Today's Feast (July 1): Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

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Precious Blood

This feast day, celebrated by the whole of the Church since 1849, was instituted by Pius IX, who had returned to Rome after having been a refugee at Gaeta.

The feast thereby perpetuated the memory of his return, and points to the fact that his return was due solely to the Saviour's merits, rather than man's "movements."

In our day, the feast reminds us that the Body and Blood of Christ received at the Mass cleanses us from our sins, renews us, and makes real His abiding presence within us.

May we grow in God's grace, as we grow in both understanding of and participation in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the Blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your consciences from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:13-14) (The day's epistle, page E 85, People's Anglican Missal)

The day's propers
Catholic Encyclopedia article

Books, Items Worth Considering
Litany of Reparation
Shape of the Liturgy
The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom

Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church