Most Precious Blood of Jesus
- Month of
Fruits of the Precious Blood
who hast appointed Thy only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the
and hast been pleased to be reconciled unto us by His Blood, grant
we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our
that the power thereof may here on earth keep us from all things
and the fruit of the same may gladden us for ever hereafter in
Through the same Christ Jesus our Lord.
Month of the
Precious Blood of Jesus
The month of July (Overview - Calendar) is dedicated to the Precious
Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in
1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The
early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of
Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His
"The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Savior
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 Old Testament
Cain and Abel are making an offering. Abel's sacrifice is pleasing
to God, Cain's is not. This gives rise to the sin of hatred, and
fratricide is its resolution. The thirsting earth soaks up Abel's
blood as it shouts to heaven for vengeance. This shouting prefigured
the scene on Calvary, where Christ's Blood cried to heaven for the
redemption of mankind.
Millenia pass, and now we see Israel oppressed by Egypt. God
commands the people to kill a lamb and to sprinkle the doorposts
with its blood; houses thus besprinkled are spared by the messenger
of death. But where the doors are not reddened with the blood of the
lamb, all male firstborn from king to slave die. This blood on the
doorposts was a type of the Blood of Christ. Can the blood of a lamb
save a man? No, but as a figure of the Redeemer's Blood it certainly
does. For when the Destroyer sees the thresholds of a human heart
marked with Christ's sacred Blood, he must pass by. And another soul
In a vision the prophet Isaias saw a man treading out grapes (in the
Orient, trampling upon grapes in the wine-press was the usual means
of extracting the juice). The prophet asked the man: "Why are your
garments so red? "The wine-press I have trodden alone," he answers,
"because from the nations there is no one with me." The trodder of
the wine-press is Christ, His garments crimsoned by the Blood of
The New Testament
The Church reminds us of the first drops of blood that flowed for
our redemption on the day when Jesus was circumcised.
It is night on Mount Olivet, and the moon is shining. We see the
holy face crimsoned with blood during the agony in the garden.
Unhappy, despairing Judas casts the blood-money down in the temple.
"I have betrayed innocent blood!"
In the scourging chamber we see the Lord in deepest humiliation;
under raw strokes the divine Blood spurts out over the floor. Christ
is led before Pilate. Pilate shows the blood-covered Body to the
crowds: Ecce homo! We go through Jerusalem's streets following the
bloody footsteps to Golgotha. Down the beams of the Cross blood
trickles. A soldier opens the sacred side. Water and Blood.
Symbols of the Precious Blood
Adam is sleeping an ecstatic sleep. God opens his side, removes a
rib and forms Eve, the mother of all the living. But our view
transcends this action and in spirit we behold the second, the
divine Adam, Christ. He is sleeping the sleep of death. From His
opened side blood and water flow, symbols of baptism and the
Eucharist, symbols of the second Eve, the Church, the Mother of all
the living. Through blood and water Christ willed to redeem God's
many children and to lead them to an eternal home.
At Jerusalem a service in Yahweh's honor is taking place on the Day
of Atonement. The high priest is making his annual entrance into the
holy of holies to sprinkle the blood of bucks and bulls upon the
covenant in expiation for the sins of the people. The Church shows
us the higher meaning of this rite. Our divine High Priest Christ on
the first Good Friday entered that Holy of Holies which is not made
with hands nor sprinkled with the blood of bucks and bulls; there He
effects, once and for all, with His own Blood man's eternal
A finale. Holy Church transports us to the end. The heavenly liturgy
is in progress. Upon the altar is the Lamb, slain yet alive,
crimsoned by His own Blood. Round about stand the countless army of
the redeemed in garments washed white in the Blood of the Lamb.
Hosts of the blessed are singing the new canticle of redemption:
"You have redeemed us out of every tribe and tongue and nation by
Now from vision to present reality. How fortunate we are to have
divine Blood so near to us, to offer it to the heavenly Father for
the sins of the whole world!
Devotion to the Precious Blood
Devotion to the Precious Blood is not a spiritual option, it is a
spiritual obligation, and that not only for priests, but for every
follower of Christ. I really believe that one of the symptoms of
modern society (and I would even include, sadly, modern Catholic
society) one of the symptoms of a growing, gnawing secularism is the
lessening and the weakening of devotion to the Precious Blood.
Devotion, as we know, is a composite of three elements: It is first-
veneration, it is secondly- invocation, and it is thirdly-
imitation. In other words, devotion to the Precious Blood of Christ,
the Lamb of God who was slain, is first of all to be veneration on
our part, which is a composite of knowledge, love and adoration. We
are to study to come to a deeper understanding of what those two
casual words, Precious Blood, really mean.
I found this passage in the oldest document, outside of sacred
scripture, from the first century of the Christian era – to be
exact, from Pope St. Clement I, dated about 96 A.D. Says Pope
Clement: "Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realize how
truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our
salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world."
To understand the meaning of the Precious Blood we must get some
comprehension of the gravity of sin, of the awfulness of offending
God, because it required the Blood of the Son of God to forgive that
sin. We are living in an age in which to sin has become fashionable.
This veneration of the Precious Blood, which is the first element in
our devotion to the Precious Blood means that we have a deep
sensitivity to the awfulness of sin. Sin must be terrible. It must
be awful. It must be the most dreadful thing in the universe. Why?
Because it cost the living God in human form the shedding of His
Lord Jesus, You became Man in order by your Passion and Death and
the draining of your Blood on the Cross, might prove to us how much
You, our God, love us. Protect us, dear Jesus, from ever running
away from the sight of blood. Strengthen our weak human wills so
that we will not only not run away from the cross, but welcome every
opportunity to shed our blood in spirit in union with your Precious
Blood, so that, dying to ourselves in time we might live with You in
*Excerpts from the
The Church's Year of Grace , Pius Parsch
The Precious Blood of Christ, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
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