The Precious Blood. (5)
PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.
My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.
The Precious Blood. (5)
But, as the Precious Blood is necessary for the forgiveness of the smallest sin, so it is sufficient for the forgiveness of the greatest: “If your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow; and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool.” “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just; and He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” “The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” “This is He that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.” No human words can fall so strongly and so sweetly on our ears and our hearts, as these words of the Spirit of God. No words of men or Angels could ever teach us so much about the power of the Precious Blood. By It, the darkest and most terrible sins, heaped up through long years, are washed away, and the soul is made white and clean. We may have been grieving God for long years, sinning against warnings, sinning without resistance, sinning in the light; we may, through those dreary years, have been wasting the precious hours, wasting the still more precious grace, all the time trifling in daring hardihood with God: then we rise and go to our Father; we confess our sins, and mourn over them in the bitterness of our souls; and, almost before we know it, the Blood of Jesus has washed us, and the grace of Jesus has saved us, and the light of Jesus has filled our hearts, shining in them, as the sun shineth in his strength. One moment, the soul is the prisoner of Satan, bound hand and foot in the chains of its sin, in the grave-clothes of its death, dark and dead, because it is without God and without Christ: the next moment it comes within reach of the Blood of Jesus; its fetters fall off, and the light of day pierces its darkness; it is justified, quickened, gifted with new life, brought from the power of the devil and the darkness of the land of death, into “the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free,” the Home of our Heavenly Father, and “the Kingdom of the Son of His love.” This is the triumph of Divine grace; this is the great victory of redeeming Love; this is the splendour of the great miracle of the Precious Blood. What miracle worked before the eyes of men can be compared with this? And all these wonders, passing speech, passing thought, passing even the thought of the Angels, come from the virtue of the Blood of Jesus.
PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.
My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.
July Devotion: The Precious Blood of Jesus
Virtue to practice: Simplicity, Faith, Liberty of Spirit, Cheerfulness
Almighty, and everlasting God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and hast been pleased to be reconciled unto us by His Blood, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our salvation, that the power thereof may here on earth keep us from all things hurtful, and the fruit of the same may gladden us forever hereafter in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers to St. Philomena
Novena to St. Philomena (from July 1st through August 10th)
Illustrious Virgin and Martyr, St. Philomena, behold me kneeling in spirit before the throne on which it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I beseech thee to intercede for me with God. From the height of thy heavenly country, deign to cast a look upon thy humble servant. Spouse of Jesus Christ, console me in my troubles, strengthen me in temptations, protect me in the dangers which surround me on every side; obtain all the graces necessary for me, especially (here mention your particular intention), and, above all, assist me at my death. Amen.
For Victory over Temptations.
O God, who dost sustain us by the merits and example of the blessed Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, mercifully grant that, strengthened in faith and charity, we may never be separated from Thee by any temptation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Growth in Virtues.
O glorious Virgin! whose glory God has been pleased to make known by singular miracles, we address ourselves to thee with entire confidence. Obtain for us that, following thy example, we may fight courageously against whatever is opposed to the reign of Jesus Christ in our heart; that we may adorn our souls with virtues like thine, particularly with that angelic purity of which thou art the perfect model; and that inflamed with the love of Jesus, we may continually walk in the way which He has marked out, to the end that we may one day partake of thy everlasting happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns one God in perfect Trinity, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer for Purity.
O glorious Saint Philomena, who, animated by a burning love for Jesus our Savior, didst shine in Holy Church by the splendor of perfect virginity and the practice of the most heroic virtues, obtain for us of thy Divine Spouse the grace to keep ever unsullied the precious treasure of chastity and to practice with generosity the virtues of our state, that having, after thy example, walked in His footsteps during our life on earth, we may, with thee, rejoice in His glory eternally.
Saint Philomena, happy virgin, adorned with all the charm of innocence, and beautified, besides, with the purple of martyrdom, obtain for us the grace to know how to suffer all, and to sacrifice all in order to be faithful to God till death, and possess Him eternally in paradise. Amen.
For Detachment from Earthly Goods.
O Saint Philomena, faithful virgin and glorious martyr, who so courageously preferred to the visible goods of this world the invisible goods of a holy eternity, obtain for us a lively faith, an ardent charity, and a piety always increasing, in order that, faithfully serving our Lord Jesus Christ during our life, we may merit after our death the happiness of contemplating Him face to face in life eternal. Amen.
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