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