Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mother Catherine Aurelia, Ora Pro Nobis!

Mother Catherine Aurelia, who established the order of the Adorers of the Precious Blood in Canada, died on this date in 1905. Since July is the month dedicated to Precious Blood that Jesus shed for us and since Mother Aurelia will be happy to pray with us for an increase in fervor and devotion to that Blood, I wanted to post this today:

The feast of the Precious Blood was introduced and appointed for the entire Church by Pope Pius IX in 1849. He assigned the first Sunday in July as its proper date. Its institution was to perpetuate the memory of the triumph of the French army in vanquishing the enemies of the Church who had driven the Pope from Rome, and to acknowledge that it was due to divine intervention that this had been possible. Pope Pius X changed the date of the feast to the first day of July.

"Blessed are they that wash their robes in the Blood of the Lamb." Apol. 21:14 The reasons for honoring the most precious Blood of our Lord are noteworthy. The dignity and sublimity of this sacred Blood, and Its participation in the divine and human calling and mission of Christ render It an object of adoration. The continual effectiveness and redemptive activity of this Blood, which is an essential part of the sacred humanity and, consequently, hypostatically united to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, also make it deserving of homage. Finally, Christ continually offers this Blood at Holy Mass; it is His Blood that cleanses the soul in Baptism and in Penance; and this Blood strenthens and sanctifies the soul in the other Sacraments.

What does the Precious Blood of Christ have to do with the Immaculate Conception? The idea of the preservation of Mary from all sin was vigorously debated by theologians during the Middle Ages, but was clarified more and more under the authority of the popes. Thus the dogma announced by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, had already been universally accepted as such in the seventeenth century. Mary is preserved free from sin, mankind is rescued; she is without spot or stain, we are cleansed; the Precious Blood protected her, for others the Precious Blood obtains pardon.

The blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for mankind's redemption; a symbol of the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His blood.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me!
Body of Christ, save me!
Blood of Christ, inebriate me!
Water from the side of Christ, wash me!
Passion of Christ, strengthen me!
O good Jesus, hear me; within Thy wounds, hide me;
permit me not to be separated from Thee;
from the malignant enemy, defend me;
in the hour of my death call me and bid me come to Thee,
that with Thy saints, I may praise Thee, forever and ever. Amen.

Hail, saving Victim, offered on the gibbet of the cross for me and for the whole human race. Hail, precious blood, flowing from the wounds of our crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world. Remember, O Lord, Thy creature that Thou hast redeemed by Thy precious blood.

Indulgence of 60 days, once a day, at the elevation during Mass. Leo XIII, June 30, 1893
O SACRAMENT most holy! O Sacrament divine! All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!
Indulgence of 100 days, once during each Mass, when said at the elevation of both species. Pius VII, Dec. 7, 1819
Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, shed, in order to obtain mercy for all men, behold us prostrate before Thee; flow upon us abundantly. Behold our heads, our hands, our wills, our understandings, our memories, our thoughts, our affections, our work, our senses, interior and exterior; wash all because all is soiled; purify all because all is corrupt; cure all because all is diseased. Change us by Thy adorable virtue that we may unite ourselves to Thee, O infinite Purity! Purify us, adorn us, save us, and crown us. Amen.
O Precious Blood of Jesus, wash and purify all sinners!
O Precious Blood of Jesus, may Thy powerful voice drive away from us and from our dwellings the scourges merited by our sins!
O Precious Blood of Jesus, through Thee, may the Glory of God be repaired!
O Eternal Father, I most ardently beg, through the Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, the cessation of the evils which afflict the Church, the destruction of heresies, and the rapid propagation of the faith in infidel countries. Amen

The Heart of the Precious Blood ". . . Wear this with confidence; it will continually say to you, 'Do not fear; the Blood of Jesus is protecting you.' Yes; in Holy Communion the Precious Blood penetrates your soul, gives you strength to overcome the difficulties on your way to Calvary, and assures you of victory."
Words of Mother Catherine-Aurelia - Foundress of the Institute of the Precious Blood.


  1. ThereseRita,
    A perfect post for this month! Thanks for the prayers - they are beautiful!

  2. ThereseRita,
    The prayers are beautiful. One minute I am reading your post and the next I am lost in the beauty of the prayers.

  3. Hi ThereseRita, thank you for the background information on the Feast of the Precious Blood! I was told by a friend, who heard it on Relevant Radio, that we should pray often "I claim the protection of the Blood of the Lamb." Have you heard of this one?