Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

I said I wanted to write more on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul as in the previous blogpost, sadly, the time didn't permit, but O, today is another beautiful feast :), its the Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. How much more beautiful and important this feast is, in a sense, because with the blood of Saints Peter and Paul, new and eternal Rome was founded, what more Jesus's blood, shed so bountifully for mankind in the Circumcision, the Agony, the Scourging, the Crowning with thorns, and supremely in the Crucifixion of our Saviour. It is offered daily in the Sacrifice of the Altar. Dearest Jesus's blood founded the new Church, the Catholic Church, one that He founded with His blood, which is still present in all the tabernacles of the world, now, at this very moment. What supreme love of God for his subjects? Deus sincerely is Caritas est. :) My Jesus, I do love Thee. I love Thee! I love Thee! I love Thee! :)

For as St. Paul says, in his epistle to the Ephesians, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man, 17 That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity, 18 You may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth: 19 To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us;

21 To him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus unto all generations, world without end. Amen.

And today, in this blogpost, I shall let the prayers of today speak for themselves. They are sincerely very very very beautiful. :)

GRADUAL 1 John 5:6,7-8,9

This is He that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. There are three who give testimony in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three are one.

OFFERTORY 1 Cor. 10:16
The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the Blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the Body of the Lord?
Calix benedictionis, cui benedicimus, nonne communicatio Sanguinis Christi est? et panis, quem frangimus, nonne participatio Corporis Domini est?

From the hymn at First Vespers:

1. In solemn chant and song, as is most meet and right, Ye citizens of Sion, young and old, unite, And forth with measured step and gleaming tapers' ray, In glad procession wend your way.

2. All mindful of that Blood which Christ, our dying Lord, Upon the cruel tree from many a wound outpoured, We bow our knees in worship at the memory dear, And hold not back the fitting tear.

3. By the first Adam's guilty deed, avenging death, Had passed to all on earth who draw this fleeting breath: The second Adam's innocence then cleansed us from all stain, And with His Life all live again.

4. For when the mighty plea of Christ, God's dying Son, At the great Father's throne on high acceptance won, His precious Blood, prevailed to pay the debt of sin, And pardon from the Judge to win.

5. Who so shall wash his robes, all dark with guilty stain, In that dear cleansing Blood, shall find them white again; And decked with roseate glory he at length shall stand, With Angels, at the King's right hand.

6. Then from the narrow way let not the inconstant soul Turn back, but ever onward press to its desired goal, And God, Whose grace doth aid to run the race below, Shall soon the glorious prize bestow.

7. Almighty Father, now in mercy bend Thine ear, Through Him Whose precious Blood hath bought our ransom dear; By Thy sweet Spirit's working, grant Thy love and grace, That we in heaven may see Thy face. Amen.

V. Redemisti nos, Domine, in sanguine tuo. (Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.)

R. Et fecisti nos Deo nostro regnum. (And hast made of us a kingdom unto our God)

Sanguis Christi, in coronatione spinarum emanans,

Salva nos.

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)



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