As June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, July is the month in which we honor the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. The Church observes the Feast of the Most Precious Blood on the first Sunday of July, which this year occurred on July 5th. On July 2, the Church commemorated Our Blessed Mother’s Visitation. The two feasts, Precious Blood and Visitation are linked both historically and liturgically in some interesting ways.
On November 24, 1848, Blessed Pius IX was forced to flee the Vatican by the triumphant surge of the Masonic-backed revolution in Italy. His Holiness fled to Gaeta disguised as a simple priest, but on June 29, 1849, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul and for the subsequent days, French forces came to his aid, restoring order on July 2, 1849, Our Lady’s feast of the Visitation. It was while the Holy Father was in exile in Gaeta that he proclaimed the feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, on the first Sunday in July.
Blessed Pius IX upon his triumphant return to Rome, honored Mary, help of Christians for her assistance, since the papal victory had been secured on the feast day of her Visitation, July 2. He then raised her feast day from a double major to that of second class, throughout the universal Church. This was actually the prelude to the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which is recalled in the Gospel of the Visitation.
“St. Pius X assigned the feast to its present date during his reform of the Roman Breviary. The Pope’s intentions were clear. The feast was established as an act of gratitude for the recovery of the Papal States, thanks to the intervention of the French forces liberating the city of Rome, and also to indicate his intention to perpetuate the memory of these events in the Sacred Liturgy. Addressing himself to the invisible Head of the Church and entrusting Her to His divine care, he reminded our Divine Saviour that it was for His Church that He had willed to shed all His Precious Blood.” [SSPX Newsletter, July, 2014] The feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus was celebrated in Spain since the 16th century and in Italy since the 19th century. However, Paul VI removed it from the Roman calendar in 1969 and placed it among the votive Masses.
Liturgically speaking, devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Most Precious Blood are Eucharistic, of course and are also connected to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Theotokos, Mother of God, for it is through her that our Savior received His Sacred Body and Blood. The Bergoglio/Kasper agenda to allow those in a persistent state of mortal sin to receive the Holy Eucharist is a direct attack on the Body and Blood of Christ. Devotion to the Precious Blood is thus a great spiritual weapon for us in defending the faith.
In the short time remaining before the Synod, let us add the Litany of the Precious Blood to our prayers, at least once a week, for our Pope and hierarchy.
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save the Faith!