Most Precious Blood of Our Lord July 1

The whole month of July is devoted to the Most Precious Blood, but this first day of the month reminds us every year that at this date, in 1849, the Revolution which had driven the Pope from Rome was happily ended. To perpetuate the memory of this triumph and to show that it was due to the Savior’s merits, Pius IX, at the time a refugee at Gaeta, instituted the Feast of the Precious Blood. The liturgy of today reminds us of all the circumstances in which our Lord’s Precious Blood was shed.

Brethren, Christ being come, a high priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, neither by the blood of goats or of lambs, but by His own Blood, entered once into the holy of holies, having obtained eternal redemption. — Vespers

The Imitation of Christ
He that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood abideth in Me and I in him.
Ideal
In June, all our devotions were centered on the Sacred Heart. It is the Sacred Heart that makes this adorable blood circulate through the Body of our Lord.
Today
Dearest Jesus, suffer not my tongue which has been and is so often purpled with Thy Precious Blood, to speak well of myself or ill of others, so that no uncharitable word may be recorded in the “Book of Life” on the Day of Judgment. Accept all the victories I gain over my tongue as a preparation for my next Holy Communion.
Slogan
Save me by Thy Precious Blood.