The Key of David.
On this the 10th day of Christmas we celebrate the feast of the Holy Name. The Holy Name contains the whole Gospel, the whole of the prophecies of the Old Testament. The Holy Name "contains all... His Name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies". (CCC 2666) The Holy Name, JESUS, frees the addicted and the imprisoned: it is the great light for those who sit in the darkness of death. The light of the Holy Name is so powerful and revealing, even kings and rulers and presidents have sought to obliterate and cover it up - yet the Holy Name is victorious over sin and death. In hoc signo vinces.
O Jesus your Holy Name proclaimed, even from the moment of your conception, your mission as Savior. Enkindle in our hearts a deep love and reverence for your Holy Name, that filled with confidence in its saving power, we will be courageous in breaking with every sinful affection and unlawful attachment. Amen
Bottom photo: Remember when Obama addressed the audience at Georgetown in 2009? The Holy Name in the pediment above the row of flags had been covered over at the request of the White House.
Top Art: Adoration of the Holy Name, El Greco