July: Dedicated to the Precious Blood

You were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver… but with the Precious Blood of Christ

1 Peter 1:18-19

July is traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood of Christ. During this month we should especially focus on the passion of Our Lord on the Cross, the Precious Blood poured out for our salvation in His crucifixion. One practice is to dedicate each day of the week to one of the seven times Christ shed His Blood: (1) His circumcision, (2) in the garden of Gethsemani, (3) the scourging at the pillar, (4)the crowning with thorns, (5) the way of the Cross, (6) the Crucifixion, and (7) the piercing of His Heart. It’s a great devotion to follow devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (a very natural flow). We have been redeemed by the Precious Blood of Christ! This devotion should increase our love and devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (the Eucharist). The Eucharist IS the Body and the Blood of Our Lord. And our participation in the Eucharist is a participation in the Blood of Christ, the propitiation for our sins (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Romans 3:25).

Those who are oppressed by the memory of their sins, diffident about the efficacy of their prayers or doubtful about their salvation, should experience an awakening of confidence through devotion to the Precious Blood.

Fr. Max Walz, C.PP.S

Good Reads for July:
On Promoting Devotion to the Most Precious Blood by Pope John XXXIII
Glories of the Precious Blood by Fr. Max Walz C.PP.S (Formerly published under the title, “Why Is Thy Apparel Red?”)
The Precious Blood by Fr. Frederick Faber

Father Zuhlsdorf (Fr. Z) has a great PODCAzT about the Precious Blood as well: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2010/07/podcazt-107-most-precious-blood-and-your-sins-interview-with-fr-finigan/

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