The Holy Name of Jesus -“every knee shall bend”

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According to the Traditional Rite, we celebrate today (2nd January)  the Feast of  the Most  Holy Name. On 1st January — the Octave day of Christmas – we celebrated the Circumcision of Our Lord. It seems most fitting, then, that today we celebrate His Holy Name.

( Psalm 103:1-2; 20-22)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within thee bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He hath done for thee.Bless the LORD, all you his angels, mighty in strength, acting at his behest,obedient to his command. 21 Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, his ministers who carry out his will. 22 Bless the LORD, all his creatures, everywhere in his domain. Bless the LORD, my soul!

The name itself signifies the power of the Name. “Jesus” means ‘God saves’.

At the Annunciation the Angel Gabriel revealed His Name (Luke2:21)  His name was called Jesus, which was called by the Angel before He was conceived in the womb.” At the Incarnation, the Word of God became Jesus –  God made man.

By His word, God created all things out of nothing, He sustains the whole universe. His words are indicative of His infinite power. The name of ‘Jesus’ signifies God’s infinite Power.

Through it we can do wonders; through it St Peter cured a lame man.  Sts. Peter  and John met a beggar at the temple, but they had nothing to give him. St Peter said -” * Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean,[rise and] walk.  (Acts 3:6)

Fr Paul O”Sullivan ( in his book ‘The Wonders of the holy Name‘ tells us that St Paul did everything through Jesus’ Holy Name. He uprooted paganism, and cast out idols. He told us that “In the Name of Jesus every knee shall bend in Heaven, on earth and in Hell”.Many saints tell us of the power of this Holy Name. It is a Name, we should call on at all times – in trials and tribulations, in joy and sorrow. The Holy Name of Jesus is the easiest and shortest of prayers. It can be said by all, even in the midst of daily work.“We need to invoke the name of Jesus “asking Him to save us from the calamities that threaten us.” (Fr Paul O’Sullivan)

St Paul suffered much in all his travels, spreading the Name of Jesus.

 He bore  the Name of Jesus on his forehead because he gloried in proclaiming it to all men; he bore it on his lips because he loved to invoke it; on his hands, for he loved to write it in his epistles; in his heart, for his heart burned with love of it.

In these times, we must take his advice and do the same.

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The readings at Mass today (in the Extraordinary form) were really beautiful. ( 1962 missal)

INTROIT Philip. 2:10-11

At the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of the Father.
Ps. 8:2. O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is Your name over all the earth!
V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT

O God, it was You who conferred the name of Jesus upon Your only-begotten Son, the Savior of the world. Grant that by venerating His holy name on earth we may enjoy His presence in heaven. Through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and rules with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

EPISTLE Acts 4:8-12

In those days, Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them: “Ye princes of the people and ancients, hear. If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made whole: Be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him, this man standeth here before you, whole.

” This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.”
GRADUAL Ps. 105:47; Isa 63:16

Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in praising You.
V. You, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer. From eternity is Your name.

Alleluia, alleluiaV. Ps. 144:21

My lips shall speak the praise of the Lord; let all men bless His holy nameAlleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 2:21

At that time, after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 85:12, 5

I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forever. For You, O Lord, are sweet and mild, abounding in kindness to all who call upon You, alleluia!

SECRET

O Most Merciful God, may Your blessing, which gives life to all creation, sanctify the sacrifice we offer in honor of the name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Let this act of praise be pleasing to Your majesty and profitable towards our own salvation. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 85:9-10

All the nations You have made shall come and worship You, O Lord, and glorify Your name. For great  You are and do wondrous deeds. You alone are God. Alleluia!

POSTCOMMUNION
O Almighty and eternal God, who created and redeemed us, graciously hear our petitions. Receive kindly and favorably this saving Sacrificial Victim, which we have offered to Your majesty in honor of the name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Pour out Your grace upon us, that we may rejoice to see our names written in heaven under the glorious name of Jesus, who is the pledge of our eternal predestination. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .

Could this be a Sign of the Anger of God’s Son?

You know the old joke; “I couldn’t enter a church or the roof would cave in?”… well, those same people who make jokes like that, are now attending Mass AND receiving the Holy of Holies; without any fear of God; without shame, without a sense of unworthiness or repentance. Could it be that God sent them a sign and the roof did cave in?

In the last week of August, in the oldest church in Malta, in the middle of the night, the roof came crashing down. There was an almost perfect symmetrical hole, exactly in the centre of an artwork of the heavens, as if it came from there… But what’s even more noticeable is exactly where it fell.

It crashed down directly onto the modern altar, destroying it in shocking rubble. The new altar was completely destroyed and the rest of the church completely untouched. The pews were unmoved, neither was the lectern touched. They eerily stand witness to what happened in the middle of the night and seem ready to receive the congregation.

Any congregation sitting in the pew, seeing the destruction of the old altar would be shocked. The symbolism of the old altar left standing in its magnificent beauty, unveiled, as it was, by the destruction of the modern altar, and appearing to almost rise out of, or stand defiantly against the rubble, is not lost on me… It is now the only altar in the church.

 

The reasons why Jesus may be angry with this church are due to the Maltese bishop’s statement which used AL to open the path for homosexuals and those living in other irregular unions, who are unrepentant with no firm purpose of amendment, including but not limited to re-married divorcees, to receive Communion unworthily. First this was theoretical.  Then resisting priests were denounced and threatened with excommunication. Then this evil started to be implemented and thereby defiled the Altar of God and the Holiest Sacrament.

These two articles report the news and the second gives additional reasons why God may have sent this supernatural sign.

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-08-23/local-news/Part-of-ceiling-in-Rabat-church-collapses-6736178150

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/the-dark-symbolism-of-the-ceiling-collapsing-in-maltas-oldest-catholic-chur

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Is this a sign of a Prophecy fulfilled?

Extract from the message given to Maria Divine Mercy, below:

 MOTHER OF SALVATION FOR PRIESTS: TO REMAIN TRUE TO THE CHURCH OF MY SON ON EARTH YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO  FEED HIS FLOCK

2013.09.23

My child, many signs will be made known from the heavens, upon the roofs of my Son’s Churches, when the final changes are made in the liturgy of the Holy Mass.
All those who keep their eyes open and their ears alert, will witness the anger of my Son, in a way in which they cannot fail to notice.

(You can read the full prophecy here: https://missionofsalvation.wordpress.com/message-0919/ )

Well, I pondered this and prayed and asked God to send me a sign; some explanation of why this thing in the church had occurred. The message from Blessed Mother is for priests to remain true to Jesus’ Church and to be prepared to feed His flock in the way in which it was meant to be fed; with reverence, respect and belief in His True Presence. Being worthy by obeying His Commands. I know that the traditional priests maintain this teaching and practice, some of the Novus Ordo priests also do. Many of Malta’s priests now, sadly, do not. I then opened my CTS New Catholic Bible directly on this reading: 2 Chronicles 13- 2 and I read through to Chronicles 14: 1-8.

The Heading in my Bible is:

“Abijah and Loyalty to the Legitimate Priesthood.”

13 In the eighteenth year of the reign of King Jeroboam of Israel, Abijah became king of Judah, and he ruled three years in Jerusalem. His mother was Micaiah daughter of Uriel, from the city of Gibeah.

War broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam. Abijah raised an army of 400,000 soldiers, and Jeroboam opposed him with an army of 800,000.

The armies met in the hill country of Ephraim. King Abijah went up Mount Zemaraim, in the highlands of Ephraim, and called out to Jeroboam and the Israelites: “Listen to me!” he said“Don’t you know that the Lord, the God of Israel, has given the sovereignty of Israel to David and his descendants forever? It is an inviolable covenant for him and his sonsYet, Jeroboam, son of Nebat, a servant of Solomon, Son of David, has risen in revolt against his lord; worthless men, scoundrels, have rallied to him and they forced their will on Rehoboam son of Solomon, then a young man and timid, powerless to resist them. Now you propose to fight against the royal authority that the Lord gave to David’s descendants. You have a huge army and stand there with the gold bull-calves that Jeroboam made you for gods! 9 You drove out the Lord‘s priests, the descendants of Aaron, and you drove out the Levites. In their place, you appointed priests in the same way that other nations do. Anybody who comes along with a bull or seven sheep can get himself consecrated as a priest of what is no god at all!

10 “But for part, our God is the Lord whom we will still serve and have not abandoned him. Our priests are sons of Aaron who minister to the Lord and those who serve are Levites . 11 Every morning and every evening they offer him incense and sacrifices burned whole. They present the offerings of bread on a table that is ritually clean, and every evening they light the lamps on the golden lampstand. We do what the Lord has commanded, but you have abandoned him12 See how God is with us, at our head; see his priests with the trumpets, who will sound them to call us to battle against you. Sons of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of our ancestors for you will not succeed.”

13 Meanwhile, Jeroboam had sent some of his troops to ambush the Judean army from the rear, while the rest faced them from the front. 14 The Judeans looked around and saw that they were surrounded. They cried to the Lord for help, and the priests blew the trumpets. 15 The Judeans gave a loud shout, and led by Abijah, they attacked; God defeated Jeroboam and the Israelite army. 16 The Israelites fled from the Judeans, and God let the Judeans overpower them. 17 Abijah and his army dealt the Israelites a crushing defeat—half a million of Israel’s best soldiers were killed. 18 And so the people of Judah were victorious over Israel because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors.

19 Abijah pursued Jeroboam’s army and occupied some of his cities: Bethel, Jeshanah, and Ephron, and the villages near each of these cities. 20 Jeroboam never regained his power during Abijah’s reign. Finally the Lord struck him down, and he died.

21 Abijah, however, grew more powerful. He had fourteen wives and fathered twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters. 22 The rest of the history of Abijah, what he said and what he did, is written in The History of Iddo the Prophet.

2 Chronicles 14

“Asa and his reform of public worship”

King Abijah died and was buried in the royal tombs in David’s City. His son Asa succeeded him as king, and under Asa, the land enjoyed peace for ten years.

 Asa pleased the Lord, his God, by doing what was right and good. He abolished the foreign altars and the high places, broke down the pillars and sacred poles, and cut down the symbols of the goddess Asherah4 He urged the people of Judah to look to the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his teachings and commandments5 He abolished the high places and the altars of incense from all the cities of Judah, and so the kingdom was at peace under his rule. He built fortifications for the cities of Judah during this time, and for several years there was no war, because the Lord gave him peace. He told the people of Judah, “Let us fortify the cities by building walls and towers, and gates that can be shut and barred. We have control of the land because we have done the will of the Lord our God. He has protected us and given us security on every side.” And so they built and prospered. King Asa had an army of 300,000 men from Judah, armed with shields and spears, and 280,000 men from Benjamin, armed with shields and bows. All of them were brave, well-trained men.

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The connection to me was pretty clear but then on rising, the next morning, Monday 28.08.17,  I opened on:

1 Maccabees 4: 46-51
The heading is:

“The Purification of the Temple”

Then Judas and his brothers said,
    “Now that our enemies have been defeated, let’s go to Jerusalem to purify the Temple and re-dedicate it. 37 So the whole army was assembled and went up to Mount Zion. 38 There they found the Temple abandonedthe sanctuary a wilderness, the altar profaned, the gates burned down, vegetation growing in the courts and the priests’ rooms torn down. 39 In their sorrow, they tore their clothes, mourned bitterly, threw ashes on their heads, 40 and prostrated themselves on the ground. When the signal was given on the trumpets, everyone cried aloud to heaven.

41 Then Judas ordered some of his soldiers to attack the men in the fort, while he purified the sanctuary. 4He chose some priests who were blameless in their observance of the Law and who were devoted to it 43 to purify the sanctuary and remove the stones of the abomination that had been defiled and put them in an unclean place. 44 They discussed what should be done with the altar of holocausts, which had been profaned 45  and very properly, decided to tear it down, that it might never become a reproach to them from its defilement by the pagans. So they tore down the altar 46 and put the stones in a suitable place on the Temple hill, where they were to be kept until a prophet should appear and decide what to do with them. 47 Then they took uncut stones, as the Law prescribed, and built a new altar on the lines of the old one. 48 They restored the Holy Place, and the interior of the house , and purified its courts. 49 They made new sacred vessels and brought the lampstand, the altar of incense, and the table for the bread into the Temple. 50 They burned incense on the altar and lit the lamps on the lampstand, and there was light in the Temple! 51 They placed the loaves of bread on the table, hung the curtains, and completed all the work.

52-54 The twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev, in the year 148[a]was the anniversary of the day the Gentiles had desecrated the altar. On that day they made a lawful sacrifice was offered on the new altar of holocausts, which they had made. The new altar was dedicated and hymns were sung to the accompaniment of harps, lutes, and cymbals. 55 All the people bowed down with their faces to the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord for giving them victory.

56 For eight days they celebrated the re-dedication of the altar. With great joy, they brought burnt offerings and offered fellowship offerings and thanksgiving offerings.57 They decorated the front of the Temple with gold crowns and shields, rebuilt the gates and the priests’ rooms and put doors on them. 58 Now that the Jews had removed the shame which the Gentiles had brought, they held a great celebration.59 Then Judas, his brothers, and the entire community of Israel decreed that the rededication of the altar should be celebrated with a festival of joy and gladness at the same time each year, beginning on the twenty-fifth of the month of Kislev and lasting for eight days.

60 Then they built high walls and strong towers around Mount Zion, so that the Gentiles could not come in and trample and defile it again. 61 Judas placed a detachment of soldiers there to guard the Temple. He also fortified the town of Bethzur, so that the people of Israel would have a fortress facing Idumea.

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I think that God takes his Holy Temple, His priests, His commandments, profanation, and desecration of His Altars pretty seriously, don’t you? Our Lady’s message was that signs would be sent on the roofs of her Son’s Churches, showing his displeasure. No matter what physically caused this, the symbolism of that gaping hole and the destroyed altar, in the oldest church in Malta, cannot be missed.

God bless+++

Donna Liane

 

 

Bible used: The CTS New Catholic Bible, The Incorporated Catholic Truth Society, London, 2007.