1 July – Most Precious Blood and also the Feasts of St. Junipero Serra and St. Aaron, brother of Moses

A thought for you:

Though we all may be different in height or sex or shape of eye and color of skin, we all bleed the same red Our Savior bled for our sins. Our unifying human blood, divinely infused, courses ruddy within His Sacred Heart, His risen veins.  What a powerful proof of the unity of our entire race.

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?

Also, today is the, in the Novus Ordo calendar, the feast of St. Junipero Michael Serra Ferrer, whose memory is being attacked, sacrilegiously, these days. I was so pleased to see that Archbp. Cordileone read the Title XI, Chapter 3 exorcism at Golden State Park where the demoniac influenced mob tore his statue down.

Here is his Collect (Notitiae 269 Vo. 24 (1988) p. 928:

Deus, cuius ineffabili misericordia plurimas Americae gentes Ecclesiae tuae per Sanctum Iuniperum Serra, aggregare dignatus es; da nobis, eius intercessione, ita corda nostra tibi in caritate coniungere ut imaginem Unigeniti Filii tui coram hominibus semper et ubique portare valeamus. Qui tecum vivit et regnat.

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  1. Gregg the Obscure says:

    the juxtaposition of the Most Precious Blood with Aaron* — the pioneer of the systematic OT sacrifices — is awesome.

    *who i invoke in prayer along with many other OT and NT saints every day

  2. Geoffrey says:

    Could Saint Junípero Serra’s Latin collect be used in the Extraordinary Form? Or would it me more proper to use the collect from the appropriate common?

    His “dies natalis” is 28 August. I am not sure if the EF calendar has room for his celebration on that day…

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    oh, and “the commemoration of Holy Aaron of the tribe of Levi, on whom his brother Moses at Mount Hor placed the holy oil of the priesthood of the Old Covenant.”

  4. Josephus Muris Saliensis says:

    And in Britain Saint Oliver Plunkett Ep. M, and in the Order of Malta (as in Sicily) Saint Nicasius M.

    What a busy day – Happy Feast to all!

  5. Philliesgirl says:

    In the diocese of Arundel and Brighton St Oliver Plunkett was transferred to 2nd July (today as I write) because the 1st was the feast of the dedication of the Cathedral. As an aside I was heartbroken when the feast of the Precious Blood was removed when I was a young teen because 1st July is my birthday and I thought it was an awesome feast to be born on.

  6. Charles Sercer says:

    I want to (try to) translate that Martyrology entry! But I must say that I suspect that it seems like an easier one even for people who don’t have much Latin.

    “Commemoration of St. Aaron, from the tribe of Levi, who was anointed a priest of the Old Testament with holy oil by his brother Moses, and was placed (buried?) in Mount Hor.”

    How is that…since I am ignorant of these things, I wonder if Mount Hor is totally different than Mount Horeb. I guess I could try looking it up!

  7. M. Langlois says:

    The devotion to the Precious Blood of Christ was extended to the universal Church by now Venerable Mother Catherine-Aurélie du Précieux-Sang, , who was an incredible mystic. When a child, she would levitate up the stairs by the simple recitation of an Ave; later, her robe would change from black to white or red when receiving Holy Communion.

    She is the Catherine of Sienna of the New-World, and like her she received the Stigmatas, and like her she made the Pope go back to Rome. Pius IX was out of Rome, she wrote to him to add in the invocation of the Blessed Sacrament « Benedictus Sanguis eius pretiosissimus » and install to the whole world a feast to the Precious Blood of Christ. The Pope received her demand, and promised God he would do such a thing if he ever saw Rome again. That very day, he was back in the ethereal city, and he chose July 1st as the Feast of the Precious Blood.

    Fun fact, Mother Catherine-Aurélie du Précieux-Sang chose a white and red habit… she was also French-Canadian. Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st, and the flag is red, and white.

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