Today, 1st July, is a wonderful Feast — “The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As will as that it is the First Friday. In fact, the whole of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood.
In the last few weeks, we have celebrated Corpus Christi – 16th June; Sacred Heart of Jesus – 24th June; Eucharistic Heart of Jesus – 30th June, and today the Precious Blood – 1st July.
In 1843 Sister Marie of St Peter, a Carmelite nun in Tours, France, reported visions of Jesus and Mary in which she was urged to spread the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus, in reparation for the many insults Jesus suffered in His Passion.
The Blessed Sacrament contains the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Devotion to the Holy Eucharist is devotion to the Blood of Christ.
In Eucharistic adoration, we are adoring the Blood of Christ, which is also contained in the sacred host in the Monstrance.
The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.
We must make every effort this month to cover ourselves, our families, our priests, our government leaders, the powerful elite, with the most Powerful and Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.
It is a good practice to offer up our loved ones (and our enemies) at the Consecration of the Mass, particularly at the Consecration of the Blood. “Be mindful of Thy creatures Lord, whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy Precious Blood.”
Scripture tells us:
“Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He handed it to them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you, for this is My Blood, the Blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26: 27-28
“But one of the soldiers with a spear opened His side, and immediately there came out Blood and water.” John 19:34
On beholding those who are before the throne of God, St. John the Evangelist points out that “these are they who are come out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:14
More on on the Precious Blood
We know that the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian Life.” We also know that the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ
“The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Saviour shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection; it is the Blood which courses through the veins of His risen, glorified, living body at the right hand of God the Father in heaven; it is the Blood made present on our altars by the words of Consecration; it is the Blood which merited sanctifying grace for us and through it washes and beautifies our soul and inaugurates the beginning of eternal life in it.” The Church’s Year of Grace, by Fr. Pius Parsch
Also, contemplate that, between Jesus and Mary, there was an interflow of blood for nine months when He was a Child in her womb!
The Saints explain:
St. Peter: “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, as gold or silver… but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled.” 1 Peter 1:18-19)
St. Paul: “And through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross.” (Col 1:20)
St. Paul: “How much more will the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14)
St. Augustine: “… save me through Thy Precious Blood.”
Our Lord to St. Mechtilde: “I show these bleeding wounds to My Father, to appease His wrath. He pardons when he see the Blood. Let sinners but look upon Me, and they will be moved to repentance, confidence and love.” “Through My Blood, I conquer My Father’s anger and reconcile man with his God.”
St. Catherine of Siena’s letters to bishops, cardinals and popes always began with the words: “I address you in the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.”
St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi “Every time a creature offers up this Blood by which he was redeemed, he offers a gift of infinite worth, which can be equaled by no other!”
St. John Vianney said of asking Our Blessed Mother to offer the Precious Blood in our stead “My children, mark this well: whenever I obtained some grace, it was obtained in this manner which I never found to fail.”
“Jesus told St. Faustina: ‘My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners…[I]t is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy.’ (Diary of St. Faustina, 367)”In regards to Mortal Sin:
“If every evening, before we retire, we would ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to offer to God the Precious Blood of her Divine Son Jesus (…) that thereby one mortal sin which might be committed somewhere (..) might be prevented, and if every morning this offering were renewed from day to day, we could prevent many mortal sins.” ( Fr Faber)
“O Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of thy Divine Son for the intention that one mortal sin may be prevented this day (or this night)”.
The Gospels and the shedding of Jesus’ Blood :
- the Blood of the Circumcision,
- the Blood of the Garden of Gethsemane,
- the Blood of the Flagellation,
- the Blood of the Crowning of Thorns,
- the Blood of the Ascent to Calvary,
- the Blood flowing from Christ’s side pierced by the lance. (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy)
Invocations of the precious Blood:
Precious Blood of Jesus, shed in the Circumcision, make me chaste of mind, heart and body.
Precious Blood, oozing from every pore in the Agony of Jesus, grant me to love above all things the holy and Adorable Will of God.
Precious Blood, flowing abundantly in the Scourging at the Pillar, inspire me with a keen sorrow for my sins and a love of suffering.
Precious Blood, falling in profusion from the Crown of Thorns, grant me a love of humiliations.
Precious Blood, furrowing the way to Calvary, fill me with courage to walk unfalteringly in the bloody footsteps of Jesus.
Precious Blood, shed so profusely in the Crucifixion of my Jesus, make me die entirely to self-love.
Precious Blood, shed to the very last drop by the opening of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, give me that generous love that sacrifices all for God.
Precious Blood, sacred source from whence flow all graces, apply Thine infinite merits to my soul.
Precious Blood, Whose virtue animates and vivifies our actions, apply Thine infinite merits to all our works.
Life-Giving Fountain, in which the soul fully slakes its thirst, saturate me with pure love.
O Divine Blood of my Jesus, I adore Thee from the depths of my heart. Thee I fervently invoke, for Thou art my salvation, and by Thee I hope to obtain the joys of Paradise.
Eternal Father, be merciful, for the sake of the Blood of Thine only-begotten Son; we beseech Thee, show us Thy mercy.
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, cry to the Heavenly Father for mercy for us, and deliver us.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood in atonement for my sins and for the needs of Holy Church.
The Devotion to the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest devotion He has ever given the Church.
“This is the ark that will protect and bring the Holy Catholic Church, the remnant faithful and all those you love and pray for safely through the bitter trials of the coming chastisement and into the promised Era of Peace.”
My own favourite daily prayer Is that of St Gertrude:
“Eternal Father, I offer thee the most Precious Blood of The Divine Son Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the souls in Purgatory, for sinners in the universal Church, in my own home and in my own family. Amen”
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