In the Catholic Church, the month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. It is a time for us to be reminded of the power of Jesus’ name, and to celebrate being called to be God’s children.
If you are looking for ways to celebrate the Holy Name of Jesus this month (and beyond, if you like), here are a few things you can do (we plan to do this, too, as part of #LiturgicalLiving and homeschooling):
1. Learn more about why January is celebrated as the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus.
You can do this just by checking out CatholicCulture.org. It explains the history of the feast (Jan. 3), and the monogram for the Holy Name.
2. Watch a video about the Holy Name of Jesus.
I found one on YouTube.com, and am sharing it here:
3. Sing a song about the Holy Name of Jesus.
I don’t remember where or when I first learned this song but when I tried thinking of songs that spoke about Jesus’ Holy and Mighty Name, it was the first that came to mind.
I found this other song, too — a beautiful hymn that I hope we can memorize as a family. It’s usually sung during Eucharistic Adoration, so I think it’s perfect for us to learn it together since we hope to go to Adoration regularly as a family this year:
4. Pray the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.
Admittedly, we have never prayed this before so I think this month would be a great time to do so. I tried looking for a video that can best guide us and this is the best I could find:
The ambitious-Catholic-homeschooling-mama in me wants to teach the kids the version sung in Latin below but I don’t think it will be possible, ha, ha!
5. Make a Holy Name of Jesus craft.
If you have younger kids in your family (not necessarily your own kids but even your nieces, nephews, etc.), you might want to try making a Holy Name of Jesus craft or two during this month. Here are a few sites that can help you do so:
After reading through this list and doing a few (or all!) of our suggested activities, and you find yourself clamoring for even more ideas for celebrating the Holy Name of Jesus, you may want to check out Jen of Happy Little Homemaker’s post here.
Whatever you choose to do though, I pray that you will never, ever forget how powerful Jesus’ name is. I also pray that you will always remember how #TrulyRichandBlessed you are because God has YOUR name carved in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16)!
And if you have a friend or family member whom you think will be blessed by this article, please feel free to share it with them. God bless you!