus te quaerentibus!
sed quid invenientibus?

Nec lingua valet dicere,
nec littera exprimere:
expertus potest credere,
quid sit Jesum diligere.

Sis, Jesu, nostrum gaudium,
qui es futurus praemium:
sit nostra in te gloria,
per cuncta semper saecula.
Amen.

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