The Power of a Name!





The Power of a Name

Today, in the Traditional Rite, we celebrate the Holy Name of Jesus. The Power of this name is something, that we were always taught, but it is rarely mentioned now. It is a weapon, a comfort, a help we should never ignore.

Today, however, this most Powerful and Beautiful Name is used to curse and swear; it is blasphemed and mocked. Once upon a time, we would see every person in Church bow their heads or give a little nod every time It is heard.

Benefits of invoking the Name of Jesus:

  • brings us help in bodily needs:

“In my name They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)

In the Name of Jesus the Apostles gave strength to the lame (Acts 3:6; 9:34) and life to the dead (Acts 9:40).

  • It gives consolation in spiritual trials:

The Name of Jesus reminds the sinner of the prodigal son’s father and of the Good Samaritan; it recalls to the just the suffering and death of the innocent Lamb of God.

  • It protects us against Satan and his wiles, for the Devil fears the Name of Jesus, who has conquered him on the Cross.
  • In It we obtain every blessing and grace for time and eternity:

If you ask the Father anything in my name he will give it you.” (John 16:23)

Bernadine loved this devotion to the Holy Name. Below is a prayer he would say every day:

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 mourn, 
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. 

 “The Golden Arrow Prayer,” was revealed by Jesus to a Carmelite nun of Tours in 1843 as a reparation for blasphemy:

“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.”


In the following Litany, (one of my favourites) there is a different reason/power  for every line – i.e. each time the Name of Jesus is invoked.

Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light, [etc.]
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,

Be merciful unto us, spare us, O Jesus. 
Be merciful unto us, graciously hear us, O Jesus.  

From all evil, Jesus, deliver us. 
From all sin, Jesus, deliver us. 
From Your wrath, [etc.]
From the snares of the devil,
From the spirit of fornication,
From everlasting death,
From the neglect of Your inspirations,
Through the mystery of Your Holy Incarnation,
Through Your Nativity,
Through Your Infancy,
Through Your most divine Life,
Through Your Labors,
Through Your Agony and Passion,
Through Your cross and Dereliction,
Through your Sufferings,
Through Your Death and Burial,
Through Your Resurrection,
Through Your Ascension,
Through Your Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist,
Through Your Joys,
Through Your Glory,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Jesus.
Jesus, hear us. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast 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 gift of Thy most divine love, that we may ever love Thee with all our hearts, and in all our words and actions, and never cease praising Thee. Give us, O Lord, a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy name; for Thou never failest to govern those whom Thou dost solidly establish in Thy love. Who livest and reignest, world without end. R. Amen.




Happy Feast Day, dear Guardian Angels. They are our best friends!


Today is a very special Feastday. Where would we all be without our Guardian Angels? Most of us at least say a short simple prayer to our angel each morning and/or night. But we can never underestimate their presence or their love for us. I. too was taught this little simple prayer and was faithful to it, but it wasn’t until I was older, and met Fr Alessio Parente, who wrote the book about  Padre Pio‘s own guardian angel, that I started to really take notice. I managed to get a signed copy of his book years ago when I visited San Giovanni Rotundo. This book is a treasure – it is worth getting hold of and a great source to retell the stories to Children. See the video below: (Fr Parente was a personal carer for Padre Pio for many years – his stories are first hand)

Devotions to the Holy Angels

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?”–Heb.i. 14

The Angels,” says St. Augustine, “love us as their fellow-citizens, and hope to see us fill up what has been lost to their own number by the fall of the rebel angels.

For this reason they are always present with us, and watch over us with the greatest care.

At all times, and in every place, they are ready to help us, and to provide for our wants.

They walk with us in all our ways; going out and coming in, they follow us still, anxiously considering whether we live piously and purely in the midst of a wicked world.

They assist those who labor;

they guard those who rest;

they encourage those who light;

they crown those who conquer;

they rejoice with the joyful, and sympathize with the suffering.

When we do well, the angels are glad, but the devils are sad.

When we sin, the devils rejoice, but the angels are cheated of their joy.” (Solil.ap. 27.)

We ought, therefore, to honor these blessed spirits with very great reverence and affection, and to pray to them, especially our guardian angels, to whom God has given charge over us, to keep us in all our ways (Ps. xc), and we may be sure that this devotion will be most pleasing to them, and most useful to ourselves.


Previous posts

During the last few years (since 2015) my daughter (Remnant Child of Mary) and I, have shared some stories about our Guardian angels – some personal and from family members and others from Prayer group members. There are also other posts you may wish to read. See some of them here.

They can all be found on our site:

Personal story

Angels and the Eucharist:

My angel speaks

A letterbox and a phone:

and also:

Angels in the Bible:

All we need to know:


A Special Prayer to our guardian angels in these times:

Litany of those Saints
(Who have been specially favored by the Angels)

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One only God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, who hast been saluted by the Archangel Gabriel, pray for us *

St. Joseph, who received the divine commands by Angels,*
St. Peter, delivered from captivity by an Angel,*
St. John, taught sublime secrets by an Angel,*
St. Gregory and St. Philip Neri, whose charity to the poor caused the Angels to appear among them, when you administered relief to their wants,*
SS. Nicholas and Martin, whom the Angels gratified at death with heavenly music,*
St. Pachomius, who received by an Angel a rule for the religious whom you governed,*
St. Francis, who received the stigmas of the Passion by a Seraph,*
St. Wenceslaus, whom the Angels visibly protected in battle,*
SS. Raymond and Stanislaus, who are said to have received the Holy Eucharist by the ministry of Angels,*
St. Thomas of Aquin, who received the gift of chastity through the agency of an Angel,*
St. Isidore, whom the Angels assisted at work to furnish you with more time for prayer,*
St. Camillus, protected by Angels in your journeys,*
St. Mary Magdalene, who learned the Resurrection of Jesus from Angels,*
St. Catherine of Sienna, espoused by Jesus Christ in the presence of the Angels,*
SS. Agnes and Cecily, protected by Angels,*
St. Francis, who often conversed with and received from your good Angel innumerable favours,*
St. Catherine of Sweden, whose soul at death was received by Angels,*
St. Teresa, the transformation of whose heart with Divine love was accomplished by an Angel,*
St. Rose of Lima, who, in recompense of your purity, enjoyed the familiarity of your Angel,*
O all ye Holy Saints who have been most devoted to and favored by the Angels,*

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Pardon us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Hear us O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Lord hear my prayer,
And let my supplication come to Thee.

O God! Who with wonderful order hast regulated the functions of angels and of men, grant that those who always assist before Thy throne in heaven may defend us here on earth, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

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