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Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ “You know that you were redeemed from the

vain manner of life handed down from your fathers, not wish perishable things as silver or gold but with the Precious Blood of Christ as the Lamb without blemish and without spot.”

Apostle of the Devotion to The Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

Saint Gaspar del Bufalo [b. in Rome, Italy on Friday, January 6, 1786 d. in Rome, Italy on Thursday, December 28, 1837] Saint Gaspar del Bufalo, the Apostle of the Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on Sunday, July 31, 1808. As a Priest, he revived the works of the apostolate in Rome, later becoming a missionary. During his missionary travels of Italy he invited the faithful to reflect upon and to adore the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Saint Gaspar brought devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Christ out of the Sanctuary of the church and into the streets. His preaching was rooted in the saving act of Christ on the cross which is why he carried a crucifix close to his heart. This explains why the mission cross became the symbol of the newly formed community.

II. Later. at Rome on Monday. Pope Pius IX. the Southernmost town of the Papal States. Gaspar del Bufalo was Beatified by Pope Saint Pius X in 1904 and canonized by Pope Pius XII on Saturday. many dioceses have been assigned not one. a few days later sent Joseph Stella. l849. Pope Pius IX and The Feast of The Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ Historically. the Office being in both cases the same. 1815. On Friday. February 4. 1849. on Tuesday. Rome: 1898. 1805 . Friday. Although Pope Pius IX seriously considered this suggestion. 1846 Thursday. in the geographical province of Frosinone. August 20. it was assigned to the Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent.At Giano. August 10.d. his Domestic Prelate. 1950. on Monday. to Father Merlini with the message: "The Pope does not deem it expedient to bind himself by a vow. in the 10th Century Abbey of San Felice. February 7. Mastai Ferretti [Tuesday. August 10. 1849. Decreta Authentica S. In 1834. went into exile at Gaeta with the saintly Priest. His body is enshrined for the veneration of the faithful in the Church of Santa Maria in Trivio. June 16. This was Saturday. Pope Pius XII pronounded her "Blessed" on October 1. Italy.D. Italy. Upon arrival in Gaeta. 1866] founded the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ. these Offices were adopted also by the fourth Provincial Council of Baltimore. 1954. Blessed Maria De Mattias [b. No. June 30. the day the French conquered Rome and the Republicans capitulated. August 15. June 12. Saint Gaspar del Bufalo founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.RC.D. (DecreeRedempti Sumus. Instead. Pope Pius IX decreed that thenceforth every first Sunday of July should be dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ with the rank of a Double of the First Class. Maryland in 1840 A. Giovanni M. June 30 was a Saturday before the First Sunday of July. In many dioceses of the United States.) . His Holiness is pleased to extend the Feast Day immediately to all Christendom". Why? The Divine Office was at first granted only to the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood. but two days to which the Office of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ has been assigned. the third Superior General of the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood. Don Giovanni Merlini. 1878]. as one of the Offices of the Fridays of Lent. at Vallecorsa. 2978.. Father Merlini suggested that His Holiness make a vow to extend the Feast Day of the Most Precious Blood to the entire Roman Catholic Church. In 1849 A. with his encouragement.

To look at Jesus as he pours out his Blood is an act of religion which helps us do great work for our own eternal salvation as well as that of our neighbors. that will purify our hearts and will inebriate us with love for Jesus who dilexit nos.12) In times of temptation. 23 February 1827. Giovanni Francesco Palmucci. You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. 29.Letter 1479) Oh Lord! when I begin speaking about the divine Blood. 1825) Here we are at the feast of the divine Blood . and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement. Letter 1341) Let us be filled with confidence in the merits of the Divine Blood. (from St. becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God. Quotation 9. (to Mr. et lavit nos in Sanguine suo. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word. What a great feast of love for Jesus is this feast of ours! Yes. and may it be our mystical armament of defense against Lucifer: “They conquered the dragon by the Blood of the Lamb. let us love Jesus incessantly. I feel my soul experiencing a special emotion. and do not fail to turn frequently to the most holy Mary Immaculate under whose protection it is most helpful to remain.” May Jesus be our love. June 30. Oh what a treasure this salutary devotion is. I would like to have a thousand tongues to draw every heart tenderly to it. being vivified by the breath of the Divinity. Gaspar's Letter No. Giovanni Chiodi. flower of creation. Albert the Great . let us often meditate on those words: “making peace through the Blood of the Cross both i n the heavens and on the earth. (to Sister Maria Giuseppa Pitorri Letter 3785. July. Gaspar's Letter 1183 to Fr.QUOTES OF POPES AND SAINTS ON THE DIVINE BLOOD Become attached in fervor to the devotion to the divine Blood which softens every heart. Letter 1576) "I adore You. so that we can love him eternally in paradise. 1825) It is. Domenico Silvestri. the divine Blood that will placate the divine eternal Father. and. invoke the Divine Blood." --St. July 3.”(to Fr. praying in a special way for the success of the missions and for the apostolic work that is being promoted throughout the Catholic world. 24 February 1826. Gaspar's Letter 1188 to Luigia del Bufalo. and I wish that my own soul would be totally penetrated with it.. (to Fr. (from St. 3 August 1826. 1825) I repeat: let us propagate widely this very important devotion.. fruit of virginity. O Precious Blood of Jesus. irrevocably. Giovanni Innamorati. This is the most tender attestation of God's love. ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit. 1214 to Pope Leo XII.(from St. therefore.

" Our Lord told Sister Mary of St. do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. which I never found to fail. particularly during Holy Mass." We can make this offering many times a day. Devotion to the Precious Blood is the devotion of our time. Gertrude's writings are replete with most beautiful sentiments concerning the Precious Blood. This advice is given us by many devout servants of God. for the conversion of sinners. To St. Once while the Saint was celebrating Mass. St. In His mysterious Providence God has put the salvation of others in our hands: we must ask for it. John Vianney In order to obtain special graces through the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. "Upon receiving Holy Communion. among them the king and queen. pouring the Precious Blood over all present and over the whole Church. That which we offer to God in Holy Mass is of infinitely greater value than the gifts for which we ask. in particular by St. saw the Mother of God. spilled out on the ground in vain. especially [Name].It is devotion for all souls.. so great is the value of the Precious Blood. for the conversion of sinners.St. with hands extended and Blood streaming from His Wounds: . and the greater their number. and ask fervently and often. for the whole world. We may enumerate them to her with full confidence. because the voice and Blood of Christ cry out for pity and mercy. he saw the Blessed Virgin sprinkling his devout hearers with the Blood of her Divine Son. let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to offer It in our stead.Pope John XXIII stated. Peter: "Ask My Father for as many souls as I shed drops of Blood during My Passion. In the life of St. three hundred persons. as it were. Dominic we read that on one occasion when he was preaching about the veneration of Mary.". "My children. Let us. for the souls in Purgatory and for our various needs. the Adorable Blood of Jesus Christ really flows in our veins and His Flesh is really blended with ours. God remains our debtor. He furthermore adds." By asking for the Precious Blood to be poured out on souls we prevent Its being. John Vianney[the Cure of Ars] who says that this is the best method of prayer. at the elevation of the chalice. it was obtained in this manner. "The world can still set itself right and always will be able to. mark this well: whenever I obtained some grace. Mechtilde Our Lord once revealed Himself on the altar. as it were. beseech Mary to offer to the Eternal Father the Blood of her Son in the chalice. We can use these words: Marian Offering of the Precious Blood IMMACULATE Heart of Mary. for the holy Catholic Church.. the better will she be pleased...

" He said. Then. . While imploring God's mercy. which can be equaled by no other!" God revealed to this sainted Carmelite nun the practice of making this offering when He complained to her that so little effort is made in this world to disarm His Divine justice against sinners. they were intent at the same time to offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood. and they made intercession for these guilty souls. before the throne of God. "is pleasing to God." God revealed the practice of making this offering to this Saintly Carmelite nun when He complained to her that so little effort is made in this world to disarm His Divine justice against sinners." St. interceding for sinners. but their petitions remained unanswered. she daily offered the Precious Blood fifty times for the living and the dead. their petition was granted. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi. he offers a gift of infinite worth."I show these bleeding Wounds to My Father. he offers a gift of infinite worth. once exclaimed: "Every time a creature offers up the Blood by which he was redeemed." says Longius. "to appease His wrath." Another time when St. she daily offered the Precious Blood fifty times for the living and the dead. He pardons when He sees the Blood. but their prayers were not heard either. she saw all the holy patrons of the city of Florence. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi exclaimed on one occasion when in ecstasy: "Every time a creature offers up this Blood by which he was redeemed. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi was in ecstasy. "This devotion. because He is thereby honored by the best and the most sublime gifts. She did this with so much fervor that God showed her on different occasions the numerous souls who had thereby been converted or delivered from Purgatory. accompanied by innumerable other Saints. Acting upon this admonition. the Guardian Angels of these poor sinners approached. Acting upon this admonition. Next came the multitudes of the Blessed. and on account of the merits of this Precious Blood. which can be equaled by no other. She did this with so much fervor that God showed her on different occasions the numerous souls whose conversion she had brought about in this manner and all the Poor Souls she had delivered from Purgatory. St. when in ecstasy.

Precious Blood of Jesus Prayers for Priests Eternal Father. in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of Holy Church [especially for the soul of (Name)]. I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. in satisfaction for my sins. + The Precious Blood of Jesus would be a powerful offering for priests.Precious Blood Offering ETERNAL Father. In the words of Blessed Pope John XXIII. I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus for the sanctification of priests. .

. O. Atone for us! + Precious Blood... If only men would be more responsive to the promptings of His grace. so spotless a victim. no lamb was ever so pure."Unlimited is the effectiveness of the God-Man's Blood--just as unlimited as the love that impelled Him to pour it out for us. Life in society would be so much more peaceable. "You know well enough that your ransom was not paid in earthly currency. so much worthier of God and the human nature created in His image and likeness." Prayer for Priests and Those Destined for the Priesthood. Catherine of Siena.P.God wants all men to be saved. + . it was paid in the Precious Blood of Christ. could be adapted to include specific mention of priests. Most Pure Offering. silver or gold. Procure us every grace! + Precious Blood. Delight of the Holy Souls.. He calls them all to be members of the one Mystical Body whose head is Christ. how much the bonds of brotherly love among individuals and peoples and nations would be strengthened. Draw us! Amen. for He has willed that they should all be ransomed by the Blood of His only-begotten Son. Ocean of Divine Mercy. This beautiful prayer of St. Flow upon us! + Precious Blood. + Precious Blood. Hope and Refuge of sinners.

this cry has not ceased as human blood continues to flow because of violence. and thus rediscover hope. can say: 'God has not abandoned me. Unfortunately. He gave His life for me'. with His infinite love. Amen. Christ did not respond to evil with evil. today as yesterday. and our Mother.Pope Benedict recently said. even in conditions of abject moral poverty. Eternal High Priest. The Blood of Christ is the pledge of God's faithful love for humankind." + Mary. to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. "It is written in Genesis that the blood of Abel killed by his brother Cain calls to God from the earth. Mother of all priests. but with good. help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request. When will men learn that life is sacred and belongs only to God? When will they understand that we are all brothers? To the cry for spilt blood which rises from so many parts of the earth. injustice and hatred. through the voice of his Church. By gazing at the wounds of the crucified Christ each man. Mother of Jesus Christ. God responds with the Blood of His Son Who gave His life for us. He loves me. .

va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/2001/september/documents/hf _jp-ii_spe_20010914_missionaries-precious-blood_en.html) To the Members of the Seventeenth General Assembly of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood With affection in the Lord. This is a moment in which the Holy Spirit is summoning the whole Church to a new evangelization. 29). I welcome the General Assembly of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood on this feast of the Triumph of the Cross. The dawn of the new millennium is a time for bold planning (cf. 30). I bow down in adoration of that infinitely precious stream flowing from the wounded side of Christ. 3. How fitting it is that we meet on the day when the whole Church sings the glory of the Cross of Christ and rejoices in the power of the blood that flowed from "its source in the secret recesses of his heart to give the sacraments of the Church power to confer the life of grace" (Saint Bonaventure. and it is good therefore that you have chosen as your theme "The Future Face of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood".vatican.ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II TO THE MEMBERS OF THE 17th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE MISSIONARIES OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD Friday 14 September 2001 (Source: http://www. and I pray that the General Assembly will seek to ensure that the power of his blood will flow still more abundantly through your Congregation for the sake of the world‟s Redemption. and the Successor of Peter looks confidently to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood to play an imaginative . With you. Novo Millennio Ineunte. Opusc.

The command to Peter seemed to make no sense: he had toiled all night and caught nothing. is a face of sorrow. as you work to rebuild societies torn by civil strife. he was asked by my Predecessor Pope Pius VII to go where no one else would go and to undertake missions which seemed unpromising. another Pope summons the sons of Saint Gaspar to be no less bold in their decisions and actions – to go where others cannot or will not go and to undertake missions which seem to hold little hope of success. When Saint Gaspar del Bufalo founded your Congregation in 1815. in which "the believer learns to recognize and appreciate the almost divine dignity of every human being and can exclaim with ever renewed and grateful wonder: „How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator if he gained so great a Redeemer!‟" (Evangelium Vitae. even if as a result some criticized him for being too novel. The Lord asks us to abandon our own assumptions and to trust instead in his command. whose wounds shine for ever like the sun. your Founder did not hesitate to obey. present and future. dear Brothers. for instance. Your Congregation from the beginning understood the import of the Lord‟s words: Duc in altum! (Lk 5:4). 26-27). Two centuries later. even in the midst of such affliction. I urge you to pursue a mission of reconciliation. certainly. Jesus did not cease to know the joy which came from union with his Father (cf. I ask you to continue your efforts to build a civilization of life. asked to send missionaries to evangelize the bandits who so troubled the area between Rome and Naples at that time. seeking the protection of all human life. so that they may come to know that "it is [the blood of Christ] that is the most powerful source of hope. But this will only be so if your mission springs from the depths of contemplation. for "in order to bring man back to the Father‟s face. but he had to burden himself with the „face‟ of sin" (Novo Millennio Ineunte. Contemplation of the face of Christ was the prime legacy of the Great Jubilee (cf. he made an astonishing catch. Jesus not only had to take on the face of man. even bringing together victims and perpetrators of violence in a spirit of forgiveness. 25). Novo Millennio Ineunte. and promoting the dignity of every human person. 25). And at the moment of Easter this joy came to its fullness as the light of divine glory shone on the face of the Risen Lord. Casting his nets into deep and dangerous waters. He was. ibid. Trusting that the Pope‟s request was Christ‟s command. and to do things which seem to make little sense according to conventional logic. 15) and it remains for ever the womb of . This is the truth of who you are. this ought to be your witness in the world.and energetic part in the Church‟s fresh efforts to "make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19) as Christ commands. especially of the weak and of those deprived of their rightful share of the earth‟s abundance. Yet most mysteriously. this is the face of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood past. "The future face of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood" must be the face of the Crucified Lord who poured out his blood for the life of the world. His. 25).. from the life of the unborn to the life of the aged and infirm. for he knows that otherwise we will toil in vain. So too now the Church is asked by Christ to go to places and to people where there seems to be little hope of success. indeed it is the foundation of the absolute certitude that in God‟s plan life will be victorious" (Evangelium Vitae.

which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us. I offer You the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in atonement for my sins." . so we ask that the Blood of Jesus cover all who are in need of protection (all civil. and ourselves). We mark the borders of our nation and the doorposts of our churches. Scripture says that evil is defeated by the Blood of the Lamb. Josefa Menendez Prayer of St." A Powerful Prayer to be Said Before Praying:"Almighty Father. moved by an impulse of love. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Offering of the Precious Blood:"Eternal Father. Therefore a new evangelization demands a new depth of prayer. I desire to consecrate my life to the saving of souls and the extension of Your glory. I wish to cover my humble labors with Your merits and bathe them in the supernatural gold of Your Precious Blood. schools and places of employment with the Precious Blood of Jesus. I trust in You. all those for whom we have promised to pray. Entrusting you to the loving care of Mary and to the intercession of your Founder. Take it under Thy protection. we cover our vehicles that no one may ever be injured through them. that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to Your divine altar. and in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of Holy Church. enemies. O Lord. the moon beneath her feet. I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing to the entire Congregation as a pledge of endless mercy in him "who has freed us from our sins by his blood" ( Rev 1:5). our families. Faustina: "O Blood and Water. When entering or leaving your house: "Precious Blood of Jesus. and with purity of intention. religious and lay leaders.St. Also.Christian mission. may we all be cleansed by the saving Blood of Jesus. homes. that I seek" (Ps 26:8). Lord. and I beg the Heavenly Father for as many souls as You shed drops of Blood during Your Passion. I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips before I pray. For he saw in the glory of the Virgin the wondrous fruit of the sacrifice of her Son on the Cross. may our consciences be purged of dead works. and I urge you to make this a prime focus of all your deliberations during the General Assembly. It was not by accident that Saint Gaspar del Bufalo established your Congregation on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady. and that splendour must be the goal of every plan and project of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. so that in these days of grace you will not cease to say: "It is your face. friends. shed on the Cross for us. for shedding Your Blood for us. Thank You." . May the Water and Blood that came from the side of Jesus create a protecting .Sr. and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rev 12:1). That is why you must look always to the Woman "clothed with the sun. bless this house." . Christ‟s Redemption marvellously restores humanity to the splendour which was the Creator‟s intention from the beginning." Pleading the Blood of Jesus: "Father in heaven.The Raccolta Precious Blood Prayer in Response to Requests from Our Lord:"Dear Jesus.

victor over demons. Blood of Christ. without which there is no forgiveness. courage of Martyrs. Blood of Christ. consolation of the dying. Holy Trinity. Redeemer of the world. Lamb of God. have mercy. Blood of Christ. graciously hear us. Incarnate Word of God. . Christ. Blood of Christ. flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns. God. Blood of Christ. Blood of Christ. hear us. save us. only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father. save us. One God. freeing souls from purgatory. Blood of Christ. Blood of Christ. save us. solace in sorrow. Blood of Christ. Blood of Christ. Blood of Christ. Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls. have mercy on us. Blood of Christ. Blood of Christ. have mercy on us. save us. Blood of Christ. save us. spare us. Blood of Christ. bringing forth Virgins. Blood of Christ. pledge of eternal life. who take away the sins of the world. who take away the sins of the world. Blood of Christ. poured out on the Cross. Lord. save us. Come. Lamb of God. save us. and fill us with Your Holy Spirit. graciously hear us. have mercy on us. save us. Blood of Christ. O Lord!. Lord.fountain of grace. have mercy on us. one which flows directly from the throne of God to us. Blood of Christ. Blood of Christ. Blood of Christ. save us. have mercy on us. God. save us. save us. save us. . save us. save us. save us. Blood of Christ. falling upon the earth in the Agony. have mercy. save us." Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Lord. Blood of Christ. have mercy. shed profusely in the Scourging. save us. Christ. help of those in peril. save us. save us. the Holy Spirit. of the New and Eternal Testament. who take away the sins of the world. O Lord!. strength of Confessors. Christ. relief of the burdened. Blood of Christ. save us. save us. stream of mercy. Lamb of God. save us. peace and tenderness of hearts. the Father of Heaven. hope of the penitent. most worthy of all glory and honor. God the Son. price of our salvation. save us. save us.

V. my God. and willed to be appeased by his Blood. that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation. sing unto God with a voice of jubilation. glorious and mighty. That you might redeem us from our sins in Christ’s own blood. and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life. a kingdom. God. And made us. You have redeemed us. so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. May Christ be blessed forever who has wrought such wonders in us. all you peoples. Blessed be Jesus for all ages. Grant we beg of you. all you saints. That we who were separated might be reconciled through the blood of Christ. and I will call upon the power of Christ’s blood. what can I render to you for all the good you have bestowed upon me? I will take the chalice of salvation. the Son of God. That justified in the blood of Jesus you might turn your anger from us. Through the same Christ our Lord. let us adore Christ. in your Blood. Amen. R. You have not spared your only Sonbut delivered him up in our behalf. O God. Canticle of the Blood By Saint Maria de Mattias Come. O Lord. Let us pray. . who has redeemed us with his blood.have shown us mercy. Clap your hands. for our God. Almighty and eternal God. and make known the memory of his holiness. you have appointed your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world. For you. For Christ indeed has loved us and washed us in his blood and has become our helper and redeemer. Sing to Jesus. and may the heavens and the earth be filled with the praises of his love.

Come. the Son of God. "Eternal Father. who has redeemed us with his blood. in union with the masses said throughout the world today. let us adore Christ." .000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said. --------------Our Lord told St. for sinners in the universal Church. for sinners everywhere. for all the holy sould in purgatory. The prayer was later extended to include living sinners as well. Amen. I offer Thee the most precious blood of Thy divine son. Amen. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1. those in my own home and within my family. Jesus.