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

Inner Space: Journey to the Heart

What comes to mind when you hear the word “space?” Physical surroundings? The beauty of creation? The wide open spaces of West Texas? The final frontier and the voyages of the starship Enterprise? The Apollo missions, space shuttle flights? Yes, it is all this and more. We tend to think of space as a physical reality that is outside of us. We exist in and … Continue reading Inner Space: Journey to the Heart

The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer – A Brief Review

The Jesus Prayer lies at the core of ancient Christianity. Although it has been preserved primarily in the churches and monasteries of the Christian East, it is a universal prayer of and for all Christians; lay or ordained, Eastern or Western, monk or married. A beautiful and inspiring movie by Dr. Norris Chumley and Fr. John McGuckin, The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, now makes … Continue reading The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer – A Brief Review

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