Last month we explored the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This month, we explore the devotion the Precious Blood of our Lord.
The Precious Blood, given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ during the Last Supper, grants us an opportunity to get closer to Jesus. It is wine that takes on the real presence of Jesus, giving us valuable graces.
But even more than that, the Precious Blood refers to the blood Jesus shed for us in His sacrifice on the cross and at his circumcision after his birth. His divine blood shed for humanity is powerful! Pope John XXIII wrote a beautiful apostolic letter on the topic that can be found here.
Please join me in praying this lovely prayer to the Precious Blood:
O Precious Blood of Jesus, infinite price of sinful man’s redemption, both drink and laver of our souls,
Thou who dost plead continually the cause of man before the throne of infinite mercy;
from the depths of my heart, I adore Thee, and so far as I am able,
I would requite Thee for the insults and outrages which Thou dost continually receive from human beings,
and especially from those who rashly dare to blaspheme Thee.
Who would not bless this Blood of infinite value?
Who doth not feel within himself the fire of the love of Jesus who shed it all for us?
What would be my fate, had I not been redeemed by this Divine Blood?
Who hath drawn it from the veins of my Savior, even to the last drop?
Ah, this surely was the work of love. O infinite love, which has given us this saving balm!
O balm beyond all price, welling up fr
om the fountain of infinite love,
grant that every heart and every tongue may be enabled to praise Thee,
magnify Thee and give Thee thanks both now and for evermore.
For a nice craft to help your children understand the Precious Blood and how it ties into the Sacred Heart of Jesus, head on over to Starry Mantle for a Precious Blood craft.
Next Month: August will be the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament!