The Solemnity of the Most Precious Blood of of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Litany

The Solemnity of the Most Precious Blood
of of Our Lord Jesus Christ

By Servant of God Abbot Prosper Guéranger OSB (1805-1875)

John the Baptist has pointed out the Lamb, Peter has firmly fixed His throne, Paul has prepared the Bride; this their joint work, admirable in its unity, at once suggests the reason for their feasts occurring almost simultaneously on the cycle. The alliance being now secured, all three fall into shade; whilst the Bride herself, raised up by them to such lofty heights, appears alone before us, holding in her hands the sacred cup of the nuptial-feast.

This gives the key of today’s Solemnity; revealing how its illumining the heavens of the holy Liturgy, at this particular season, is replete with Mystery. The Church, it is true, has already made known to the sons of the New Covenant, and in a much more solemn manner, the price of the Blood that redeemed them, its nutritive strength and the adoring homage which is its due. Yes, on Good Friday, earth and Heaven beheld all sin drowned in the saving stream, whose eternal flood-gates, at last gave way, beneath the combined effort of man’s violence and of the love of the Divine Heart.

The festival of Corpus Christi witnessed our prostrate worship before the aAtars whereon is perpetuated the Sacrifice of Calvary and where, the outpouring of the Precious Blood affords drink to the humblest little ones, as well as to the mightiest potentates of earth, lowly bowed in adoration before it. How is it, then, that Holy Church is now inviting all Christians to hail, in a particular manner, the stream of life ever gushing from the Sacred Fount? What else can this mean but, that the preceding Solemnities have, by no means exhausted the Mystery? The peace which the Blood has made to reign in the high places, as well as in the low, the impetus of its wave-bearing back, the sons of Adam, from the yawning gulf, purified, renewed and dazzling white in the radiance of their heavenly apparel; the Sacred Table outspread before them, on the waters’ brink and the Chalice, brimful of inebriation; all this preparation and display would be objectless, all these splendours would be incomprehensible, if man were not brought to see therein, the wooings of a love which could never endure its advances to be outdone, by the pretensions of any other. Therefore, the Blood of Jesus is set before our eyes, at this moment, as the Blood of the Testament; the pledge of the alliance proposed to us by God (Exod. xxiv. 8; Heb. ix. 20); the dower stipulated upon by Eternal Wisdom for this Divine union to which He is inviting all men and whereof, the consummation in our soul is being urged forward with such vehemence, by the Holy Ghost.

Having therefore, Brethren, a confidence in the entering into the Holies by the Blood of Christ,” says the Apostle, “a new and living way which He hath dedicated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh, let us draw near with a pure heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with clean water, let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He is faithful that hath promised. Let us consider one another to provoke unto charity and to good works (Heb. x. 19-24). And may the God of peace, Who brought again from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Blood of the everlasting Testament, fit you in all goodness, that you may do His will: doing in you, that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom is glory forever and ever. Amen!” (Ibid. xiii. 20, 21)

Nor must we omit to mention here, that this Feast is a monument of one of the most brilliant victories of Holy Church, in our own age. Pius IX. had been driven from Rome in 1848, by the triumphant revolution but, the following year, just about this very season, his power was re-established. Under the aegis of the Apostles on 28 June and the two following days, the eldest daughter of the Church, faithful to her past glories, swept the ramparts of the Eternal City; and on 2 July, Mary’s festival, the victory was completed. Not long after this, a twofold decree notified to the City and to the world, the Pontiff’s gratitude and the way in which he intended to perpetuate, in the Sacred Liturgy, the memory of these events. On 10 August, from Gaeta itself, the place of his exile in the evil day, Pius IX, before returning to re-assume the government of his States, addressing himself to the invisible Head of the Church, confined her in a special manner to His Divine care, by the institution of this day’s Festival; reminding Him that it was for His Church that He vouchsafed to shed all His Precious Blood.

Then, when the Pontiff re-entered his Capital, turning to Mary, just as Pius V and Pius VII. had done under other circumstances, he, the Vicar of Christ, solemnly attributed the honour of the recent victory to Her who is ever the “Help of Christians,” for, on the Feast of Her Visitation it had been gained and he now decreed that this said Feast of 2 July should be raised from the rite of double-major to that of second class throughout the whole world. This was but a prelude to the definition of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which the immortal Pontiff had already in project, whereby the crushing of the serpent’s head would be completed.

Litany of the Most Precious Blood
of of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Lord, have mercyLord, have mercy
Christ, have mercyChrist, have mercy
Lord, have mercyLord, have mercy
God our Father in heavenhave mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the worldhave mercy on us
God the Holy Spirithave mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one Godhave mercy on us
Blood of Christ, only Son of the Fatherbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, incarnate Wordbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, of the new and eternal covenantbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, that spilled to the groundbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, that flowed at the scourgingbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, dripping from the thornsbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, shed on the crossbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, the price of our redemptionbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our only claim to pardonbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our blessing cupbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, in which we are washedbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, torrent of mercybe our salvation
Blood of Christ, that overcomes evilbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, strength of the martyrsbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, endurance of the saintsbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, that makes the barren fruitfulbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, protection of the threatenedbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, comfort of the wearybe our salvation
Blood of Christ, solace of the mournerbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, hope of the repentantbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dyingbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our peace and refreshmentbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our pledge of lifebe our salvation
Blood of Christ, by which we pass to glorybe our salvation
Blood of Christ, most worthy of honorbe our salvation
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldhave mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldhave mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldhave mercy on us
Lord, you redeemed us by your blood.You have made us a kingdom to serve our God.

Let us pray.

Almighty and Eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine Only Begotten Son, the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may worthily adore this Price of our Salvation,and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of this present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ Our Lord.
R/. Amen.



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