The Precious Blood of our Salvation

Not only is today the First Saturday of Reparation in July, it is the Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus, the Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus! A day rich in beautiful reminders of God’s gracious providence for us, even though we do not deserve such generosity. For today we turn to Father Faber’s tender tribute to the Precious Blood.

Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests, save our Church!

 

Father Faber, in his beautiful essay, The Precious Blood, or the price of our Salvation“, remarks that the Angels wonder in awe as they adore this Precious Blood.

“Their superior intelligence ministers more abundant matter to their love. From the very first God invited the angels to adore It. He made their adoration a double exercise of humility,—of humility toward Himself, and of humility toward us their inferior fellow-creatures. It was the test to which He put their loyalty. He showed them His beloved Son, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, in His Sacred Humanity, united to a lower nature than their own, and in that lower nature crowned their King and Head, to be worshipped by them with absolute and unconditional adoration. The Son of a human Mother was to be their Head, and that Daughter of Eve to be herself their Queen. …

The Precious Blood belongs in an especial manner to men. Much more, therefore, does God invite them to come to Its heavenly baths, and receive therein, not only the cleansing of their souls, but the power of a new and amazing life. Every  doctrine in theology is a call to the Precious Blood. Every ceremony in the Church tells of it. Every sermon that is preached is an exhortation to the use of it. Every Sacrament is a communication of it. Every supernatural act is a growth of it. Every thing that is holy on the earth is either leaf, bud, blossom, or fruit of the Blood of Jesus.

To its fountains, God calls the sinner, that he may be lightened of his burdens. There is no remission for him in any thing else. Only there is his lost son-ship to be found. But the saints are no less called by God to these invigorating streams. It is out of the Precious Blood that men draw martyrdoms, vocations, celibacies, austerities, heroic charities, and all the magnificent graces of high sanctity. The secret nourishment of prayer is from those fountains. They purge the eye for sublime contemplations. They kindle the inward fires of self-sacrificing love. They bear a man safely, and even impetuously, over the seeming impossibilities of perseverance. It is by the Blood of Jesus that the soul becomes ever more and more radiant. It is the secret source of all mystical transformations of the soul into the likeness of its Crucified Spouse. …

All the new nature of the man, who is “renewed in Christ Jesus,” comes from this Blood, whether it be his love of suffering, his delight in shame, his grace of prayer, his unworldly tastes, his strange humility, his shy concealment, his zeal for souls, his venturous audacity, or his obstinate perseverance. Sinner, saint, and common Christian, all in their own ways, require the Precious Blood each moment of their lives; and, as the manna in the mouths of the Israelites had the savor which each man wished it to have, so is it with the sweetness, the variety, and the fitness of the graces of the Precious Blood.

Father Faber reminds us that Our Savior’s Precious Blood came  from Mary.

Mary’s blood was the material out of which the Holy Ghost, the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the artificer of the Sacred Humanity, fashioned the Blood of Jesus. Here we see how needful to the joy and gladness of our devotion is the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Who could bear to think that the matter of the Precious Blood had ever been itself corrupted with the taint of sin, that it had once been part of the devil’s kingdom, that what was to supply the free price of our redemption was once enslaved to God’s darkest, foulest enemy?

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Most Precious Blood of Jesus

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.

Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests, save our Church!
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests, save our Church!

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.

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The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

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.

Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests, save our Church!
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests, save our Church!

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!