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 when 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. Sandy says:

    The Precious Blood of Christ is at the top of my list of devotions that mean so much to me. I pray with this devotion every day, that it cleanses my family and me, body and soul. We need miracles with this powerful devotion. Thank you, Father, for highlighting it along with the saints for today.

  2. Patrick-K says:

    Some of these prayers are the same as in the litany of the Precious Blood: https://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Filius/LitPSDNIC.html

  3. Schola Guy says:

    Father asked for a translation of the passage from the Roman Martyrology. My humble attempt:
    Commemoratio sancti Aaron, de tribu Levi, qui a Moyse fratre oleo sacro unctus est sacerdos Veteris Testamenti et in monte Hor depositus.
    Commemoration of Saint Aaron, of the tribe of Levi, who was anointed with holy oil by (his) brother Moses as a priest of the Old Testament and was buried in Mount Hor.

  4. Imrahil says:

    Rather interesting, since, after all, it was St. Aaron who shed the Old-Testament sacrificial blood… Putting the feast of the Precious Blood on this date may have been done on purpose by Pope & Curia, of course, and legitimately so; but I still rather doubt that….

  5. Imrahil: As to the date, influenced by St. Gaspar del Bufalo (and due to political/ecclesiastical circumstances) Pius IX, in thanksgiving, set the date for the Feast of the Precious Blood on the first Sunday of July in 1849. Pius X moved it to 1 July, to reduce the number of feasts on Sundays.

    However, it seems that St. Aaron and other Old Testament figures began appearing in martyrologies sometime after the 9th century. St. Aaron is recounted in Vol. 28 of the Acta Sanctorum which was printed in 1867. I think this reflects a much older tradition than a feast for the Precious Blood, which was also being celebrated in Spain in the 16th century.

  6. Imrahil says:

    Reverend Father, thank you very much!

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