Holy Blood

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          Since the July dawn rose, I have joined others in saying the Litany of the Precious Blood of Christ since this is the month of the devotion to the Saviour’s Holy Blood shed for mankind. Recitation of this Litany is my response to a deepening unease within over recent bloodshed in Baghdad, Iraq and Dhaka, Bangladesh. In a way I cannot explain, I feel as if it’s the Exodus, played out again. This is my first year saying the Litany for myself and for others attached to my heart. It’s been only a couple of days, but there have already been four little miracles.

          So, is it a miracle prayer?

          It is for me.

          But so is every other prayer, when said in earnestness, humility and charity. The prayer that tugs strangely and strongly at us all the time or at a given time, the prayer we cannot escape from, the one that is pressed upon our spirits – whatever that prayer may be – it is the Prayer of our Mission, and it must be prayed when we feel the press of spirit.

          I might be called to other prayers this month, but for now, the Litany of the Precious Blood it is.

LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, Save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, Save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, Save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, Save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, Save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Price of our salvation, Save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, Save us.
Blood of Christ, river of mercy, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Victor over demons, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Courage of martyrs, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Strength of confessors, Save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Help of those in peril, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Relief of the burdened, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Solace in sorrow, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Hope of the penitent, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Consolation of the dying, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Peace and Tenderness of hearts, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Pledge of Eternal Life, Save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from Purgatory, Save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, Save us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

You have redeemed us, O Lord, in Your Blood,

And made of us a kingdom for our God.

Let Us Pray:
Almighty and Eternal God, You have appointed Your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant, we beseech You, that we may worthily adore this Price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of this present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/03/asia/bangladesh-terror-attack-moments/

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