Name of Jesus

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Because of the close relation between name and person, the name of Jesus is used in the NT as a synonym for Christ, denoting His character and authority. The disciples perform miracles and exorcisms ‘in the name of Jesus’, i.e. by His power (Mk. 9: 38 ff., Acts 4: 30), and baptize in it (Acts 2: 38). Devotion to the Holy Name was popularized by the Franciscans in the 15th cent. A feast was officially granted to them in 1530 and prescribed for the whole RC Church in 1721; it was suppressed in 1969. It had been kept on various dates in Jan. In the Anglican Communion it is sometimes observed on 7 Aug., the date assigned to it in the calendar of the BCP. The American BCP (1979) places it on 1 Jan., and various other modern Anglican liturgies use the ‘Naming of Jesus’ as an alternative title for the feast of the Circumcision.

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