The Name of Jesus.
IHS
"A monogram of the name of Jesus Christ. From the third century the names of our Saviour are sometimes shortened, particularly in Christian inscriptions (IH and XP, for Jesus and Christus). In the next century the "sigla" (chi-rho) occurs not only as an abbreviation but also as a symbol. From the beginning, however, in Christian inscriptions the nomina sacra, or names of Jesus Christ, were shortened by contraction, thus IC and XC or IHS and XPS for Iesous Christos. These Greek monograms continued to be used in Latin during the Middle Ages." Catholic Encyclopedia.

Bernadine of SiensHere in a detail of a painting by El Greco, St. Bernadine of Siena holds a staff with the symbol IHS on the top surmounted by a cross. He was born in 1380 and died at age 64 in 1444. "Bernardine, who had come to Siena to study, threw himself into prayer and fasting to discover what God wanted him to do.... [I]n 1403 he joined the Franciscans and in 1404 he was ordained a priest."

His first twelve years were uneventful but he "began the missionary life of the one whom Pope Pius II called a second Paul. He crisscrossed Italy on foot, preaching for hours at a time, several times a day. We are told he preached on punishment for sin as well as reward for virtue but focusing in the end on the mercy of Jesus and the love of Mary. His special devotion was to the Holy Name of Jesus." St. Bernadine of Siena, Catholic Online Saints page.

 

"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 morn, 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. Amen." St. Bernardine of Sienna. Rev. Charles Dollen, Prayer Book of the Saints, Our Sunday Visitor (1984)

"Naught but the name of Jesus can restrain the impulse of anger, repress the swelling of pride, cure the wound of envy, bridle the onslaught of luxury, extinguish the flame of carnal desire - can temper avarice, and put to flight impure and ignoble thoughts." St. Bernard of Clairvaux 'On the Name of Jesus'.

Flog your enemies with the Name of Jesus, for there is no weapon more powerful in heaven or on earth. St. John Climacus 'Ladder of Divine Ascent'." M. Pepper, The Harper Religious & Inspirational Quotation Companion., Harper & Row (1989).

"There is power in the very Name, something all pagan religions know. To know someone's name means to have power over them, however external: they will, after all, turn round for you if you name them aloud, stop in their tracks, look up." "Jesus has freely given us his name,. which means 'Saviour'. It has extraordinary power: do we use it?" Sister Wendy Beckett, The Myster of Love, Harper Collins (1996) p. 56.

"The Invocation of the Name as a Spiritual Way

"I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they shall walk up and down in his Name. " Zechariah 10: 12. DR.

The invocation of the Name of Jesus may be simply an episode on our spiritual way (an episode is. etymologically, something that happens on the way). Or it may be for us a way, one spiritual way among others. Or it may be the way, the spiritual way which we definitely and predominantly (if not exclusively) choose. In other terms the invocation of the Name may be for us either a transitory act, a prayer which we use for a time and leave it for others; or--more than an act-a method which we continuously use, but in addition to other forms and methods of prayer: or the method around which we ultimately build and organize our whole spiritual life. It all depends on our personal call, circumstances and possibilities. Here we are only concerned with 'beginners', with those who wish to acquire the first notions about that prayer and a first contact with the Holy Name, and also with those who, having had this first contact, wish to enter `the way of the Name'." Lev Gillet, On the Invocation of the Name of Jesus, Templegate Publishers (1985), pp. 25-26. See, Prayer without Ceasing.

 

Scripture

See, Mark 10:47; Luke 17:13. Each of these passages indicate a use of Jesus name to attract his attention successfully and obtain his help. It would make sense to use the same prayer ourselves. In Luke 18:36-39 note how the blind man was persistent. The other people couldn't shut him up. This fits the story in Luke 18:1-8. Also notice the prayer in Luke 18:9-14. This has been adapted in tradtion by adding the Name of Jesus to the start of the prayer: "Jesus, Lord, have mercy on me a sinner" or other variation. [Links are to the NIV.] See the Prayer of the Heart, the Jesus Prayer.

John 16:23 "Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." NAB.

"John said to him, 'Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.' But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me." Mark 9:38-39. NAB

"But these [signs] are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name." John 20:31. NAB.

"Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38. NAB.

"But Peter said, 'I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.'" Acts 3:6. NAB.

"And by faith in [Jesus'] name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you." Acts 3:16. NAB.

"When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead." Acts 4:7-10. NAB.

"'[G]rant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.' When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:29-31. NAB.

"Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, 'I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.' Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit said to them in reply, 'Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?' Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered them all, and so overpowered them that they fled out of the house naked and wounded. When this became known to all residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks, everyone was awestruck; and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. Acts 19:13-17. NAB.

"Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil. 2:9-11. NAB.

"[W]hatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Col. 3:17. NAB.

"And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us." 1John 3:23-24. NAB.

The above scripture quotes are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

 

"Whoever clings to me I will deliver;
whoever knows my name I will set on high.
All who call upon me I will answer;
I will be with them in distress;
I will deliver them and give them honor.
With length of days, I will satisfy them
and show them my saving power."
Psalm 91:14-16. NAB.

See The Name of Jesus in Prayer.

Try the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus in your prayer.

It is an older prayer, but you may find it effective, or try the Litany of the Passion.

For more one the Name of Jesus, look at the Jesus section, the meaning of the Name.


"The Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyrighted 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved." See "About thr NRSV"; and the bible browser.
 
The detail of El Greco's image of St. Bernardine is displayed here for non-profit religious and educational purposes only. No other us is intended or permitted. The text is by the Rev. Roger J. Smith, unless attributed to someone else, and is presented "as is". ©1997, Roger J. Smith.
 
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