The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus.
I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, the merits, love and sufferings of His Sacred Heart, the tears and sorrows of Our Immaculate Mother, as the price of the favor I wish to obtain, if it is for Thy glory and my salvation. Amen.
A Time of Regeneration
The Blood that coursed through the veins of Christ was a part of that Sacred Humanity made possible by the maternity of Mary, whose parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne are honored this month. (July 26). Our Lord's blood poured out on the Cross purchased our salvation, washed clean the robes of the martyrs, and gave birth to the Church as it flowed from his wounded side. The Precious Blood of Christ — now pulsing through his Mystical Body — continues its salvific work, preserving and purifying, repairing and providing nourishment for regeneration and renewal of its members.
July’s longer and warmer days also provide us with the opportunity for renewal, both interior and exterior. Schedules relax and pressures ease, inviting travel. But, whether we travel or not, like the missionary, Bl. Junipero Serra (July 1), we preach to others — by our conduct, our speech, even the clothes we wear. May we be modest in everything we do, imitating St. Maria Goretti, the young martyr for purity (July 6), and “preaching” Christ to everyone we meet.
The summer Readings of Ordinary Time remind us that our earthly pilgrimage is also a journey, a great adventure towards union with Christ, the Beginning and the End of our journey. Each Sunday with its Easter renewal becomes a mile marker along the way, linking where we have been with where we are going. May the Precious Blood of Jesus sustain us as we journey to our true home, with Mary and the angels as our companions on the way.
To the Precious Blood of Jesus
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 and 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, grant that every heart and every tongue may be enabled to praise Thee, magnify Thee and give Thee thanks now and for evermore. Amen
For the Fruits of the Precious Blood
Almighty and everlasting God, who hast appointed Thy only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and hast been pleased to be reconciled unto us by His Blood, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our salvation, that the power thereof may here on earth keep us from all things hurtful, and the fruit of the same may gladden us for ever hereafter in heaven. Through the same Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, who camest down from heaven to earth from the bosom of the Father, and didst shed Thy Precious Blood for the remission of our sins: we humbly beseech Thee, that in the day of judgment we may deserve to hear, standing at Thy right hand: "Come, ye blessed." Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.
Consecration to the Precious Blood
O Jesus, fairest of the children of men, Thou whom I see crushed beneath the weight of my sins, covered with wounds, Thy hands and feet pierced with nails, Thy side opened with a lance, I adore Thee and recognize Thee as my Lord and my God and as my beloved Redeemer. Pierced with grief at sight of the Blood flowing from Thy wounds for the redemption of souls, I feel irresistibly urged to consecrate myself to the worship of this regenerating Blood and, by an exemplary life, to atone for all the profanations of this Divine Blood and for those which It still receives daily in the veins of Thy Sacred Body present mystically on the altar. By this consecration which I beg Thee to accept, O my Savior, I desire to spend my whole life in proving to Thee my gratitude and my love by paying frequent homage to Thy Precious Blood and by propagating this devotion as far as is in my power. I desire every pulsation of my heart to be a renewal of this consecration, a constantly repeated act of love for this redeeming Blood, a perpetual offering of Its merits in behalf of sinners and all the souls dear to me, and a hymn of unceasing praise in union with that of the Saints and all the blessed in Heaven: "To the Lamb who redeemed us in His Blood, be honor and glory and benediction forever."
O Mary, Mother of the Divine Redeemer, obtain for me the grace of adoring fervently throughout my life the Blood of thy Divine Son and of singing forever Its mercies in Heaven. Amen.
Consecration to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
Conscious, merciful Savior, of my nothingness and of Thy sublimity, I cast myself at Thy feet and thank Thee for the many proofs of Thy grace shown unto me, Thy ungrateful creature. I thank Thee especially for delivering me by Thy Precious Blood from the destructive power of Satan. In the presence of my dear Mother Mary, my guardian angel, my patron saint, and of the whole company of heaven, I dedicate myself voluntarily with a sincere heart, O dearest Jesus, to Thy Precious Blood, by which Thou hast redeemed the world from sin, death and hell. I promise Thee, with the help of Thy grace and to the utmost of my strength to stir up and foster devotion to Thy Precious Blood, the price of our redemption, so that Thy adorable Blood may be honored and glorified by all. In this way, I wish to make reparation for my disloyalty towards Thy Precious Blood of love, and to make satisfaction to Thee for the many profanations which men commit against that precious price of their salvation. O would that my own sins, my coldness, and all the acts of disrespect I have ever committed against Thee, O Holy Precious Blood, could be undone. Behold, O dearest Jesus, I offer to Thee the love, honor and adoration, which Thy most Holy Mother, Thy faithful disciples and all the saints have offered to Thy Precious Blood. I ask Thee to forget my earlier faithlessness and coldness, and to forgive all who offend Thee. Sprinkle me, O Divine Savior, and all men with Thy Precious Blood, so that we, O Crucified Love, may love Thee from now on with all our hearts, and worthily honor the price of our salvation. Amen.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Holy Father's Prayer Intentions
For July 2021
We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.
A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
Most merciful and Triune God,
We come to you in our weakness.
We come to you in our fear.
We come to you with trust.
For you alone are our hope.
We place before you the disease present in our world.
We turn to you in our time of need.
Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into your eternal home.
Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in your care.
Jesus, I trust in you.
Jesus, I trust in you.
Jesus, I trust in you.
The Devotion to the Precious Blood
This devotion is one of the most ancient of pious Church practices.
It is said that the Blessed Virgin venerated the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as she collected the first relics of His Precious Blood on a piece of cloth. On that momentous occasion she united her tears with that of the Word Incarnate on account of not so much of the sensible pain but of His supernatural sorrow for the hard-heartedness of mortals.
It was the first of seven blood-sheddings of Our Divine Savior, the rest being:
2. The Agony in the Garden
3. The Scourging at the Pillar
4. The Crowning with Thorns
5. The Way of the Cross
6. The Crucifixion
7. The Piercing of His Heart
In his book, The Precious Blood, Father Frederick William Faber, D.D., calls Saint Paul the Doctor of the Precious Blood owing to his evident fondness to preach on the subject in his epistles (Romans 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12). He recounts that the lives of saints are replete with devotion to the Precious Blood making special mention of Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Austin, Saint Gertrude and Saint Catherine of Sienna whom he considered the Prophetess of the Precious Blood for putting emphasis on it as the solution to the ills of her times.
Father Faber also remarks that the Precious Blood makes us appreciate more Christ’s redemption of mankind, His sacrifice and Passion. It also makes us comprehend the beautiful doctrine and the august realities of the Blessed Sacrament as we kneel in front of the tabernacle in humble adoration.
Over time the Church gave Her blessing to the devotion by approving societies like the Missionaries of the Precious Blood; enriching confraternities like that of Saint Nicholas in Carcere, in Rome, and that of the London Oratory; attaching indulgences to prayers and scapulars in honor of the Precious Blood; and instituting commemorative feasts of the Precious Blood, Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent and, since Pius IX, the first Sunday of July. 
Sadly, however, the feast was removed from the church calendar in 1969, the argument being that the cultus of the Precious Blood is included in the Mass and Divine Office of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Nevertheless, it is still laudable and salutary to continue to see the month of July as dedicated to the Most Precious Blood, just as Blessed Pope Pius IX intended it to be.[e all that can displease Thee or resist Thy holy will; let Thy pure love imprint Thee so deeply upon my heart, that I shall nevermore be able to forget Thee or to be separated from Thee; may I obtain from all Thy loving kindness the grace of having my name written in Thee, for in Thee I desire to place all my happiness and all my glory, living and dying in very bondage to Thee. Amen.
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, the merits, love and sufferings of His Sacred Heart, the tears and sorrows of Our Immaculate Mother, as the price of the favor I wish to obtain, if it is for Thy glory and my salvation. Amen.
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Saints of the Month
7/01 Bl Junipero Serra
He brought the Native Americans not only the gift of faith but also a decent standard of living.
7/02 St Oliver Plunkett
Deliberating for 15 minutes, a jury found him guilty of fomenting revolt.
7/03 St Thomas the Apostle
Thomas said to the other apostles, “Let us also go to die with him”...
7/04 St Elizabeth of Portugal
She repeatedly sought and effected peace between the king and their rebellious son, Alfonso.
7/05 St Anthony Zaccaria
Among the early movers of the Counter-Reformation was Anthony Zaccaria.
7/06 St Maria Goretti
She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write.
7/07 Bl Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions
Emmanuel, his brother Franciscans and the three Maronite laymen were beatified in 1926.
7/08 St Gregory Grassi and Companions
He was martyred during the short but bloody Boxer Uprising of 1900.
7/09 St Nicholas Pick and Companions
Nicholas and his companions (11 Franciscans and eight diocesan priests) are known as "the martyrs of Gorcum.
7/10 St Veronica Giuliani
Her father had wanted her to marry, but she convinced him to allow her to become a nun.
7/11 St Benedict
Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome and early in life was drawn to the monastic life.
7/12 Sts John Jones & John Wall
These two friars were martyred in England in the 16th and 17th centuries
7/13 St Henry
He fostered the reform of ecclesiastical and monastic life.
7/14 St Katerina Tekakwitha
Kateri was then adopted by an uncle who had great hatred for the Christian people.
7/15 St Bonaventure
Because of the spirit that filled him and his writings, he was at first called the Devout Doctor
7/16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Take this Scapular. Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire.
7/17 St Francis Solano
Francis quickly learned the local languages and was well received by the indigenous peoples.
7/18 Bl Angeline of Marsciano
She founded the first community of Franciscan women other than Poor Clares to receive papal approval.
7/19 Servant of God Francis Garcés & Companions
After ordination in 1763, he was sent to Mexico.
7/20 St Apollinaris
According to tradition, St. Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop.
7/21 St Lawrence of Brindisi
He was born on July 22, 1559, and died exactly 60 years later on his birthday in 1619.
7/22 St Mary Magdalene
Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible.
7/23 St Bridget
Mother of eight children, she lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death.
7/24 St Sharbel Makhluf
His reputation for holiness prompted people to seek him to receive a blessing.
7/25 St James
James was one of the favored three who had the privilege of witnessing the Transfiguration.
7/26 Sts Joachim and Anne
This is the “feast of grandparents.”
7/27 Bl Antonio Lucci
His 23 years as bishop were marked by visits to local parishes and a renewal of gospel living among the people.
7/28 St Leopold Mandic
Leopold’s dream was to go to the Orthodox Christians and work for the reunion of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy.
7/29 St Martha
Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death.
7/30 St Peter Chrysologus
Peter of the Golden Words, as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna.
7/31 St Ignatius of Loyola
Ignatius was a true mystic. He centered his spiritual life on the essential foundations of Christianity...