Today in the Church Year: Jan. 3, 2012

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion, Liturgical Year

Today is a Tuesday in Christmas. The liturgical color is white.


Saints & Celebrations:

Today, January 3, in the Ordinary Form, we celebrate the Most Holy Name of Jesus. It is an optional memorial.

There is no special liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

If you'd like to learn more about the Most Holy Name of Jesus, you can click here.

For information about other saints, blesseds, and feasts celebrated today, you can click here.



To see today's readings in the Ordinary Form, you can click here.

Or you can click play to listen to them:


Devotional Information:

According to the Holy See's Directory on Popular Piety:

12. The optional nature of pious exercises should in no way be taken to imply an under estimation or even disrespect for such practices. The way forward in this area requires a correct and wise appreciation of the many riches of popular piety, of the potentiality of these same riches and of the commitment to the Christian life which they inspire.

The Gospel is the measure against which all expressions of Christian piety – both old and new – must be measured. The task of evaluating devotional exercises and practices, and of purifying them when necessary, must be conducted against this criterion so as to ensure their proper relationship with the Christian mystery. What is said of the Christian Liturgy is also true of popular piety: "it may never incorporate rites permeated by magic, superstition, animism, vendettas or sexual connotations."

Hence, the liturgical renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council must also inspire a correct evaluation and renewal of pious exercises and devotional practices. Popular piety should be permeated by: a biblical spirit, since it is impossible to imagine a Christian prayer without direct or indirect reference to Sacred Scripture; a liturgical spirit if it is to dispose properly for or echo the mysteries celebrated in the liturgical actions; an ecumenical spirit, in consideration of the sensibilities and traditions of other Christians without, however, being restricted by inappropriate inhibitions; an anthropological spirit which both conserves symbols and expressions of importance or significance for a given nation while eschewing senseless archaicisms, and which strives to dialogue in terms redolent with contemporary sensibility. To be successful, such a renewal must be imbued with a pedagogical awareness and realized gradually, always taking into consideration time and particular circumstances.

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Adam D January 3, 2012 at 4:43 am

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Jimmy Akin January 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm


Sharon January 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I think it is a pity that the Name of Jesus and The Most Precious Blood are no longer a feast days. If a feast day is optional it may as well not be mentioned. In Feast of Faith then Joseph Ratzinger lamented the deletion, after Vatican II, of many of the traditional feast days.

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