O Good Jesus

A Prayer to the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Sagrada Familia Basilica
The Holy Name of Jesus carved in the wall of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica. Dan Herrick / Getty Images

This traditional prayer to the Most Holy Name of Jesus is known by its first words, "O Good Jesus." The repetition of the Holy Name throughout the prayer reminds us of the power of Jesus' Name, at which "every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (Philippians 2:10).

O Good Jesus

O Good Jesus! O most tender Jesus! O most sweet Jesus! O Jesus, Son of Mary the Virgin, full of mercy and kindness! O sweet Jesus, according to Thy great mercy, have pity on me! O most merciful Jesus, I entreat Thee by that Precious Blood of Thine, which Thou didst will to pour forth for sinners, to wash away all my iniquities, and to look upon me, poor and unworthy as I am, humbly asking pardon of Thee, and invoking this Holy Name of Jesus. O Name of Jesus, sweet Name! Name of Jesus, Name of joy! Name of Jesus, Name of strength! Nay, what meaneth the Name of Jesus but Saviour? Wherefore, O Jesus, by Thine own holy Name, be to me Jesus, and save me. Suffer me not to be lost—me, whom Thou didst create out of nothing. O good Jesus, let not my iniquity destroy what Thy almighty goodness made. O sweet Jesus, recognize what is Thine own, and wipe away from me what is not of Thee! O most kind Jesus, have pity on me while it is the time of pity, and condemn me not when it is the time of judgment. The dead shall not praise Thee, Lord Jesus, nor all those who go down into hell. O most loving Jesus! O Jesus, most longed for by Thine own! O most gentle Jesus! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let me enter into the number of Thine elect. O Jesus, salvation of those who believe in Thee; Jesus, Son of Mary the Virgin, pour into me grace, wisdom, charity, chastity, and humility that I may be able perfectly to love Thee, to enjoy Thee, to serve Thee, and make my boast in Thee, together with all those who invoke Thy name, which is Jesus. Amen.

An Explanation of the Prayer O Good Jesus

From the earliest days of Christianity, the Holy Name of Jesus has been regarded, in itself, as one of the most powerful of all prayers. The simple repetition of the word Jesus throughout the day was seen as a way to answer Saint Paul's call, in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, to "pray without ceasing." Among Christians in the East, this reverence for the Holy Name and certainty of its power as a prayer eventually involved into the Jesus Prayer, which has a status among Eastern Christians similar to the rosary among Roman Catholics. 

Yet the Holy Name of Jesus was just as revered among Western Christians, and prayers such as this one include His Name in nearly every sentence. The invocation of the Holy Name is closely tied to hope in Christ's mercy, that He Who died for our sins look upon our weakness and draw us near to Him. We hope to be saved even though we are unworthy, and thus we approach Him and dare to speak His Holy Name in confidence of His mercy.

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Richert, Scott P. "O Good Jesus." ThoughtCo, Sep. 15, 2016, thoughtco.com/o-good-jesus-prayer-542690. Richert, Scott P. (2016, September 15). O Good Jesus. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/o-good-jesus-prayer-542690 Richert, Scott P. "O Good Jesus." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/o-good-jesus-prayer-542690 (accessed November 19, 2017).