On the 3rd January we celebrate the Holy name of Jesus. Saying the holy name of Jesus is one of the simplest prayers we can say.
Here we see one of the vestments from the Cathedral's 2011 Vestment Exhibition showing the three letters IHS which remind us of the name of Jesus.
|Image of Vestment|
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
2665 The prayer of the Church, nourished by the Word of God and the celebration of the liturgy, teaches us to pray to the Lord Jesus. Even though her prayer is addressed above all to the Father, it includes in all the liturgical traditions forms of prayer addressed to Christ. Certain psalms, given their use in the Prayer of the Church, and the New Testament place on our lips and engrave in our hearts prayer to Christ in the form of invocations: Son of God, Word of God, Lord, Saviour, Lamb of God, King, Beloved Son, Son of the Virgin, Good Shepherd, our Life, our Light, our Hope, our Resurrection, Friend of mankind.
2668 ... [Saying the name of Jesus] This prayer is possible "at all times" because it is not one occupation among others but the only occupation: that of loving God, which animates and transfigures every action in Christ Jesus.