Today is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood… in the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Rite. Thus we inaugurate the month of July, during which in a special way, fire up our devotion to the Most Precious Blood of the Lord.
Every even tiny drop is worth the salvation of the souls of everyone who has ever lived. While many have and will accept the gift Christ won by the pouring out of His Precious Blood, not all will.
Here is the Collect:
Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui unigénitum Fílium tuum mundi Redemptórem constituísti, ac eius Sánguine placári voluísti: concéde, quaesumus, salútis nostræ prétium sollémni cultu ita venerári, atque a præséntis vitæ malis eius virtúte deféndi in terris; ut fructu perpétuo lætémur in coelis.
Here is someone else’s translation:
Almighty, eternal God, Who made Your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be reconciled by His Blood, grant us, we beseech You, so to worship in this sacred rite the price of our salvation, and to be so protected by its power against the evils of the present life on earth, that we may enjoy its everlasting fruit in heaven.
And… by the way… today is also the feast of St. Aaron, brother of Moses.
Some people may not realize that many great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and are listed in the Roman Martyrology.
Here is his entry in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum:
1. Commemoratio sancti Aaron, de tribu Levi, qui a Moyse fratre oleo sacro unctus est sacerdos Veteris Testamenti et in monte Hor depositus.
Who wants to translate this for the readers?
And in the new calendar it is the feast of one our newest saints, St. Junipero Serra, apostle of California!
I’ll give it my best shot, but welcome (and anticipate!) correction:
The commemoration of holy Aaron, from the tribe of Levi, who with holy oil was anointed a priest of the Old Testament by his brother Moses, and who was buried on Mount Hor.
And let us not forget that today is the feast of recently-canonized Saint Junipero Serra, Apostle of California!
We need all the help we can get. As 2017 fast approaches things are getting worse.
As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. And, sometimes, demonic possession.
Today is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood… in the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Rite.
Is that why the Friday obligation to do penance still stands today, whereas the Feast of the Sacred Heart and Nativity of John the Baptist it was lifted? I was looking so forward to my Canada Day barbecue, only to read your other post, and check my FSSP calendar, thinking you all were mistaken, but no, it was I who was mistaken. No Canada barbecue this year. [Substitute another form of penance.]
Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
All hail, wounds of Christ, pledges of a measureless love; from you there flow endlessly the red streams of His blood.
You surpass the stars in brilliance, roses and balsam in fragrance, jewels from India in worth and honeycombs in sweetness.
Through you there lies open for our souls entrance to a welcome refuge, and no angry foe can ever pursue us there with his menaces.
How many the stripes Jesus received, all naked in Pilate’s hall; how many the drops of blood that His torn skin lets fall all round Him.
And now a crown of thorns pierces His noble brow, and nails with blunted points bore their way through His hands and feet.
And after He had breathed His last, all love and sacrifice to the end, His side is pierced by a soldier’s lance, and there gushes forth the twofold stream of water and blood.
To pay our ransom in full, Jesus is crushed completely in the wine-press and, forgetful only of Himself, is drained of His blood to the very last drop.
All that are corrupted by sin’s deadly infection, come to these healing streams; for if a man bathe himself at this atoning spring, purity of soul will be his.
Thanks are due Him who sits at the Father’s right hand, for He has redeemed us by His blood and strengthens us by the Holy Spirit.
“Some people may not realize that many great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and are listed in the Roman Martyrology.”
I had long-assumed so, but had trouble finding confirmation of this when I first looked. After all, it is Biblical revelation that Moses and Elijah are saints, but we for whatever reason, we never address them as St. Moses and St. Elijah.
Based on some modern litanies I’ve seen, it seems that in English, Old Testament saints are referred to as Holy Isaiah, Holy Moses, etc., whereas New Testament (and after) saints are referred to as Saint John, Saint Peter, etc. The exception to this would be the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is addressed in litanies as Holy Mary.
In Latin languages, it is always Sancto / Sancta, Santo (San) / Santa, etc., whether Old or New Testament.