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Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

Every month of the year in the Catholic Church is dedicated to a particular devotion of the Catholic faith. July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Our Lord. These dedications are the same every year and are based on historical events or particular aspects of the liturgical calendar (or a combination of the two). They do not always line up exactly with their liturgically celebrated feast day, since they’re fixed calendar days (and the liturgical calendar changes slightly each year). Here we’ve gathered some of our favorite resources for you to read and use throughout the month.

Special Devotions for the Months
January Devotion- Holy Name of Jesus
February Devotion- Holy Family
March Devotion- St. Joseph
April Devotion- The Eucharist and The Holy Spirit
May Devotion- Mary
June Devotion- The Sacred Heart
July Devotion- The Precious Blood of Our Lord
August Devotion- The Blessed Sacrament
September Devotion- The Seven Sorrows of Mary
October Devotion- The Rosary
November Devotion- The Poor Souls in Purgatory
December Devotion- Advent & The Coming of Christ


RESOURCES for THE DEVOTION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD

JULY: DEVOTION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD

FEAST.JULY board on Pinterest

July saint feast days

Printable Saints for the whole year

July saints word find

Month of the Precious Blood // Catholic Culture

July: Month of Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus // Catholic Company

The Precious Blood by Rev. Fr. Frederick William Faber

Activities to do with the family for the month of July

Litany Prayer of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus (with an audio option)

Consecration Prayer to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Novena to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Prayers for the month of July: Precious Blood of Our Lord

Prayers in Honor of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Precious Blood of Christ bracelet

Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2

True Presence by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink

WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST?
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Ink Slingers Karen

August: The Month of the Blessed Sacrament

Last month, we discussed the July devotion to the Precious Blood. Today, we explore the August devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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We know, as Catholics, that we encounter Jesus whenever we go to Mass and experience the Consecration. When wine and bread are transformed into Body and Blood, and we receive Him, we are transformed. It grants a special grace to handle the trials of Christian living.

Consecrated hosts are kept in a sacred container called a ciborum that is housed inside the tabernacle. The tabernacle is what we are to face when we genuflect at Mass. Some parishes have designated times where the the tabernacle is opened and available for prayerful contemplation called Eucharistic Adoration. This is a wonderful exercise for your spiritual muscle. Take a devotional, your Bible, or simply a blank notebook with a pen and sit in quiet contemplation and take notes on what comes to you as you sit and pray. The Blessed Sacrament can teach you plenty.

 

Prayer

HERE is a prayer from EWTN that you can use when visiting the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration:

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My Lord Jesus Christ, for the love which You bear to men, You remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit You. I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this chapel. I now salute Your most loving Heart: and this for three ends:

  1. In thanksgiving for this great gift;
  2. To make amends to You for all the outrages which You receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies;
  3. I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are the least revered and the most abandoned.

My Jesus, I love You with all my heart. I grieve for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. I promise with Your grace never more to offend You in the future.

Now, miserable and unworthy though I be, I consecrate myself to You without reserve;

I give You my entire will, my affections, my desires, and all that I possess. From now on dispose of me and of all that I have as You please. All that I ask of You and desire is Your holy love, final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of Your will. I recommend to You the souls in purgatory; but especially those who had the greatest devotion to the most Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners.

My dear Saviour, I unite all my affections with the affections of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to Your eternal Father, and beseech Him in Your name to vouchsafe, for Your love, to accept them.

Amen.
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Craft

HERE is a wonderful craft you can do with your children to teach them more about the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, and the tabernacle.

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Ink Slingers Karen

July: Devotion to the Precious Blood of Our Lord

Last month we explored the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This month, we explore the devotion the Precious Blood of our Lord.

July: Devotion to 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

 

 

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Prayer

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?

July: Devotion to the Precious Blood of Our LordWho 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.

Amen.

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Craft

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!

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Anima Christi Charla Series

LINE-BY-LINE PRAYER REFLECTION ANIMA CHRISTI, PART VII

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This is the seventh of a series of posts reflecting line-by-line on the Anima Christi.

Within Thy wounds hide me.
In other words, give me shelter, Lord.
The Lord is our refuge. He keeps us safe from all evil and harm that can come from spiritual attack. When we attempt, in our own pride, to step outside of Christ, we come to spiritual ruin. This concept is so very important that special devotions are made to these wounds.
In my research I found the Rosary (or Chaplet) of the Holy Wounds. This devotion to the Holy Wounds and the promises were revealed to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon (1841-1907), of the Monastery of the Visitation of Chambery. She experienced visions form the age of five. The Lord revealed to her these prayers and promises and the cause for her beatification was introduced in 1937. The promises remarkably invoke Christ’s wounds as a refuge and salvation. This devotion is a relatively new means of prayer within the Catholic Tradition.
The prayer on the large beads of the rosary is as follows:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To heal the wounds of our souls.
This prayer reveals just exactly what Christ’s suffering does for us. Christ shelters us, because He suffered for us; we do not deserve this refuge, but He endures it to keep us close and in his care.
By examining each of the physical wounds that Christ endured, we can better understand what this portion of the Anima Christi means.
• nailing to cross through right hand
• nailing to cross through left hand
• nailing to cross through right foot
• nailing to cross through left foot
• Piercing of side by Holy Lance of Longinus
In the course of his Passion, Jesus suffered other wounds as well, such as those from the crown of thorns and from the flagellation. (Wikipedia)
We ask to be hidden in his right hand, the hand that acts, the hand that is favored. We remain within this wound to be cradled and caressed. The right hand symbolizes God’s omnipotence; we are safe and secure within His power.
We are also within the wound in His left hand, which is known to symbolize divine, just, judgment. God’s judgment is also crucial to our well-being, so being within the wound holds us to the standard He expects of us.
Christ’s feet held him on the cross, as we are within these wounds, we are asking God to keep us strong and steadfast. We are within the base of that which holds Christ up, and we are asked to hold Christ up and revere him.
His side wound keeps us sheltered close to His heart. As water flowed from the wound, we are cleansed and renewed. We have to as Christ to keep us near to his heart and truly shelter us. Christ’s side was pierced with the Holy Lance of Longinus, a Roman soldier. It was believed that whoever possesses the Holy Spear and understands the powers it serves, holds is his hand the destiny of the world for good or evil (Vatican.com).
The prophetic words of the prophet Isaiah explain it well: “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

Asking to be hidden within the wounds of Christ is an invocation for safety, justice, security, confidence, affection, and above all a prayer of thanks that God was willing to sacrifice His beloved son, Christ was willing to suffer, and the Holy Spirit was willing to inspire us to try to be worthy of it all.

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Reflections on First Holy Communion

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Approaching the big day, my daughter started her countdown. “Mom, this is the last Sunday that I won’t be able to receive Communion.” “Dad, this is the last school mass when I won’t be able to receive Communion.” So was the week leading up to her First Holy Communion. We had “been there, done that” with our older two and figured we were old pros at what needed to be done for the day to go smoothly. Dress? Katie wanted to wear her “birthday buddy” and aunt’s dress, so… check. Hair? Curled and sprayed. Veil? Came with the dress. Shoes? Quick stop at the store to find the “perfect” ones. Banner for our pew? We are using the same one with all the children and having each one add a little something for their personal touch. Check and double check. The night before, we made sure the camera batteries were charged. Finally, a family picture with all eight of us (no judging – Nicholas is only 13 months old!)! We talked about the sacredness of the sacrament and how special it was that she was able to join us at the table of our Lord now. Sometimes that is lost in the preparation and planning for the “perfect day” though.

The day dawned sunny and warm with only a slight breeze. We made it to the church early. No, really, we arrived early! As she walked up to receive Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist, I got teary. Not because she looked like such a little lady, but because I was remembering how recently it seemed that we had watched our older two do the same thing. The same older two that now are taller and nearly as tall as I am. Gone are their “little kid” looks.

I remembered when Grace made her first communion two years ago. She did not do a countdown. She was too worried about tripping when she did her reading or when she walked up to receive. Afterward though? She counted each time she was able to receive. By the end of the first week, I remember her calling her friend and telling her that she had already gotten to receive communion FOUR times. Oh my! She was so excited!

When Jack made his first communion, his thoughts turned directly to being an altar server. When could he start training?

Each of them had a slightly different focus, but each of them knew what a blessed sacrament they received and could continue to receive in physically receiving our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist.

The Monday after First Holy Communion, our school and church celebrate by inviting the parents of the communicants to come to all-school mass and a special breakfast. Father’s homily is very similar each time (having heard it three times now 🙂 ). I am very happy about that fact. He invites members of our church community to attend this mass so that they can say what year they made their first communion. I think the oldest one this year made it in 1934!! His point in asking is that Jesus invited each of these people to make their first communion years ago. They did, but that wasn’t all. That wasn’t the end. That was the beginning! Jesus invites us to keep coming to the table; not to turn away; not to say maybe next week. He wants us all, as often as we are able.

While each person had a slightly different focus, the joy emanating at receiving our Lord was the same. Whether it be my first or second or if the number of times I have received communion is too numerous to count, I want that joy. It is easy to be lost in corralling toddlers in the line or tired from a restless night of sleep by the baby. May the sacred sacrament always be at the forefront of our minds as we go forward to receive communion and may the joy of receiving our Lord in the Eucharist always be as it was that first time.

We are so blessed to share in a Faith where we are able to receive our Lord every day if we make ourselves available to Him. He is always here for us. Always. We do not have a Lord who once was here and is now in a book. We believe in one LIVING God, who is physically present at each and every mass. Praise God!

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

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