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Prayers and Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus in Latin & English

Altar of the Holy Name of Jesus, with the IHS monogram at the top, Lublin, Poland.

Altar of the Holy Name of Jesus, with the IHS monogram at the top, “Iesus Hominum Salvator” – IHS – “Jesus Saviour of Mankind.” Lublin, Poland.

The name Jesus comes from the Greek Iesous which was derived from the Aramaic, Yeshu. It means “Yahweh is salvation.” Every Catholic should love and have great devotion to the Most Holy Name of JESUS, for this is the Name of our Divine Savior. More than that, this Name is our very Salvation: There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The Holy Name of Jesus saves us from innumerable evils and delivers us especially from the power of the devil who is constantly seeking to do us harm. The Name of Jesus gradually fills our souls with a peace and a joy we never had before.

“As children, the Sisters of Mercy taught us to bow our head whenever we heard the name of Jesus or said His name ourselves. This pious practice has not been promoted by the “Renewed Church of the Modernists.” Children are no longer taught to do this and as they grow into adults and have children of their own, they are unaware of it.

Jesus’ name is known far and wide, but as a word with which to swear profanely. His Name is blasphemed, He is depicted as a homosexual doing unspeakable things to His Own Body, His Mother’s perpetual virginity is disdained and so forth. Our culture is strewn with the garbage of sacrilege. If only souls knew the riches of just uttering the Sweet Name of Jesus with reverence and wonder, and the happiness which that Name brings to souls so disposed.” [Ref: catholictradition.org]

The Golden Arrow Prayer


May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most mysterious and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

This prayer is said to have been revealed by Jesus Himself to a Carmelite Nun of Tours in 1843 as a reparation for blasphemy. “This Golden Arrow will wound My Heart delightfully,” He said, “and heal the wounds inflicted by blasphemy.”

Prayer to the Holy Name – St. Alphonsus


O my Jesus, thou art the Savior who hast given Thy blood and Thy life for me, I pray Thee to write Thy adorable name on my poor heart; so that having it always imprinted in my heart by love, I may also have it ever on my lips, by invoking it in all my necessities. If the devil tempts me, Thy name will give me strength to resist him; if I lose confidence, Thy name will animate me to hope; if I lose confidence, Thy name will animate me to hope; if I am in affliction, Thy name will comfort me, by reminding me of all Thou hast endured for me. If I find myself cold in Thy love, Thy name will inflame me by reminding me of the love Thou hast shown me. I have fallen into so many sins, because I did not call on Thee; from henceforth Thy name shall be my defense, my refuge, my hope, my only consolation, my only love. Thus do I hope to live, and so do I hope to die, having Thy name always on my lips.

The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ; or, The Mysteries of the Faith
St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Redemptorist Fathers, 1927.

Prayer to the Holy Name – St. Bernardine of Siena


Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength! You are the refuge of those who repent, our banner of warfare in this life, the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who morn, the delight of those who believe, the light of those who preach the true faith, the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick.

To You our devotion aspires; by You our prayers are received; we delight in contemplating You. O Name of Jesus, You are the glory of all the saints for eternity. Amen.

Prayer Petition to the Holy Name of Jesus


God, You appointed Your only-begotten Son to be the Savior of mankind, and You commanded His Name to be Jesus. I beg that a most ardent love of Your Divine Son imprint that Name upon my heart; that it always be on my mind, and frequently on my lips; that it be my defense in temptation, my refuge in danger, and my consolation and strength in the hour of my death.

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus


Kyrie, eleison,
(Kyrie, eleison.) 
Kyrie, eleison,
Iesu, audi nos
(Iesu, exaudi nos.)
Lord, have mercy,
(Christ, have mercy.) 

Lord, have mercy,
Jesus, hear us.
(Jesus, graciously hear us.)
Pater de caelis,Deus,
Fili,Redemptor mundi,Deus,
Spiritus Sancte,Deus,
Sancta Trinitas,unus Deus,
Iesu, Fili Dei vivi,
Iesu, splendor Patris,
Iesu, candor lucis aeternae,
Iesu, rex gloriae,
Iesu, sol iustitiae,
Iesu, Fili Mariae Virginis,
Iesu, amabilis,
Iesu, admirabilis,
Iesu, Deus fortis,
Iesu, pater futuri saeculi,
Iesu, magni consilii angele,
Iesu potentissime,
Iesu patientissime,
Iesu oboedientissime,
Iesu, mitis et humilis corde,
Iesu, amator castitatis,
Iesu, amator noster,
Iesu, Deus pacis,
Iesu, auctor vitae,
Iesu, exemplar virtutum,
Iesu, zelator animarum,
Iesu, Deus noster,
Iesu, refugium nostrum,
Iesu, pater pauperum,
Iesu, thesaure fidelium,
Iesu, bone pastor,
Iesu, lux vera,
Iesu, sapientia aeterna,
Iesu, bonitas infinita,
Iesu, via et vita nostra,
Iesu, gaudium Angelorum,
Iesu, rex Patriarcharum,
Iesu, magister Apostolorum,
Iesu, doctor Evangelistarum,
Iesu, fortitudo Martyrum,
Iesu, lumen Confessorum,
Iesu, puritas Virginum,
Iesu, corona Sanctorum omnium,
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God, the Father of Heaven,
God the Son,Redeemer of the world,
God,the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity,one God,
Jesus, Son of the living God,
Jesus, Splendor of the Father,
Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light,
Jesus, King of Glory,
Jesus, Sun of Justice,
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,
Jesus, most amiable,
Jesus, most admirable,
Jesus, the mighty God,
Jesus, Father of the world to come,
Jesus, angel of great counsel,
Jesus, most powerful,
Jesus, most patient,
Jesus, most obedient,
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
Jesus, Lover of Chastity,
Jesus, our Lover,
Jesus, God of Peace,
Jesus, Author of Life,
Jesus, Model of Virtues,
Jesus, zealous for souls,
Jesus, our God,
Jesus, our Refuge,
Jesus, Father of the Poor,
Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful,
Jesus, good Shepherd,
Jesus, true Light,
Jesus, eternal Wisdom,
Jesus, infinite Goodness,
Jesus, our Way and our Life,
Jesus, joy of the Angels,
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs,
Jesus, Master of the Apostles,
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists,
Jesus, Strength of Martyrs,
Jesus, Light of Confessors,
Jesus, Purity of Virgins,
Jesus, Crown of all Saints,
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Propitius esto,
(parce nobis, Iesu.)
Propitius esto,
(exaudi nos, Iesu.)
Be merciful unto us,
(spare us, O Jesus!)
Be merciful unto us,
(graciously hear us, O Jesus!)
Ab omni malo,
Ab omni peccato,
Ab ira tua,
Ab insidiis diaboli,
A spiritu fornicationis,
A morte perpetua,
A neglectu inspirationum tuarum,
Per mysterium sanctae Incarnationis tuae,
Per nativitatem tuam,
Per infantiam tuam,
Per divinissimam vitam tuam,
Per labores tuos,
Per agoniam et passionem tuam,
Per crucem et derelictionem tuam,
Per languores tuos,
Per mortem et sepulturam tuam,
Per resurrectionem tuam,
Per ascensionem tuam,
Per sanctissimae Eucharistiae institutionem tuam,
Per gaudia tua,
Per gloriam tuam,
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From all evil,
From all sin,
From Thy wrath,
From the snares of the devil,
From the spirit of fornication,
From everlasting death,
From the neglect of Thine inspirations,
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,
Through Thy Nativity,
Through Thine Infancy,
Through Thy most divine Life,
Through Thy Labors,
Through Thy Agony and Passion,
Through Thy Cross and Dereliction,
Through Thy Sufferings,
Through Thy Death and Burial,
Through Thy Resurrection,
Through Thine Ascension,
Through Thine Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist,
Through Thy Joys,
Through Thy Glory,
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Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
(parce nobis, Domine.)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
(exaudi nos, Iesu.)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
(miserere nobis, Iesu.)
Iesu, audi nos,
(Iesu, exaudi nos.)
 Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
(spare us, O Jesus!)
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
(graciously hear us, O Jesus!)
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
(have mercy on us, O Jesus!)
Jesus, hear us,
(Jesus, graciously hear us)
Oremus. Domine Iesu Christe, qui dixisti: Petite et accipietis; quaerite et invenietis; pulsate et aperietur vobis; quaesumus, da nobis petentibus divinissimi tui amoris affectum, ut te toto corde, ore et opere diligamus et a tua numquam laude cessemus. Sancti Nominis tui, Domine, timorem pariter et amorem fac nos habere perpetuum, quia numquam tua gubernatione destituis,quos in soliditate, tuae dilectionis instituis. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.
(Amen.)
 Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who has said: Ask and ye shall receive; seek,and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: grant, we beseech Thee, to us who ask the grace of Thy most divine love, that we may love Thee with all our hearts, words and works, and never cease to praise Thee. Make us, O Lord, to have a continual fear and love of Thy holy Name; for Thou never ceasest to rule and govern those whom Thou doest solidly establish in Thy love. Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.
(Amen.)

According to the 1962 Missal, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is a feast of the liturgical year and celebrated on January 2nd.

For it is written: As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. [Romans 14:11]

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