Most Precious Blood of Our Lord

Today is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui unigenitum Filium tuum mundi Redemptorem constituisti, ac eius sanguine placari voluisti: concede, quaesumus, salutis nostrae pretium ita venerari, atque a praesentis vitae malis eius virtute defendi in terris, ut fructu perpetuo laetemur in caelis.

Almighty eternal God, who have appointed Your Only-Begotten Son as the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood: grant, we beseech You, that we may so adore the price of our salvation, and through Its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, that in heaven we may forever rejoice in Its reward.

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8 Responses to Most Precious Blood of Our Lord

  1. GregH says:

    I can’t believe this feast was removed from the Novus Ordo calendar….of what possible benefit to the faithful was there by removing it?

  2. Geoffrey says:

    In the United States, it is also the memorial of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Apostle of California.

  3. Vox Laudis says:

    @GregH — in actuality, it was folded into Corpus Christi as “The Most Precious Body and Blood…”
    I agree that there is no benefit to removing it as a separate feast.

    The propers for this feast are beautiful (we get to chant them tonight! Missa Cantata at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rocky Mount, NC, 7 pm).

    One thing that has struck me about the Precious Blood having Its own feast is that this feast can be a point of rapproachment with many Protestants, who are in their own way devoted to the Most Precious Blood and yet not to the Most Sacred Body of Our Lord–note all the references in their hymns and preaching and blogging to “being saved by the blood of the Lamb” and “washed in the blood of the Lamb”. Talking about being grateful for the efficacy of the Blood of the Lamb of God can lead to talking about the Blessed Sacrament, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity under the species of bread and wine, and all of It being present in either the Sacred Body or the Precious Blood. I’m probably not saying this well, but if someone, like a Protestant, is devoted to Our Lord’s Blood (although they would not use the term ‘devotion’), why isn’t he devoted to his Sacred Body, and why does he not believe in the Real Presence?

  4. Giuseppe says:

    Imagine how the Feast of the Most Precious Blood survived for years without widespread communion under both kinds!

  5. Heather F says:

    My parish, being run by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, was able to celebrate this solemnity even under the new calendar because of the particular charism of their society. We had a lovely mass with communion under both species (which we do not normally have), which was well attended due to it being our national holiday here in Canada.

  6. rahalpern says:

    Ironically (and sadly) this feast was near and dear to the heart of Pope St. John XXVIII. Fr. Kirby at Vultus Christi has posted the entire Apostolic Letter the pope sent in 1960 praising the feast and urging all of us to hold it dear as he did. The letter is very beautiful, as is father’s commentary, and both are very much worth reading and praying over. Here is the link:

  7. rahalpern says:

    Oops, John the XXVIII hasn’t actually been born yet!