The Catholic Defender: Day 7 – Novena to the Precious Blood of Jesus


Day 7 – 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.


Holy Trinity,


One God,


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 Lanciano, Italy, 750


a priest had doubts about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist found, when he said the words of consecration at Mass, that the bread and wine changed into flesh and blood.


On March 4, 1971, the professor presented a detailed report of the various studies carried out. Here are the basic results:

1. The “miraculous Flesh" is authentic flesh consisting of muscular striated tissue of the myocardium.

2. The “miraculous Blood" is truly blood. The chromatographic analysis indicated this with absolute and indisputable certainty.

3. The immunological study shows with certitude that the flesh and the blood are human, and the immuno – hematological test allows us to affirm with complete objectivity and certitude that both belong to the same blood type AB – the same blood type as that of the man of the Shroud and the type most characteristic of Middle Eastern populations.

4. The proteins contained in the blood have the normal distribution, in the identical percentage as that of the serous-proteic chart for normal fresh blood.

5. No histological dissection has revealed any trace of salt infiltrations or preservative substances used in antiquity for the purpose of embalming. Professor Linoli also discarded the hypothesis of a hoax carried out in past centuries. This report was published in The Sclavo Notebooks in Diagnostics (Collection #3, 1971) and aroused great interest in the scientific world.

Also, in 1973, the chief Advisory Board of the World Health Organization appointed a scientific commission to corroborate Linoli’s findings. Their work lasted 15 months and included 500 tests. It was verified that the fragments taken from Lanciano could in no way be likened to embalmed tissue. As to the nature of the fragment of flesh, the commission declared it to be living tissue because it responded rapidly to all the clinical reactions distinctive of living beings. Their reply fully corroborated Professor Linoli’s conclusions. In the extract summarizing the scientific work of the Medical Commission of the WHO and the UN, published in Dec. 1976 in New York and Geneva, declared that science, aware of its limits, has come to a halt, face to face with the impossibility of giving an explanation.


“Eucharistic miracle which occurred at Lanciano in 750 at the Church of St. Francis. A monastic priest doubted whether the Body of Our Lord was truly present in the consecrated Host. He celebrated Mass and when he said the words of consecration, he saw the host turn into Flesh and the wine turn into Blood. Everything was visible to those in attendance. The Flesh is still intact and the Blood is divided into five unequal parts which together have the exact same weight as each one does separately.


In 1970, the Archbishop of Lanciano and the Provincial Superior of the Conventual Franciscans at Abruzzo, with Rome’s approval, requested Dr. Edward Linoli, director of the hospital in Arezzo and professor of anatomy, histology, chemistry, and clinical microscopy, to perform a thorough scientific examination on the relics of the miracle which had occurred twelve centuries earlier.


On March 4, 1971, the professor presented a detailed report of the various studies carried out. Here are the basic results:

1. The “miraculous Flesh" is authentic flesh consisting of muscular striated tissue of the myocardium.

2. The “miraculous Blood" is truly blood. The chromatographic analysis indicated this with absolute and indisputable certainty.

3. The immunological study shows with certigreat interest in the scientific world.