The Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

precious bloodThe Missal gives to-day the Octave of St. John the Baptist, which, however, only appears in the Roman Calendar during the late Middle Ages. In the liturgical reform of Pius X this day was chosen for the feast of the Most Precious Blood, which had already been fixed under Pius IX for the first Sunday of July. Pius IX instituted this feast in thanksgiving for the deliverance of the Apostolic See from the violent revolutionaries who had expelled the Pope to Gaeta. In 1849, with the assistance of the French army, they were vanquished and the pope was able to return to Rome.

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