The Octave of Holy Innocents

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The Octave of Holy Innocents

WE finish to-day the Octave consecrated to the memory of the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem. Thanks be to God, who has given them to us to be our intercessors and our models! Their name will not reappear on the Church’s Calendar until the return of the Christmas Solemnity; let us therefore devoutly approach these sweet Infant Saints—venerate them, love them, and address to them our farewell prayers.

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INSTRUCTION ON THE FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS

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INSTRUCTION ON THE FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS

The Church’s Year
Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine

(Sunday after the Octave of the Nativity or January 2)

Who instituted this festival?

Pope Innocent XIII in the year 1721 commanded that the most Holy Name of Jesus should be solemnly honored throughout the Catholic world. St. Bernard, with the sanction of the Apostolic See, had established the solemn veneration of this most Holy Name in his order a few centuries before.

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