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July - The Month of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

The month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.  Our Lord's blood poured out on the Cross purchased our salvation, washed clean the robes of the martyrs, and gave birth to the Church as it flowed from his wounded side. The Precious Blood of Christ — now pulsing through his Mystical Body — continues its salvific work, preserving and purifying, repairing and providing nourishment for regeneration and renewal of its members.  Therefore the Church developed a devotion to Jesus' physical blood and its mystical power, just as it did for his Sacred Heart from which his blood poured out on the Cross.

The ancient Israelites considered blood to be both sacred as well as polluting.  It was an essential part of their rituals but was also regarded as something that could cause ritual impurity if not properly dealt with.  In Christianity, the blood of Jesus as well as the blood of the martyrs was considered redemptive.  Just as the animals of ancient Jewish ritual washed away the sins of the Israelites, the blood of Jesus has washed away our sins.  The blood of the martyrs watered the seed of Christianity and gave birth to the Church.

Many saints had a devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus, most notably St. Catherine of Siena. Devotion to the Precious Blood spread greatly through the preaching of Bl. Gaspar del Bufalo, a 19th century priest and founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, and was later approved and recommended by the Holy See.

In the pre-Vatican II Church, July 1 was celebrated as the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.  In the post-conciliar liturgical calendar, this feast was combined with that of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ) which is celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday in the United States.  In much of the world, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday and is considered a Holy Day of Obligation.


Litany of Loretto

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy. Christ have mercy
Lord, have mercy. Lord have mercy

God our Father in heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
God the Holy Spirit, 
Holy Trinity, one God, 

Blood of Christ, only Son of the Father, Be our salvation.
Blood of Christ, incarnate Word,  
Blood of Christ, of the new and eternal covenant, 
Blood of Christ, that spilled to the ground, 
Blood of Christ, that flowed at the scourging, 
Blood of Christ, dripping from the thorns, 
Blood of Christ, shed on the cross, 
Blood of Christ, the price of our redemption, 
Blood of Christ, our only claim to pardon, 
Blood of Christ, our blessing cup, 
Blood of Christ, in which we are washed, 
Blood of Christ, torrent of mercy, 
Blood of Christ, that overcomes evil,  
Blood of Christ, strength of the martyrs,
Blood of Christ, endurance of the saints,
Blood of Christ, that makes the barren fruitful, 
Blood of Christ, protection of the threatened, 
Blood of Christ, comfort of the weary, 
Blood of Christ, solace of the mourner, 
Blood of Christ, hope of the repentant, 
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, 
Blood of Christ, our peace and refreshment, 
Blood of Christ, our pledge of life, 
Blood of Christ, by which we pass to glory, 
Blood of Christ, most worthy of honor, 

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, 
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, 

Lord, you redeemed us by your blood.  
You have made us a kingdom to serve our God.

Presider: Lord Jesus, friend of the human race, you shed your blood for us many times during your life on earth. As we offer the chalice of blessing without ceasing on our altars, forgive us our sins, and remember us in all our needs. In virtue of your precious blood, save us from the time of trial and deliver us from the evil one. You live and reign with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.


Prayer Intention of the Holy Father for July, 2018

Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.


July

July, the seventh month in our calendar, was originally the fifth month of the year, and as such was called by the Romans Quinctilis.  The later name of Julius was given in honor of Julius Caesar, who was born in the month.  The Anglo-Saxons called July “Moed-monach” or “Mead-month,” from the meadows being then in bloom, and “After Lida” - the latter mild month, in contradistinction to June, which they named “the former mild month.”

July 3: Dog Days begin
July 15: St. Swithin
July 25: St. James

Mottos:

“St. Swithin’s Day, if it do rain,
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’s Day an’ it be fair
For forty days t’will rain nae mair.”

A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay,
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon,
A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.

In July, shear your rye.