Deus, qui unigenitum Filium tuum constituisti humani generis Salvatorem et Jesum vocari jussisti: concede propitius; ut, cujus sanctum nomen veneramur in terris, ejus quoque aspectu perfruamur in caelis.
O God, who didst constitute Thine only-begotten Son the Saviour of mankind, and didst command that He should be called Jesus: mercifully grant that we who venerate His Name on earth may also enjoy [the contemplation of] His countenance in heaven.
The Collect for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus ingeniously brings together the Name of Jesus with a reference to His Holy Face. While the latin aspectus (used in the Collect above) can refer to one’s sight or appearance, it can also refer to one’s countenance or to the expression of his face.
Friendship with Our Lord Jesus Christ
Nothing is more personal than one’s name and one’s face. Knowledge of another person is insignificant until we can put a name to his face, and a face to his name. So too, friendship with our Lord Jesus Christ is not significant until we have begun, by the grace of the Holy Ghost, to associate