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Induction Ceremony

To become a professed member of the Confraternity of the most Holy Name of God and Jesus (Holy Name Society) requires the candidate to make a public profession of faith.  This is completed using a formal ceremony in front of a Church that is properly charted to the Dominican Order and the altar has been properly erected to the Confraternity of the most Holy Names of God and Jesus.  The Induction Ceremony is typically conducted on the Feast of the most Holy Name of Jesus, January 3. 

 

Induction Ceremony for Membership into the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus (Holy Name Society)

[All please Stand]

Priest:  Let us pray for those here present, who have asked to be admitted into the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and  Jesus. 

ALL:  O Glorious Name of Jesus, Gracious Name, Name of Love and Power!  Through You sins are forgiven, enemies are vanquished, the sick are freed from illness, the suffering are made strong and cheerful.  You bring honor to believers, instruction to those who preach, strength to those who toil, and sustenance to those who are weary.    

Our love for You is ardent and glowing, through You our prayers are heard. The souls of those who contemplate You are filled to overflowing; and all the blessed in heaven are filled with Your glory. Grant that we too may reign with them through this Your most Holy Name. Amen.

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Priest:  O Jesus.  Your Name means "Savior".  We ask in Your glorious name that You mercifully grant the following petitions:

Jesus, You said, "Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My Name" (John 16:23).  We ask that a most ardent love of Your Divine Son may imprint the Sacred Name of Jesus upon our hearts; that it may always be on our minds, and frequently on our lips; that it may be our defense against temptation, and our consolation and support at the hour of our death. 

O God we earnestly beseech Thee, bless the intentions of each one of these Candidates standing here before you today and strengthen their resolutions. With the help of Thine divine grace, may they be forever faithful to their promises and to the practices of the Confraternity, and merit to attain eternal life. We ask this through the Holy Name of Jesus.

ALL:  Amen.

[All please Sit] 

Moderator:  A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians 

Philippians Chapter 2:3-11 

Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in   likeness of men.  And being found in human form He humbled    Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Word of the Lord. 

ALL: Amen

Moderator:  “Veni Creator Spiritus”

Spirit Creator of mankind. Come, visit every pious mind. And sweetly let Thy grace invade Our hearts, O Lord, which Thou hast made. Thou art the Comforter, whom all Gifts of the highest God must call, The living fountain, fire and love, The ghostly unction from above.

Priest:  Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.

Response:  And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

[All please Stand]

Priest:  Let us pray.

O God, who, by the light of the Holy Spirit has instructed the hearts of the faithful, grant us, in the same Holy Spirit, to relish what is right and ever rejoice in His consolation.  Through Christ our Lord.

ALL: Amen. 

 

Promises of the Candidates

 Moderator:  Father, these candidates here present desire to be admitted into the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus.

Priest:  If there shall be no objection on the part of the Confraternity, let them come forward. 

Moderator:  Will those Catholic men who have indicated their desire to become members of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus, please come forward as your name is called.

[When the name of the Candidate is called, he should proceed to the altar rail and kneel]

Moderator: My dear Brothers in Christ, you have manifested a desire to be admitted into the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus.  As members of this Confraternity we come together today to profess our faithfulness to Our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ and to the one true Church which He founded. 

Priest:  Candidates, since you have manifested a desire to be  admitted into the Confraternity of the Holy Names of God and Jesus, it is necessary to know your dispositions.  Are you disposed to observe the Rules and Constitutions of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus, so as to merit a participation in its spiritual benefits?

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I am. 

Priest:  Candidates you know what will be required of you as members of the Confraternity.  Do you, therefore, promise to respect and to love the Sacred Name of Jesus, and to do all in your power to extend that respect and love, as well as belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ?  

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise.

Priest:  Do you promise to abstain from blasphemous and immodest language, and to labor that those under your charge refrain from such language?

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise.

Priest:  Do you promise to strive, both by word and example, to   promote the glory of God and the reverence due to His Holy Law.  

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise. 

Priest:  Do you promise to recognize His divine authority and believe that all power on earth, civil and religious, comes from Him; and do you promise to respect and obey all lawfully constituted authority. 

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise.  

Priest:  Do you promise to fulfill all of the obligations of membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, according to your state in life.

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise

Priest:  Do you promise your love and obedience to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise. 

Priest:  Do you promise to believe all the sacred truths, which the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches and do you promise to educate yourself and all those in your charge in these truths. 

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise.

Priest:  Jesus has commanded us, "You must, therefore, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."  (Mathew 5:48).  Do you promise to strive for perfection by frequent reception of the Sacraments, daily prayer, spiritual reading, acts of mortification, and fraternal charity.

Candidates:  With the grace of God, I do promise. 

Priest:  May God bless your resolutions; may His holy angels and saints assist you to keep them. Laboring during your whole life for the glory and honor of the Holy Name of God, may you merit to share in the glory of the Apostles, the Martyrs, and Confessors who labored and died for the Name of Jesus Christ.

ALL: Amen. 

ALL:  May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most  mysterious and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

Priest: Praised be the Name of God and blessed be the most Holy Name of His Divine Son Jesus. 

Candidates:  Now and forever!   

 

Blessing and Presentation of the Society’s Insignia

[We now have the blessing of the Holy Name Insignia. – All  candidates should remain kneeling at the communion rail]

Priest:  Our help is in the Name of the Lord.  

ALL:  Who made heaven and earth. 

Priest:  The Lord be with you.  

ALL:  And also with you.  

Priest:  Let us pray.  O God, by whose word all things are made holy, pour forth your blessings on these emblems and grant that each one who, prompted by grace, employs these emblems lawfully and according to Thy will, by calling on Thy Most Holy Name may enjoy, under Thy guidance, bodily health and peace of soul. Through Christ Our Lord.

ALL:  Amen.

[After saying “Amen” candidates should remain kneeling at the altar rail.  The emblems will then be sprinkled with holy water and presented to each member by the Priest.]

Priest:   I offer you this blessed emblem of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus; may they be to you a pledge of eternal salvation.  

[Once the insignias have been distributed, the ceremony continues with the following prayer.] 

Priest:  Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

ALL:  Now and forever. 

Priest:  Lord hear my prayer.  

ALL:  And let my cry come to Thee.  

Priest:  The Lord be with you.  

ALL:  And also with you. 

Priest:  Let us pray.  Look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon Thy servants who wish to be numbered among the brethren of the Confraternity of Thy Most Holy Name, that praising and blessing Thy Name on earth, they may merit to praise and bless Thee in Heaven.  Through Christ our Lord.  

ALL: Amen. 

Priest:   By the authority granted me, I receive and enroll you in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus and make you sharers of all the graces, indulgences, privileges, and spiritual benefits of this Confraternity.  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

ALL:  Amen. 

Each member should proceed to the location of the Official Registry of names of members of the Confraternity.  They then write their full names in the Registry.  After the last member writes his name in the Registry, the Spiritual Director or the Pastor must witness the signatures by his signature and date.

The names of all new members must be written into the Official Society Register and the Register must be signed and dated by the Pastor or his designate for the members to be properly admitted into the Confraternity. 

[All Candidates should stand and return to their seats and remain standing] 

 

 

Plenary Indulgence 

Moderator:  In order to gain the Plenary Indulgence attached to your reception into the Confraternity of the most Holy Names of God and Jesus, let us pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

All:  Our Father …  Hail Mary...  Glory be to the Father… 

Priest:  The Lord be with you.  

ALL:  And also with you.

Priest:  Let us pray.  O God, whose mercy is boundless and whose goodness is infinite, we give thanks to Thy most gracious majesty for gathering us together, always praying Thy clemency, that Thou may fulfill the requests of those who ask, and so dispose them that they may merit rewards in the days to come.  Through Christ our Lord. 

ALL:  Amen.  

[All should stand for the closing hymn]

 

 

Closing Hymn:  “Holy God We Praise Thy Name”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy God we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee;
All on earth Thy sceptre claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee. 

Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
(Repeat) 

Hark! the loud celestial hymn,
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and Seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising, 

Fill the heavens with sweet accord,
Holy! Holy! Holy Lord!
(Repeat)

 

 

 
 
 

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