"The Season of Septuagesima comprises the three weeks immediately preceding Lent. It forms one of the principal divisions of the Liturgical Year, and is itself divided into three parts, each part corresponding to a week: the first is called Septuagesima; the second, Sexagesima; the third, Quinquagesima.
A 12th century hymn attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Jesu Dulcis Memoria extols the Most Holy Name of Jesus. It's text has inspired centuries of composers, from Palestrina, to Victoria, even until today.
In an effort to "close out" the month of the Holy Name - or rather give it back to heaven - the text of this beloved hymn is below, as well as links to a few more well-known renditions.
Jesu Duclis Memoria
Even as a young girl, St. Angela Merici was a profoundly religious soul. At the age of 10, when she and her older sister became orphans, they led a quiet and devout Catholic life. As she grew older, St. Angela's relationship with the Lord grew and her prayer life deepened, eventually leading her to join the Third Order of St. Francis and consecrate herself as a virgin.
“The name of Jesus, is in fact, the great foundation of the faith
that turns people into children of God."
- St. Bernardine of Siena
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten, to our help
and deliver us from the deceits of Satan.
Intercede for us with Jesus that we may always accept God’s graces
and be found faithful to Him in our particular states of life.
- taken from the prayer to Our Lady of Prompt Succor -
As the New Year begins, many people look towards the motto, "new year, new me." Many wish to get back on track with their health - starting exercise routines or a different way of eating. Others focus on mental health. removing stress in their life, or carving out more time for family and loved ones. Thankfully, others wish to bring about a healthier soul - diving deeper into their spiritual life. All of these are good attitudes for one to have, providing that we see that a healthier body, mind, and soul helps one to serve God better and to more perfectly do His will.
"All they from Saba shall come bringing gold and frankincense
and showing forth praise to the Lord."
Isaiah 60: 6, 1
Today we celebrate a feast of great Splendor: the Epiphany, or manifestation, of Christ to the Gentiles, "the festival of the eternal Word, clothed in the flesh, revealing Himself to mankind," (Roman Missal). As the Sacred texts are always applicable to our life today, it is not just to the Gentiles in that time that Christ manifested His divinity; He does so even now.
"At the name of Jesus let every knee bow of those that are in heaven,
on earth and under the earth; and let every tongue confess that
the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2: 10 - 11