Readings on the Precious Blood (Hymns, Psalmody, Collects)
July 01, 2020
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.

 

A Month of Readings on the Precious Blood

 

The month of the precious Blood should be preached daily in our churches

and we should not be looking for needless excuses…. (Ven. Giovanni Merlini)

 

Introduction

I suspect that Merlini’s admonition to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood might have something to do with wondering where they would get enough material for a month’s worth of sermons. With this contribution, appearing many years after its long-unavailable predecessor, I hope to assist those committed to the spirituality of the Precious Blood to deepen their acquaintance with the richness of reflection on a topic dear to them from a variety of authors. I hope too that observance of the month traditionally dedicated to the mystery of Christ’s Blood might likewise be enhanced by this volume’s encouragement to do so prayerfully after the model of the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours. To that end it follows the familiar pattern of invitatory-hymn-psalmody-readings-responsory-collect.  The readings from Scripture follow a one-year cursus while those taken from other sources follow a three-year cycle according to the Sunday Lectionary patterns of  Years A, B and C. Among these latter writings, I have tried to include voices that are familiar as well as some that, hopefully, will be new to readers. The psalmody and, in particular, its antiphons are taken from a little-known 2014 recording of an office composed in honor of a reputed relic of the Precious Blood in Norway. The entire composition, sung by the Schola Sanctae Sunnivae, entitled In festo susceptionis sanguinis Domini is readily available from vendors such as Amazon and the entire text of the liturgy with English translation can be found at http://www.2l.no/e-book/2L114.pdf. Please note that, out of consideration for copyright holders, this document is for private use only.

 

INVITATORY (The following “Canticle of the Blood” may be used daily as an Invitatory)

Come,
let us adore Christ, the Son of God,
who has redeemed us with his blood.

Clap your hands, all you peoples,
sing unto God with a voice of jubilation.

For you, God, glorious and mighty,
have shown us mercy.

You have not spared your only Son,
but delivered him up in our behalf.

That you might redeem us
from our sins in Christ’s own blood;

That justified in the blood of Jesus
you might turn your anger from us;

That we who were separated
might be reconciled through the blood of Christ.

O God, my God, what can I render to you
for all the good you have bestowed upon me?

I will take the chalice of salvation,
and I will call upon the power of Christ’s blood.

Sing to Jesus, all you saints,
and make known the memory of his holiness.

For Christ indeed has loved us and washed us in his blood
and has become our helper and redeemer.

May Christ be blessed forever
who has wrought such wonders in us.

Blessed be Jesus for all ages,
and may the heavens and the earth be filled with the praises of his love.

Come, let us adore Christ, the Son of God,
who has redeemed us with his blood.  Amen. (St. Maria de Mattias, +1866)

 

Hymn (at choice)

No weight of gold or silver

can measure human worth;

No soul secures its ransom

with all the wealth of earth;

no sinners find their freedom

but by the gift unpriced,

the Lamb of God unblemished,

the precious blood of Christ.

 

Our sins, our griefs, our troubles,

He bore and made his own;

We hid our faces from him,

rejected and alone.

His wounds are for our healing,

Our peace is by his pain;

Behold, the Man of sorrows,

The Lamb for sinners slain!

 

In Christ the past is over,

a new world now begins,

with him we rise to freedom

Who saves us from our sins.

We live by faith in Jesus

to make his glory known:

Behold, the Man of Sorrows,

The Lamb upon his throne! (76 76 D)

**

What shall I offer to the Lord

His praises to proclaim?

The saving cup I will take up

And call upon God’s name.

 

The blood of calves or rams or goats

Could never cleanse our sin.

For only Christ’s blood without price

Can wash the heart within.

 

How precious in the eyes of God

The sacrifice of faith!

Your servant Lord, was Christ your Son,

Your servant to his death.

 

I eat his flesh and drink his blood:

Our mystic unity.

So may I be your servant, too.

So may you set me free.

 

Then I shall call upon your name

In thankfulness and praise,

And drink of everlasting life

For everlasting days. (CM)

**

Glory be to Jesus

Who in bitter pains

Poured for me his life blood

From his sacred veins!

 

Grace and life eternal

In that blood I find,

Blest be his compassion

Infinitely kind!

 

Blest through endless ages

Be the precious stream

Which from endless torment

Doth the world redeem!

 

There the fainting spirit

Drinks of like her fill;

There, as in a fountain,

Laves herself at will.

 

Abel’s blood for vengeance

Pleaded to the skies;

But the blood of Jesus

For our pardon cries.

 

Lift ye then your voices;

Swell the mighty flood;

Louder still and louder

Praise the precious Blood.


**

See how the army of our sins,

A cruel army, proud and fierce,

The heart of God most innocent

Ungratefully and basely pierce!

 

Our sins direct the cruel stroke

Made by the thrust of soldier’s lance;

The dreaded sharpness of its point

Our crimes with mortal guilt enhance.

 

From out that opened Heart is born

The Holy Church, of Christ the Bride;

Behold the ark to save our race;

The door, this wound made in his side.

 

Hence comes and everlasting stream

Of grace in wondrous sevenfold flood,

That we may there our robes defiled

Cleanse in the Lamb’s most precious Blood. (LM)

**

 

The Lamb’s high banquet called to share,

Arrayed in garments white and fair,

The Red Sea past, we now would sing

To Jesus our triumphant King.

 

Upon the altar of the cross

His body has redeemed our loss;

And, tasting of his precious Blood,

In him we live anew to God.

 

Now Christ our Passover is slain,

The Lamb of God without a stain;

His flesh, the true unleavened Bread,

For us is freely offer’ed.

 

Christ rises conqu’ror from the grave,

From death returning, strong to save;

With his right hand the tyrant chains,

And paradise for all regains. (LM)

**

Rock of ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in thee;

Let the water and the blood

From thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double sure,

Save from wrath and make me pure.

 

Could my tears for ever flow,

Could me zeal no languish know,

These for sin could not atone—

Thou must save, and thou alone;

In my hand no price I bring,

Simply to the cross I cling. (77 77 77)

**

Created for the glory of your name,

redeemed by your blood on the cross,

signed by the seal of your Spirit,

we beseech you: save us, O Lord!

 

You break the bonds of guilt,

protect the meek and free the oppressed.

You lead the people who believe in your love

to the restful meadows in heaven.

 

Praise and honor to you,

good shepherd, radiant beam of the eternal light,

who live with the Father and the Holy Spirit

in glory for ever and ever. Amen.

**

Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb,

our garments cleansed in him,

saved and made new by Love,

we sing praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

With you we are raised on the Cross,

with you, baptized into your death,

in you, O Christ, we are now risen,

and restored to life in the heart of the Father.

 

O Christ, your life is an immense font of joy,

springing up eternally; unending splendor,

in you is immersed the human smallness of the redeemed.

 

Our day passes, declining;

Lord, remain with us this evening,

and may the certainty of our faith

light up the advancing night.

 

Grant that our death be absorbed

by the glorious light of the Resurrection and,

having died your own death,

may we live in you, who are our life.

 

O Father of kindness, we ask you this

through your Son who is risen,

and through the eternal Love who leads us

toward the sweet light of your face. Amen.

**

Grant, Lord, that we, your servants all,

Saved by the tide of cleansing Blood,

No more ‘neath sin’s dominion fall

Nor fear the thought of death’s dark flood!

 

Your varied love each spirit bless,

The humble cheer, the proud control;

Check in each heart its vain excess,

But raise the meek and humble soul.

 

This favor, Father, we entreat;

This blessing, grant, eternal Son

And Holy Spirit, Paraclete,

Both now and while the ages run. (LM)

 

PSALMODY (at choice)

Series I

Antiphon 1 Author of everyone’s salvation, Jesus, who are our refuge, We, your servants, bowing and unworthy, call upon you, those whom you thought worthy to redeem with your own blood, see fit to unite us with the companies of the patriarchs.

(Auctor salútis ómnium, Iesu nostrum refúgium, te invocámus cérnui et indígni fámuli, sánguine quos próprio dignátus es redímere, iúngere dignéris patriarchárum cúneis.)

Psalm 8

How great is your name, O Lord our God, *
through all the earth!

Your majesty is praised above the heavens; *
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy, *
to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, *
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind, *
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god; *
with glory and honor you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hands, *
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle, *
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish *
that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God *
through all the earth!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 2 The city is truly blessed which your Godhead illuminates, Jerusalem adorned with celestial stones, into whose dwellings deem it fit to lead us, whom you set free, Lord Jesus, with your blood.

(Beáta vere cívitas, quam illústrat divínitas, Jerúsalem celéstibus exornáta lapídibus, in cuius edifícia nos addúcere dignéris, quos tuo Jesu Dómine liberásti sánguine.)

Psalm 19A

The heavens proclaim the glory of God *
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story *
and night unto night makes known the message.

No speech, no word, no voice is heard †
yet their span extends through all the earth, *
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

There he has placed a tent for the sun; †
it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent, *
rejoices like a champion to run its course.

At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun; †
to the furthest end of the sky is its course. *
There is nothing concealed from its burning heat.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 3 Most merciful Lord, who for the sake of our wretchedness endured the punishment of death at the hands of the wicked, set free from the infernal abyss those you have redeemed and blot out all their sins in lasting oblivion, those for whom you gave up your revered body and poured forth your precious blood.

(Clementíssime Dómine, qui pro nostra miséria ab impiórum mánibus mortis supplícium pertulísti, líbera redémptos tuos ab inférni vorágine, et cuncta eis peccáta oblivióne perpétua dele, pro quibus venerándum corpus tradidísti atque preciósum sánguinem e udísti.)

Psalm 24

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart, †
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

O gates, lift high your heads; †
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is the king of glory? †
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

O gates, lift high your heads; †
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is he, the king of glory? †
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Glory to the Father and to the Son *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

 

**

Series II

 Antiphon 1 Lord, Almighty King, from the princes of darkness and from the regions of punishment free your humble servants, for whom you paid the price of your blood. Lord Christ, lead us to the fellowship of your elect, with whom we may rejoice forever.

(Dómine, Rex omnípotens, líbera sérvulos tuos de princípibus tenebrárum et de locis poenárum, pro quibus tui sánguinis prétium exsolvísti. Christe, Dómine, duc nos ad consórtium electórum tuórum, cum quibus gáudeant in sáecula.)

Psalm 46

God is for us a refuge and strength, *
a helper close at hand, in time of distress:
so we shall not fear though the earth should rock, *
though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea,
even though its waters rage and foam, *
even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

The waters of a river give joy to God’s city, *
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within, it cannot be shaken; *
God will help it at the dawning of the day.
Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken: *
he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, consider the works of the Lord, *
the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.
He puts an end to wars over all the earth; †
the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps. *
He burns the shields with fire.
“Be still and know that I am God, *
supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 2 Guard your flock, Lord, you who deigned to assume the cross for the sake of mankind, shedding your blood as the price of our salvation. Alleluia.

(Gregem tuum, Dómine, custódi, qui crucem propter hómines suscípere dignátus es, e úndens tuum sánguinem nostrae salútis prétium. Allelúia.)

Psalm 100

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. †
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Know that he, the Lord, is God. †
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Go within his gates, giving thanks. †
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Indeed, how good is the Lord, †
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 3 Have compassion on your servants, most bounteous God, that they may be among the number of your elect, whom you deigned to redeem with your own blood.

(Da, benigníssime Deus, hanc servis tuis misericórdiam, ut sint in número electórum tuórum quos cruóre tu próprio redímere dignátus es.)

Psalm 72

O God, give your judgment to the king, *
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice *
and your poor in right judgment.

May the mountains bring forth peace for the people *
and the hills, justice.
May he defend the poor of the people †
and save the children of the needy *
and crush the oppressor.

He shall endure like the sun and the moon *
from age to age.
He shall descend like rain on the meadow, *
like raindrops on the earth.

In his days justice shall flourish *
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea, *
from the Great River to earth’s bounds.
Before him his enemies shall fall, *
his foes lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and the sea coasts *
shall pay him tribute.

The kings of Sheba and Seba *
shall bring him gifts.
Before him all kings shall fall prostrate, *
all nations shall serve him.

For he shall save the poor when they cry *
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak *
and save the lives of the poor.

From oppression he will rescue their lives, *
to him their blood is dear.
Long may he live, *
may the gold of Sheba be given him.
They shall pray for him without ceasing *
and bless him all the day.

May corn be abundant in the land *
to the peaks of the mountains.
May its fruit rustle like Lebanon; †
may men flourish in the cities *
like grass on the earth.

May his name be blessed for ever *
and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him, *
all nations bless his name.

Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel, *
who alone works wonders,
ever blessed his glorious name. *
Let his glory fill the earth.

Amen! Amen!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

 

**

 Series III

 Antiphon 1 May the grace of God, through Jesus Christ, who freed us with the price of His blood free us from the princes of darkness and set us in the celestial home, rejoicing with Him in everlasting glory.

(Grátia Dei per Jesum Christum qui nos liberávit sui prétio sánguinis líberet nos de tenebrárum princípibus et constítuat in caelésti patria, gaudéntes secum in sempitérna glória.)

Psalm 96

O sing a new song to the Lord, †
sing to the Lord, all the earth. *
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.

Proclaim his help day by day, †
tell among the nations his glory *
and his wonders among all the peoples.

The Lord is great and worthy of praise, †
to be feared above all gods; *
the gods of the heathens are naught.

It was the Lord who made the heavens, †
his are majesty and state and power *
and splendor in his holy place.

Give the Lord, you families of peoples, †
give the Lord glory and power, *
give the Lord the glory of his name.

Bring an offering and enter his courts, †
worship the Lord in his temple. *
O earth, tremble before him.

Proclaim to the nations: “God is king.” †
The world he made firm in its place; *
he will judge the peoples in fairness.

Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad, *
let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
let the land and all it bears rejoice, *
all the trees of the wood shout for joy

at the presence of the Lord for he comes, *
he comes to rule the earth.
With justice he will rule the world, *
he will judge the peoples with his truth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 2 Lord, fount of mercy, in which is washed away the contamination of our sins, graciously succour your redeemed family; and having redeemed them with the shedding of your precious blood, after their human life, with their sins remitted, benignly grant them, good shepherd, a place in Paradise.

(Dómine, fons misericórdiae, in quo lavántur contágia delictórum, succúrre propítius redémptae famíliae tuae, et quam e usióne pretiósi sánguinis redemísti, post humánam conversatiónem dimíssis excéssibus sedes cleménter, pastor bone, largíre paradísi.)

Psalm 93

The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed; †
the Lord has robed himself with might, *
he has girded himself with power.

The world you made firm, not to be moved; †
your throne has stood firm from of old. *
From all eternity, O Lord, you are.

The waters have lifted up, O Lord, †
the waters have lifted up their voice, *
the waters have lifted up their thunder.

Greater than the roar of mighty waters †
more glorious than the surgings of the sea, *
the Lord is glorious on high.

Truly your decrees are to be trusted. †
Holiness is fitting to your house, *
O Lord, until the end of time.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon 3 Hail, King of kings and Lord, who loved your flock solely through your tenderness and did not shrink from being the reviled object on the cross. Hail, our sweet Lord, our cure and our curer. O most holy Lord, we beg to be preserved by your blood, we for whose sake you became the death of hell.

(Ave regum Rex et Dómine, qui pietáte sola dilexísti tuum gregem, nec devitásti crucis fore maledíctum, ave nostra dulcédo, medicaméntum et médice, o sanctíssime Dómine, tuo pétimus salvári sanguine, pro quibus mors morti factus es, et morsus inférno.)

Psalm 99

The Lord is king; the peoples tremble. †
He is throned on the cherubim; the earth quakes. *
The Lord is great in Zion.

He is supreme over all the peoples. †
Let them praise his name, so terrible and great. *
He is holy, full of power.

You are a king who loves what is right; †
you have established equity, justice and right; *
you have established them in Jacob.

Exalt the Lord our God; †
bow down before Zion, his footstool. *
He the Lord is holy.

Among his priests were Aaron and Moses, †
among those who invoked his name was Samuel. *
They invoked the Lord and he answered.

To them he spoke in the pillar of cloud. †
They did his will; they kept the law, *
which he, the Lord, had given.

O Lord our God, you answered them. †
For them you were a God who forgives; *
yet you punished all their offenses.

Exalt the Lord our God; †
bow down before his holy mountain *
for the Lord our God is holy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

 

COLLECTS (at choice)

 

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 beg of you, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Feast of the Precious Blood; Traditional)

Father, who through the blood of Jesus your Son, the Lamb sacrificed on the cross, redeemed us, sanctified us, and made us your people; grant that all may accept this gift of your love, celebrate it joyfully in the Spirit, and drink of it in the Eucharistic chalice, the sign of your covenant and blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Feast of the Precious Blood; Contemporary)

O God, who by the Precious Blood of your Only Begotten Son have redeemed the whole world, preserve in us the work of your mercy, so that, ever honoring the mystery of our salvation, we may merit to obtain its fruits. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Votive Mass The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

Remember your mercies, O Lord, and with your eternal protection sanctify your servants, for whom Christ your Son, by the shedding of his Blood, established the Paschal Mystery. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. R. Amen. (Good Friday)

O God, who for your glory and the salvation of the human race willed to establish Christ as the eternal High Priest, grant that the people he has gained for you by his Blood may, through their participation in his memorial,  experience the power of his Cross and Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest)

O God, whose mercies are without number and whose treasure of goodness is infinite, graciously increase the faith of the people consecrated to you, that all may grasp and rightly understand by whose love they have been created, through whose Blood they have been redeemed, and by whose Spirit they have been reborn. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Votive Mass The Mercy of God)

O God, author of our freedom and of our salvation, listen to the voice of our pleading and grant that those you have redeemed by the shedding of your Son’s Blood may have life through you and, under your protection, rejoice forever unharmed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter)

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