MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Sacred Heart Day 33                  CONCLUSION

“And they shall go in and go out, and find pasture.”

One great secret for executing the good purposes inspired by God during this month, is to learn to enter into the sacred heart, to go forth from the sacred heart, and enter again into the sacred heart. First, enter into the sacred heart by recollection and prayer; make great account always of this holy exercise; never lose sight of Jesus. Remember how St Teresa recommends it. Second, go forth from the sacred heart to labour for Jesus Christ, as the seraphim go out from paradise without leaving it; preserve the desire, at least, of returning to it quickly, and remain in the presence of Jesus; carry him with you to lodge him in the hearts of those with whom you converse. Go forth from Jesus, like the ray from the sun, and like Jesus from his father; that is, without ceasing to be united to him. Third, re-enter the heart of Jesus as soon as possible; first. by frequent elevations of mind and heart, amid your many occupations; secondly, by penance, and examen, recalling your heart from its wanderings; place your head under the cross, and if you have sinned by pride, say, Lord, trample on this proud head: if by impatience, say, Lord, why have I not the lance which pierced your heart, therewith to pierce mine, and relieve it from all its bitterness? If by any other fault, say, I know, Lord, you are my judge, and I wish, therefore, to anticipate your judgment by punishing myself; for I know you love me too well to punish me twice. Behold the means of entering, of going forth, and of re-entering the sacred heart, and thus remaining constantly united to it,  If you still hesitate, hear the lesson which our Lord him self gave to a holy soul. He appeared to her holding a golden circle, in the midst of which was a heart, fastened on all sides with chains of gold, and against which several persons bent arrows; some shot so as that the arrows went but half way; others hit the circle, and caused some sparks to be emitted therefrom; but the third class struck the heart, penetrated it thoroughly, and caused many drops of blood and rays of light to spring on them. Being seized with astonishment, this soul begged the solution of this mystery, and it was explained to her, that the golden circle represented the divine mercy ‘ which comprehends in it, as its masterpiece, the loving heart of Jesus, with the infinite merits of his life and death; and that those who shot the arrows, figured three sorts of persons who give themselves particularly to the practice of virtue. ‘That the first, whose darts were ineffectual, indicated those who perform their actions through custom. The second, those who, with good intentions, intermingle their own selfish motives. The third, those who, rising superior to all, act purely for the glory of God, and thereby go direct to the sacred heart, and transpiercing it, cause to flow on themselves abundantly the fruits of the passion of the Savior, which is applied to them by great lights and holy inspirations. Let ‘our actions, like those of these last, go straight to the sacred heart. Still more, establish therein your dwelling; but, not satisfied to dwell there alone, draw thither all that you are able.

MONTH OF PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS – FOURTH DAY

Precious Blood of Jesus third day

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the Precious Blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. – I Peter 1:18-19

Salvation! What music is there in that word, music that never tires but is always new, that always rouses yet always rests us! It holds in itself all that our hearts would say. It is sweet vigor to us in the morning, and in the evening it is contented peace. It is a song that is always singing itself deep down in the delighted soul. Angelic ears are ravished by it up in heaven; and our Eternal Father Himself listens to it with adorable complacency. It is sweet even to Him out of whose mind is the music of a thousand worlds. To be saved! What is it to be saved? Who can tell? Eye has not seen, nor ear heard. It is a rescue, and from such a shipwreck. It is a rest, and in such an unimaginable home. It is to lie down for ever in the Bosom of God in an endless rapture of insatiable contentment. “Thou shalt call His Name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins.” Who else but Jesus can do this, and what else even from Him do we require but this; for in this lie all things which we can desire? Of all miseries the bondage of sin is the most miserable. It is worse than sorrow, worse than pain. It is such a ruin that no other ruin is like unto it. It troubles all the peace of life. It turns sunshine into darkness. It embitters all pleasant fountains, and poisons the very blessings of God which should have been for our healing. It doubles the burdens of life, which are heavy enough already. It makes death a terror and a torture, and the eternity beyond the grave an infinite and intolerable blackness. Alas! we have felt the weightiness of sin, and know that there is nothing like it. Life has brought many sorrows to us, and many fears- Our hearts have ached a thousand times. Tears have flowed. Sleep has fled,. Food has been nauseous to us, even when our weakness craved for it. But never have we felt anything like the dead weight of a mortal sin. What then must a life of such sins be? What must be a death in sin? What the irrevocable eternity of unretracted sin? From all this horror whither shall we look for deliverance? Not to ourselves; for we know the practical infinity of our weakness, and the incorrigible vitality of our corruption. Not to any earthly power; for it has no jurisdiction here. Not to philosophy, literature, or science; for in this case they are but sorry and unhelpful matters. Not to any saint however holy, nor to any angel, however mighty; for the least sin is a bigger mountain than they have faculties to move. Not to the crowned queen of God’s creation, the glorious and the sinless Mary; for even her holiness cannot satisfy for sin, nor the whiteness of her purity take out its deadly stain. Neither may we look for deliverance direct from the patience and compassion of God Himself; for in the abysses of His wisdom it has been decreed, that with out shedding of blood there shall be no remission of sin.

It is from the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ alone that our salvation comes.

PRECIOUS BLOOD FOURTH DAY

Hail, saving Victim, offered on the gibbet of the cross for me and for the whole human race. Hail, precious blood, flowing from the wounds of our crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world. Remember, O Lord, Thy creature that Thou hast redeemed by Thy precious blood.

Without the shedding of the Blood of the Lamb of God, we could not be redeemed.

Without His cleansing and vivifying Blood coursing through the Church, there would be no Mystical Body of Christ.

Without His glorious Blood, the Sacraments would have no effect.

Without His redeeming Blood, Mary would never have been conceived without sin, and there would be no saints whatsoever.

The Most Precious Blood of Christ is an aspect of His Sacred Humanity. It is therefore hypostatically united to His Deity, and so can receive our worship, adoration, and love. When we pray to the Precious Blood we are praying to the Person of Jesus Christ, our Savior, present in His Blood.

The Pope Who Condemned His Predecessor, But Not For Heresy

                             Pope St. Leo II

Pope St. Leo II

Pope (682-83), date of birth unknown; d. 28 June, 683. He was a Sicilian, and son of one Paul. Though elected pope a few days after the death of St. Agatho (10 June, 681), he was not consecrated till after the lapse of a year and seven months (17 Aug., 682). Under Leo’s predecessor St. Agatho, negotiations had been opened between the Holy See and Emperor Constantine Pogonatus concerning the relations of the Byzantine Court to papal elections. Constantine had already promised Agatho to abolish or reduce the tax which for about a century the popes had had to pay to the imperial treasury on the occasion of their consecration, and under Leo’s successor he made other changes in what had hitherto been required of the Roman Church at the time of a papal election. In all probability, therefore, it was continued correspondence on this matter which caused the delay of the imperial confirmation of Leo’s election, and hence the long postponement of his consecration. The most important act accomplished by Leo in his short pontificate was his confirmation of the acts of the Sixth Oecumenical Council (680-1). This council had been held in Constantinople against the Monothelites, and had been presided over by the legates of Pope Agatho. After Leo had notified the emperor that the decrees of the council had been confirmed by him, he proceeded to make them known to the nations of the West. The letters which he sent for this end to the king and to the bishops and nobles of Spain have come down to us. In them he explained what the council had effected, and he called upon the bishops to subscribe to its decrees. At the same time he was at pains to make it clear that in condemning his predecessor Honorius I, he did so, not because he taught heresy, but because he was not active enough in opposing it. In accordance with the papal mandate, a synod was held at Toledo (684) in which the Council of Constantinople was accepted.

Pope St. Leo II

The fact that Ravenna had long been the residence of the emperors or of their representatives, the exarchs, had awakened the ambition of its archbishops. They aspired to the privileges of patriarchs and desired to be autocephalous, i.e. free from the direct jurisdiction of the pope, considered as their primate. As they could not succeed in inducing the popes to agree to their wishes, they attempted to secure their accomplishment by an imperial decree recognizing them as autocephalous. But this did not prove sufficient to enable the archbishops to effect their purpose, and Leo obtained from Constantine Pogonatus the revocation of the edict of Constans. On his side, however, Leo abolished the tax which the archbishops had been accustomed to pay when they received the pallium. And though he insisted that the archbishops-elect must come to Rome to be consecrated, he consented to the arrangement that they should not be obliged to remain in Rome more than eight days at the time of their consecration, and that, while they were not to be bound to come again to Rome themselves in order to offer their homage to the pope, they were each year to send a delegate to do so in their name. Perhaps because he feared that the Lombards might again ravage the catacombs, Leo transferred thence many of the relics of the martyrs into a church which he built to receive them. This pope, who is called by his contemporary biographer both just and learned, is commemorated as a saint in the Roman Martyrology on 28 June.

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Epistle and Gospel – July 3.

 

EPISTLE

Lesson from the first letter of St Peter the Apostle

1 Peter 5:1-4; 5:10-11

Dearly beloved brethren: The ancients therefore that are among you, I beseech, who am myself also an ancient, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre’s sake, but voluntarily: Neither as lording it over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart. And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. But the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you. To him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.

Thou art Peter and Upon this Rock I will Build my Church!!

GOSPEL

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

Matthew 16:13-19

In that time: Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART – THIRTY THIRD DAY

MONTH OF SACRED HEART OF JESUS DAY 33

Thirty-Third Mediation

On the zeal Jesus expects we should show in extending devotion to his Sacred Heart

It is not enough that you have conceived a great devotion to the sacred heart, you must also labor to diffuse it among others, this, if you love, will not be difficult the proof most unequivocal of love, being zeal for the lover’s cause. “He who has no zeal,” says St Augustine, “has no love.” The first means of exercising this zeal is, to furnish in yourself an example of tender devotion to the heart of Jesus; and example is the shortest and easiest mode of teaching. The second is to recommend and explain it to those who are ignorant of it, and to increase and augment it in those who already know it. The third and the easiest is, to pray this sacred heart to make itself known and loved, by those secret movements which enlighten and touch hearts. No one can excuse himself from employing this easy means. The saints well knew what prayer can do with God in zealous enterprises; and hence, they never failed to unite it with preaching, remembering “that neither he who plants, nor he who waters, is any thing; but God, who gives the increase.” It is related of a certain Jesuit father, that he never preached without spending three hours in most fervent prayer, accompanied by tears. A lay brother of the same society, being asked what means he took to gain souls to God, in his office of porter, said, “ I speak one word to men, and a hundred to God.” Let us then pray; and if our sins render us unworthy of being the instruments which Jesus Christ employs to make known his sacred heart, let us ask him to substitute others in our place. Let us conjure him to send laborers into his harvest, who, penetrated with the advantages of this devotion, will devote themselves to extend it. Let us pray; all is given to prayer. A holy soul having asked God, why, in this corrupt age, he does not raise up some one of those saints, whose zeal changes the world, in some manner, he replied, “ I am not prayed fervently for it.” Our Lord declared to sister Margaret that he would bestow treasures of grace, which it would be impossible to express, on those who would devote themselves to procure his sacred heart all the honor and glory they could; and he showed her the names of many engraved on his heart, because of their desire so to do.

Say thrice: Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS – THIRD DAY

Chalice of Blessed Pope Pius IX, given to him by the Passionists

Chalice of Blessed Pope Pius IX, given to him by the Passionists

The Liturgical Year – Dom Prosper Guéranger

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS

Blessed Pope Pius IX had been driven out from Rome in November 1848 by the triumphant revolution; but the following year, just about this season, his power was re-established. Under the aegis of the apostles on June 28 and the two following days, the eldest daughter of the Church a former nickname for France, faithful to her past glories, swept the ramparts of the eternal city; and on July 2, Mary’s festival [the feast of the Visitation on the traditional calendar], the victory was completed. Not long after this, a twofold decree notified to the city and 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 August 10, from Gaeta itself a town between Rome and Naples, the place of his exile in the evil day, Blessed Pope Pius IX, before returning to re-assume the governments of his States, addressing himself to the invisible head of the Church, confided 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 had vouchsafed to shed all His precious Blood. Then, when the Pontiff re-entered his capital on 12 April 1850, when he was finally assured that the French would not interfere in his affairs, turning to Mary, just as Pope St. Pius V and Pope Pius VIII had done under other circumstances, the Vicar of Christ solemnly attributed the honor 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 July 2 should be raised from the rite of double major to that of second class through the whole world This was a prelude to the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which the immortal Pontiff had already projected, whereby the crushing of the serpent’s head would be completed.”

Precious Blood of Jesus, save us!

Sanguis Christi, inebria me!

St. Alphonsus on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ

Prayer in Honor of the Precious Blood

O Precious Blood of Jesus, infinite Price of our redemption and both the drink and laver of our souls, You continually plead the cause of all people before the throne of Infinite Mercy. From the depths of my heart I adore You.  Jesus, insofar as I am able I want to make reparation for the insults and outrages which You receive from human beings, especially from those who blaspheme You and deny Your presence.

Who would not venerate the Blood of infinite value? Who does not feel inflamed with love for the Jesus Who shed It?  What would have become of me had I not been redeemed by this Divine Blood ?  Who has drained It all from the veins of my Savior?  Surely this was the work of Love! O Infinite Love, which has given us this saving Balm!  O Balm beyond all price, welling up from the foundation of Infinite Love!  Grant that every heart and every tongue may render You praise and thanks, now and forever!  Amen.

Litany of the Most Precious Blood

      of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, 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 or God, Save us.

Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, Save us.

Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in 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 taketh away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.

Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

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 beg of Thee, 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.

MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART – THIRTY SECOND DAY

DREAM OF ST JOSEPH

Fifth means of acquiring devotion to the Sacred Heart 

Veneration for St Joseph

The saints exert themselves singularly in obtaining for their clients the virtue in which themselves excelled—the means which have most powerfully aid them in attaining perfections. We have remarked, that at all times the devotion of e servants of God has been ardent to the sacred heart of his son; but we shall here allude only to three of them, to whom you can have recourse in a special manner, to obtain for you this great favor. The first is St Joseph. Who can doubt that this great saint, who enjoyed the privilege of so often carrying Jesus in his arms, of living with him for 30 years-who can doubt, I say, that in the silence of that life of continual prayer which Joseph led at Nazareth, that the Savior may not have discovered to him all the treasures of his heart, as to the first and most favored after his divine mother?

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“Go, then, to Joseph,” if you wish to know and love the heart of Jesus; for all the treasures of this heart have been deposited in his hands to enrich his faithful servants. After St Joseph, go next to the disciple whom Jesus loved, the glorious St John the Evangelist. To whom, in effect, can you address yourself with more confidence, for a more tender devotion to the sacred heart of the Saviour, than to the cherished disciple who reposed thereon at the last pasch, and who deeply penetrated its secrets? To whom can you pray with more certainty of obtaining this favor, than to that favored saint who alone was chosen to receive the last sighs of this sacred heart on the cross, to share in the grief of Mary when she saw it pierced with a lance, and who was the first, after her, who entered and abode in this wound of love, this true hole of the rock. As to St Aloysius’s devotion to the sacred heart, in the exercise of an interior li e and constant union with God, it has been his characteristic. Oh! how much Aloysius loved while on earth! exclaimed St Magdalen of Pazzi, to whom glorified, after death, had been revealed. While on earth, he continually sat arrows of love into the heart of the eternal Lord; and now that he is in heaven, these arrows rebound on his own heart, and remain there; these acts of love and charity giving him now extreme joy. Oh! how great is the glory of Aloysius, the son of Ignatius, continues the same saint: I would never have supposed it, if in Jesus had not manifested it to me. I wish I could go and publish his glory to the world, that God might be thereby glorified. He is not so elevated in heaven, but because of his interior life. Who then can appreciate the merit of this life? No; there is no comparison between interior and exterior acts. This amiable model of interior souls, as well especially of youth, will help you to be devout to the sacred heart, and the more so, as he has testified his desire to see it extended. In 1765, a novice of the Society of Jesus, named Nicholas Celestini, being reduced to extremity of sickness, saw St Aloysius, whom be invoked, approach his bed, an heard him say, that he had procured for him the prolongation of his life, on condition that he would promote and extend the devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus, and specially love and honor it.

 

Say thrice: Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

 

MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS – SECOND DAY

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Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood

The Chaplet of the Precious Blood, also known as the Precious Blood Rosary

Seven “effusions of the Blood of Christ”, implicitly or explicitly mentioned in the Gospels, are recalled in a series of biblical meditations and devotional prayers:

The Blood of the Circumcision, the Blood of the Garden of Gethsemane, the Blood of the Flagellation, the Blood of the Crowning of Thorns, the Blood of the Carrying of the Cross, the blood of the Crucifixion, the Blood flowing from Christ’s side pierced by the lance. 

This Chaplet is divided into seven groups, containing thirty-three “Our Fathers” in honor of the thirty-three years Our Savior’s life on earth before it was poured out on the Cross for our salvation. 

After each group, the “Glory be to the Father” is recited in thanksgiving to the Holy Trinity for this great gift of the Precious Blood. While reciting these prayers, meditate on each of the seven blood sheddings of Jesus.

V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

1st Mystery – Jesus shed His Blood in the Circumcision

Let us ask for chastity of soul and body. 

Our Father five times, Glory be to the Father once.

We pray, thee, Lord, help your people whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

2nd Mystery – Jesus shed His Blood while praying in the Garden of Olives.

Let us ask for the spirit of prayer.

Our Father five times. Glory be to the Father.

We pray thee, Lord, help your people whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

3rd Mystery – Jesus shed His Blood in the scourging

Let us ask for the grace of mortification.

Our Father five times. Glory be to the Father.

We pray thee, Lord, help Your people whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

Crown of Thorns, Dirk van Baburen

4th Mystery – Jesus shed His Blood in the crowning with thorns

Let us ask for contempt of worldly honors.

Our Father five times. Glory be to the Father.

We pray thee, Lord, help Your people whom You redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

5th Mystery – Jesus shed His Blood while carrying the Cross

Let us ask for patience.

Our Father five times. Glory be to the Father.

We pray thee, Lord, help Your people whom You redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

6th Mystery – Jesus shed His Blood in the Crucifixion

Let us ask for contrition for our sins.

Our Father five time. Glory be to the Father

We pray thee, Lord, help your people whom You redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

7th Mystery – Jesus shed His Blood and water when His side was pierced.

Let us ask for the grace of perseverance.

Our Father three times. Glory be to the Father.

We pray thee, Lord, help Your people whom You redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in atonement for my sins, in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of Holy Church. Amen.