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MONDAYS IN EPIPHANY.
“ In the Name of JESUS CHRIST of Naza. reth rise up and walk."-Acts iii. 6.
This sacred Name has power over all nature. It has restored the dead to life, cured all manner of sickness and disease, and filled the world with miracles.
Should I be afflicted in body myself, or should I be distressed for those in sickness, I will call upon the Name of the LORD JESUS. I will plead with God by that Name: I will offer it to Him in prayer and in the Holy Sacrament: and I will believe that nothing is impossible which is asked in the Name of JESUS.
But if I may hope for bodily help in the Name of JESUS, still more may I hope for spiritual help. If the feet of my soul are lame so that I cannot walk in the path of God's commandments, the Name of JESUS can make me to rise up and walk.
The very devils are subject to this Name, and tremble at it. And whenever they trouble us, whether in body or soul, this is the weapon with which to cast them out. Not as if the material word JESUS contains
any virtue or charm, “but His Name, by faith in His Name," has this power.
O Name of JESUS! worthy of all blessing and praise, I will endeavour to know Thy mysterious power by my own experience. In all my temptations I will call upon the Name of JESUS through His sacred Cross and precious Blood. In the stirring of passion and of evil temper, in the assault of impure thoughts and feelings, in provocations from man, and in the assaults of the devil, I will instantly sign myself with the sign of the Cross, and bid the evil thing, or spirit, go from me in the Name of JESUS.
O JESU, my Creator, create in me a new heart, and renew a right spirit within me.
O JESU, Author of my life, may my soul live to Thee; for to me to live is CHRIST, and to die is gain.
O JESU, Physician, Who by Thy stripes didst heal our sicknesses, heal my soul; for I have sinned against Thee.
O JESU, Innocent LAMB led to slaughter, take away the sins of the world ; take away mine, the chief of sinners.
O JESU, Good Samaritan, pour into my wounds the wine of penitence, and the oil of loving-kindness.
Eternal FATHER, I should not have the boldness to appear before Thee to implore
either pardon or graces ; but Thy Son has told me, that whatever grace I ask of Thee in His Name Thou wilt grant it me. I' offer Thee, therefore, the merits of JESUS CHRIST, and in His Name I ask of Thee first a general pardon of all my sins; I ask holy perseverance unto death; I ask' above all the gift of Thy holy love, that it may make me always to live according to Thy Divine will. O grant me all these things, and more also, for the Name and sake of JESUS. Amen.
Our FATHER, &c.
Psalm CV. Confitemini Domino. O give thanks unto the LORD, and call upon His Name : tell the people what things He hath done.
O let your songs be of Him, and praise Him : and let your talking be of all His wondrous works.
Rejoice in His Holy Name : let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
TUESDAYS IN EPIPHANY.
“ That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow.”—Philip. ii. 10.
It is an ancient law and custom of the Church, that all the faithful testify their veneration for the Holy Name of JESUS, by bowing their head whenever they pronounce or hear it. And every grateful lover and adorer of our Crucified Redeemer must be distressed to hear or see that Name treated with indifference or spoken of irreverently. And the reason of our devotion to this Name is not because we call upon JESUS alone. We do not separate Him from the FATHER and the HOLY GHOST. But the Divine Nature of the Blessed TRINITY being one, whatever honour is paid to One Person is paid to all Three. Thus the whole TRINITY is glorified by adoration to the Name of JESUS. But inasmuch as the Son became man for us, and is the Mediator between God and man, it is by His Humanity that we pray to God, and the Name of Jesus pleases God and deserves His love.
Whenever we religiously pronounce this Name, and call Jesus to mind by it, we re
present to ourselves the humblest, the tenderest, the meekest, the most spotless, holy, and perfect of men; a Divine Man endowed with all sanctity, all grace, and all virtues. But at the same time we represent to ourselves also This Man as the Almighty God, Who while He sets before us, on one side, the example of His holy life to imitate, gives us, on the other, 'light, strength, and grace to conform ourselves to it. And hence we can never repeat the holy Name without feelings of love and adoration, and the earnest desire to resemble Him, Who is the Holy of Holies, and the pattern Man.
And if we have Him thus before our eyes, we shall cheerfully embrace all trials for His sake. His Name will be a tower of strength into which we shall run and be safe. And they that know His Name will trust in Him.
O JESU, my LORD and my God, I am Thy servant.
Own Thou me, O JESU, my King.
O JESU, Who shalt come to judge the quick and the dead; enter not into judgment with Thy servant.
O GOD, Who hast made the most sweet Name of JESUS a source of joy to Thy faithful people, and a cause of terror to evil spirits ; grant that we who venerate this Holy Name, may in this life obtain comfort,