Precious Blood, Debt of Justice and Love – Jul 02 – Homily – Fr Alan
Fr Alan gives the homily on Jul 02 (votive Mass) on the mystery of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He discusses the liturgical and historical context of the feast (no longer observed in the universal calendar for the Ordinary Form of the Mass) and its spiritual relevance for our moral life.
Historical note: The current feast [on the Extraordinary Form calendar], with origins in the 16th century, was extended to the universal Church in 1849. Blessed Pope Pius IX had been forced to flee from Rome to Gaeta in 1848 due to violence in the city from nationalist forces, and on Saturday, June 30th, 1849, the day that Rome was liberated by French troops, he declared that the Feast of the Precious Blood should be celebrated by all of Christendom. In August of the same year, he placed the feast on the first Sunday of July, and this was later adjusted to be the 1st of July by Pope St. Pius X (https://fssp.com/happy-feast-of-the-most-precious-blood-of-jesus/).
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