A New Year’s Day Reflection: 2017, Good Or Bad?

The year end reviews and assessments are underway. You can read them in the op eds and on social media. You can hear them in the conversations we share with one another and in the silence of our own hearts. Was 2017 a good year or a bad year? It depends, I guess, on who is asking and about what. What will 2018 bring? There … Continue reading A New Year’s Day Reflection: 2017, Good Or Bad?

Anno Domini 2016, New Year, Prayer, Holy Name

Prayers for the New Year

While the civil calendar marks January 1 as New Year’s Day, the Church celebrates January 1 as the Feast of the Holy Name, Jesus. Although the two might be celebrated in different ways, they are not necessarily in opposition. Behind the celebrations, resolutions, and good wishes associated with the New Year I suspect there are, for many people, hope and a deep longing for a … Continue reading Prayers for the New Year

Salty, Doo Doo, and Jesus – A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Name, Luke 2:15-21

The collect and readings for January 1, the Feast of the Holy Name, may be found here. The following sermon is based on the gospel, Luke 2:15-21. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb (Lk. 2:21) My wife and I spent some … Continue reading Salty, Doo Doo, and Jesus – A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Name, Luke 2:15-21

Richard Rolle on Devotion to the Name, Jesus

And seeing that you yearn to be God’s lover, I appeal to you to love this name, Jesus, and meditate on it in your heart so that you never forget it wherever you are. And, assuredly, I promise you that you will find great joy and strength in it; and because of the love with which you love Jesus so tenderly and as such an … Continue reading Richard Rolle on Devotion to the Name, Jesus

St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the Feast of the Holy Name

January 1 is the Feast of the Holy Name. St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote the following about the Holy Name of Jesus: The sweet Name of Jesus produces in us holy thoughts, fills the soul with noble sentiments, strengthens virtue, begets good works, and nourishes pure affections. All spiritual food leaves the soul dry, if it contain not that penetrating oil, the Name Jesus. When … Continue reading St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the Feast of the Holy Name

The Feast of the Holy Name, Jesus

The Feast of the Holy Name is celebrated eight days after the Nativity, January 1. Under the Law of Moses, all male infants were to be circumcised on the eighth day after birth (Lv. 12:3). It was also customary at this time to name the child. The collect and readings for this feast may be found here. Luke tells us, When the angels had left … Continue reading The Feast of the Holy Name, Jesus