Most Precious Blood of Jesus
July 1, 2016
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 occurs on July 3th. On July 2, the Church commemorates 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.
Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Most Precious Blood are Eucharistic 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.
The Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus is a great way to make reparation for the current occupant’s sacrilege against the Holy Eucharist and also a good way to pray for our priests. When I pray it, I often add after the invocation “Save us”, “Save our priests!”. We should always keep in mind that it is through the consecrated hands of our priests that we receive Our Lord Jesus Christ, through them alone we are privileged with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In better times, we had entire convents and monasteries praying and offering Eucharistic adoration 24/7 for our priests. They need our prayers now more than ever!
Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us.
Blood of Christ, Without Which there is no forgiveness, save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.
Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us.
Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, save us.
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.
Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save us.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord!
V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
R. And made us, for our God, a Kingdom.
Let us pray.
Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through Its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in Its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
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Thank you so very much for reading!
† Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests!
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
† St. Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family, protect our family!
† Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan!
~ by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King!