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JULY IS THE MONTH OF DEVOTION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS.

Chaplet of the Precious Blood
with meditations by
Father Gerald Fitzgerald, S.P.
(as prayed with the Handmaids of the Precious Blood on June 6th, 1947 shortly after their foundation.)
Opening Prayer: The Precious Blood is a treasure of the Sacred Heart. It is a deep mystery concerning the redemption of man. It was the Will of God that the shedding of the Blood of Christ should flow to save mankind. Oh Lord, wrap us in the Mantle of Your Precious Blood; do not only remove our sin, but keep us free from sin, and Yours forever.
First Blood Shedding: The Circumcision

Our Blessed Mother was the first to witness the Blood shedding. The first sign of redemption was with blood. The first mystery was in the Circumcision, signing, as it were, in His Own Infant Blood, the initial act to save mankind. Let us consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart for the salvation of the world, and recite these five Our Fathers for the pain that came through a Little Child. Resolve to be always generous in love, always all things for God! Oh, Eternal Father, we offer You the Blood of Jesus Christ in His Infancy for the salvation of mankind and especially for the souls of priests.
5 Our Fathers 1 Glory Be
We therefore pray You, help Your servants whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.
Second Blood Shedding: Gethsemane
Just as Jesus began His life on earth by shedding His Precious Blood in the Circumcision, so He began the Passion by shedding His Blood, two-fold, as it were, at the Last Supper and in the Agony in the Garden: At the Last Supper He changed the wine into His Blood. Then, in the quietude of Gethsemane, as in a pool of prayer, that pool was disturbed by torrential rain. There were the tears of the world; tears of converted souls who felt the terrible weight, the stones of ingratitude. This pool held the prostrated figure of Christ. He suffered the weight and the stones of ingratitude and it crushed Him down. As He was crushed there, as the crushed grapes, He was crushed to strengthen, delight, and refresh humanity, and from Him the wine of Redemption flowed.

5 Our Fathers 1 Glory Be
We therefore pray You, help Your servants whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.
Third Blood Shedding: Scourging at the Pillar
The scourging, with torn flesh, deep wounds and cuts, with the Precious Blood flowing, is the beginning of the River of Salvation. It is the Dew, as from the mountain brook, for the end of time. So until the end of time the Dew of this River of Salvation will mantle the Mystical Body with the Precious Blood. The Mystical Body will be garmented in red only as a symbol of that Blood shedding of Christ. The Shedding is a reality that spoke of the symbolism.
5 Our Fathers 1 Glory Be
We therefore pray You, help Your servants whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.
Fourth Blood Shedding: Crowning with Thorns Our Blessed Lord willed to suffer in every part of His Humanity because every part of our humanity would offend God. Jesus desired to reach inwardly to the mind and intellect. His desire was expressed by cruel thorns. The Sacred Brow, the Sacred Forehead, suffered to express the mental anguish of our Lord. The return of love He has received from souls especially consecrated to Him is nothing but coldness and indifference. Oh, beloved Jesus, if we be thorns, please dear Heart, by the power of Your Love, by the generosity of Your Sacred Heart, soften those thorns. Let them blossom into roses. Change the thorn we are into a rose that will express only the fragrance of Your Sweet love.
5 Our Fathers 1 Glory Be
We therefore pray You, help Your servants whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.
Fifth Blood Shedding: The Way to Calvary
O Lord Jesus, we offer the Blood of Jesus that was shed on the Way to Calvary. It was a mystical way, as Christ left His Footsteps outlined in red. Are we not to be followers of CHrist, to follow in His Footsteps lined with His Precious Blood? The Handmaids must follow as Mary followed on the way to Calvary. To follow lovingly after Christ, to warm, refresh and bring back to Our Savior, the souls of sinners.
5 Our Fathers 1 Glory Be
We therefore pray You, help Your servants whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.
Sixth Blood Shedding: The Crucifixion
Eternal Father, we offer the shedding of the Precious Blood in this sixth mystery for the conversion of sinners. Jesus was nailed to the Cross. No one can know how much pain was caused by the nailing. Oh Jesus, we cannot undo the past or take back the blows we have dealth by indifference and ingratitude, but as an eraser can undo mistakes, so out of Your Heart take the Precious Blood to eradicate the sad, imperfect record of our past. You can make all things new by Your Blood. We will aspire to personal sanctity. All is folly except to love You above all earthly creation and affection. Our hearts will go out to Your Sacred Heart. By the Precious Blood give us the grace to ever love You more and more.
5 Our Fathers 1 Glory Be
We therefore pray You, help Your servants whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.
Seventh Blood Shedding: The Piercing
Eternal Father, we offer this seventh mystery for priestly souls. Longinus’ spear struck a haven of Mercy as it pierced the side of Christ. Mystics have seen the holy women gathering up the Precious Blood during the Passion so It would not be lost. The Blessed Mother consoled her Divine Son at the end of His life. As the first Handmaid, she closed the red-lipped wounds by bathing and bandages. It is a privilege to assist Mary, to follow her. Oh Jesus, let us help to keep the chalice of priestly souls worthy of Your Divine Love. May her Immaculate Heart fashion the hearts of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, even as she mothered the Heart of Jesus, for the glory of God in the Precious Blood.
5 Our Fathers 1 Glory Be
We therefore pray You, help Your servants whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood.

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REMEMBER TO PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY:

THE ROSARY IS A POWERFUL WEAPON AGAINST THE EVIL ONE AND AS A GARDEN OF INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS SITTING WITH OUR LADY AND MEDITATING ON THE MYSTERIES OF OUR LORD’S LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION.

St. Therese at 8 years old with her Rosary

JOYFUL MYSTERIES- THE ANNUNCIATION   THE VISITATION TO ST. ELIZABETH   THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD   THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLE   THE FINDING OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE

SORROWFUL MYSTERIES- OUR LORD’S AGONY IN THE GARDEN   THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR   THE CROWNING WITH THORNS   THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS   THE CRUCIFIXION

GLORIOUS MYSTERIES- OUR LORD’S RESURRECTION   THE ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN   THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT   THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY INTO HEAVEN  THE CORONATION OF OUR LADY AS QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II ADDED THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES FOR MEDITATION ON THE MINISTRY OF OUR LORD:

LUMINOUS MYSTERIES- OUR LORD’S BAPTISM BY JOHN IN THE JORDAN RIVER   THE MIRACLE AT THE WEDDING FEAST OF CANA   THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL   THE TRANSFIGURATION ON MT. TABOR   THE INSTITUTION OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST

 HOW TO PRAY: Begin with the Apostles’ Creed:

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

then pray the Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s and 1 Gloria. Then pray an Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Gloria for each meditation. Think of the subject while praying and let the meaning of the subject of the decade inspire and teach you. After the 5 decades are said, pray the Hail, Holy Queen, the Ending Prayer, and Prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father, usually an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Gloria. (The Fatima Prayers may be added at the end of each decade, after the Gloria).

OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN.

HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH THEE. BLESSED ART THOU AMONG WOMEN AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF THEY WOMB, JESUS. HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US SINNERS, NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH. AMEN.

GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, TO THE SON AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN.

FATIMA PRAYERS: “O MY JESUS, FORGIVE US OUR SINS, SAVE US FROM THE FIRES OF HELL; LEAD ALL SOULS TO HEAVEN, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN MOST NEED OF THY MERCY.”

“COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME BY MEANS OF THE POWERFUL INTERCESSION OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, YOUR WELL-BELOVED SPOUSE.”

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, MOTHER OF MERCY, OUR LIFE, OUR SWEETNESS AND OUR HOPE, TO THEE DO WE CRY, POOR BANISHED  CHILDREN OF EVE, TO THEE DO WE SEND UP OUR SIGHS, MOURNING AND WEEPING IN THIS VALLEY OF TEARS; TURN THEN, MOST GRACIOUS ADVOCATE THINE EYES OF MERCY TOWARDS US AND AFTER THIS OUR EXILE, SHOW UNTO US THE BLESSED FRUIT OF THY WOMB, JESUS. O CLEMENT, O LOVING, O SWEET VIRGIN MARY, PRAY FOR US, O HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, THAT WE MAY BE MADE WORTHY OF THE PROMISES OF CHRIST.

LET US PRAY: O GOD WHOSE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON BY HIS LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION HAS PURCHASED FOR US THE REWARDS OF ETERNAL LIFE, GRANT THAT BY MEDITATING ON THESE MYSTERIES OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, WE MAY IMITATE WHAT THEY CONTAIN AND OBTAIN WHAT THEY PROMISE THROUGH THE SAME CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION: Pray the Chaplet every day during the 3:00 PM Hour, the hour our Savior died on the cross for you and for me and opened the floodgates of Divine Mercy from Heaven. Prayers may be said on rosary beads:

BEGIN- OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, APOSTLES’ CREED

LARGE BEADS- “ETERNAL FATHER, I OFFER THEE THE BODY AND BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF THY DEARLY BELOVED SON, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, IN ATONEMENT FOR OUR SINS AND THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD.”

ON EACH SET OF 10 SMALLER BEADS FOR EACH OF THE 5 DECADES SAY- “FOR THE SAKE OF HIS SORROWFUL PASSION, HAVE MERCY ON US AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD.”

COMPLETE THE CHAPLET WITH: “HOLY GOD, HOLY MIGHTY ONE, HOLY IMMORTAL ONE, HAVE MERCY ON US AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD ( X3).”

THEN SAY (X3): “O BLOOD AND WATER WHICH GUSHED FORTH FROM THE HEART OF JESUS AS FOUNTAIN OF MERCY FOR US, I TRUST IN THEE.”

 “BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY…” Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 7

The Corporal Works of Mercy are kind acts by which we help our neighbor with their physical and material needs–

FEED THE HUNGRY, GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY, CLOTHE THE NAKED, SHELTER THE HOMELESS, VISIT THE SICK, VISIT THOSE IN PRISON, BURY THE DEAD.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion by which we assist our neighbor with their spiritual and emotional needs— COUNSEL THE DOUBTFUL, INSTRUCT THE IGNORANT, ADMONISH SINNERS, COMFORT THE AFFLICTED, FORGIVE OFFENSES, BEAR WRONGS PATIENTLY, PRAY FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.

PRAYER REQUESTS: PLEASE PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD! PRAY FOR THEIR HOPE AND COURAGE AND STEADFASTNESS UNDER THE TERRIBLE STRESS OF ONGOING SUFFERING AND PERSECUTION! MAY GOD GRANT THEM RELIEF AND GUIDANCE IN THESE DAYS AND MAY HE KEEP US FAITHFUL IN PRAYERS AND INTERCESSION FOR THEM IN THEIR TRIALS!

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM and for PEACE in the MIDDLE EAST. Pray for our enemies and ALL who persecute Christians around the world. God’s MERCY is for ALL!

PRAY FOR HOPE, FAITH, LOVE TO INCREASE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND PEACE ON EARTH TO MEN OF GOOD WILL!

HOME ALTARS

One of the ways STMS is trying to encourage families to keep up daily devotions is through setting up a HOME ALTAR to meet for daily prayers and devotions. Any time is a good time to get started. Set up a home altar and resolve to pray the Rosary daily and other devotions, including prayers for the sick and the suffering.

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JOIN US IN OUR MONTHLY DEVOTIONS

(ANY APPROVED NOVENA MAY BE USED FOR THESE DEVOTIONS)

1st-9th   NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPHOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

9th-17th  NOVENA TO ST. THERESE

DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

St. Therese Missionary Society

17th-25th NOVENA TO THE LITTLE INFANT OF PRAGUE

 

OH MOST BELOVED AND MOST MERCIFUL INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, SAVE US FROM MORAL DECLINE, DISASTERS, PLAGUES, AND WARS FOREVER.  PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, SAVE US! AMEN.

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