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EACH YEAR, AS we turn the corner from the month of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus into July, the height of summer in the northern hemisphere, we fittingly start off with the feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus that bathes the rest of the month in its vermilion glow. Like so many feasts in the calendar, this one owes its origin to an act of thanksgiving for a military victory: its inscription in the general calendar was Pius IX’s act of thanksgiving for the expulsion of a revolutionary army from Rome in 1849.

Devotion to the Most Precious Blood, of course, is much older than the nineteenth century: we have Patristic homilies devoted to the Blood of the Lamb and extensive writings and mystical testimonies from the Middle Ages. The New Testament itself, especially in the Epistle to the Hebrews, specifically focuses on the Blood as the price of our salvation, the singular means of our redemption and cleansing, foreshadowed in the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament. …

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