The Catholic Defender: Day 1 – Novena to the Precious Blood of Jesus
Day 1 – Novena to the Precious Blood of Jesus
The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.
“Almighty Father, I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips before I pray, that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to Your divine altar.” – St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
The “Constant” Prayer of St. Catherine of Siena
“Precious Blood, ocean of divine mercy: Flow upon us! Precious Blood, most pure offering: Procure us every grace! Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners: Atone for us! Precious Blood, delight of holy souls: Draw us! Amen.”
Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
By the Voice of Thy Blood, O Jesus, I seek Thee, ask Thee and beg Thee, to help me at this time of my need.
O Jesus, I kneel at Thy bleeding feet pleading that you will hear me. Many graces and many mercies have come from Thy Blood. My hope lives in you, until the end of my time.
O Jesus, by Thy Precious Blood which you shed for our souls, by each drop that you shed for our redemption and by the tears of Thy Immaculate Mother, I beseech Thee and earnestly ask You to listen to my prayer:
(Mention your request here…)
O Jesus, who during all the days of Thy mortal life, You consoled so many sufferers, You healed so many infirmities, You raised so often a sinking courage; have pity on my soul who cries to Thee from the depths of my anguish.
O Jesus, from the wounds of Thy heart, may a wave of Thy merciful blood flow and grant to me the grace that I so ardently desire.
O Jesus, hasten the moment when You will change my tears to joy and my sighs to thanksgivings.
Holy Mary, I ask you to join with me in seeking help. But, God our Father in heaven, “May your will be done”. Amen.
Say 1: Our Father…Say 1: Hail Mary…Say 1: Glory Be…
Jesus, Crucified, Have Mercy on Me
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us.
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
Save us. Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
Save us. Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, Save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
Save us. Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
Save us. Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
Save us. Blood of Christ, Poured out on the Cross,
Save us. Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
Save us. Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness.
Save us. Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
Save us. Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
Save us. Blood of Christ, victor over demons
Save us. Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs,
Save us. Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors,
Save us. Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins,
Save us. Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
Save us. Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
Save us. Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
Save us .Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
Save us. Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
Save us. Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
Save us. Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life,
Save us. Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
Save us. Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,
Save us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us,
O Lord. You have redeemed us, O Lord, in your Blood. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.
Let us pray, - Almighty and eternal God, you have appointed your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by his Blood. Grant we beg of you, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Miracle of the Blood of Herkenrode. 1317
On July 25, 1317, the pastor of the church in Viversel was called to the bedside of one his parishioners who was seriously ill, to receive the holy sacraments. Upon his arrival at the house of the sick person, he rested his handbag containing the consecrated Host on a table at the entrance and went to hear the confession of the sick person. One of the family members, curious about the handbag, opened it without being noticed. From it he pulled out the pyx, opened the cover and put his hand into it. As soon as he realized that inside there was a Host, he put everything back in order.
In the meantime, the priest came out from the room of the sick person to take out the Host with which to give him Communion. He took the handbag with the pyx inside, and when he opened it he saw that the Host he himself had consecrated during Mass was stained with Blood and was in some way stuck to the linen that covered the bottom of the container. Troubled and panic-stricken with the excuse that he had forgotten something, he rushed out of the house and went to the pastor of nearby Lumen to tell him what had happened. The latter advised him to bring the Particle to the Abbey of Herkenrode.
It was August 1, 1317. The priest left, taking the pyx with him. Along the road, extraordinary things happened. As soon as he arrived at the Benedictine monastery, he showed everybody the Host stained with Blood. Then, the face of Christ crowned with thorns appeared on the Host. This was attested to by numerous witnesses.