For anyone wanting to follow the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood more closely, know that Jesus has asked that the third Friday of each month be set aside for special prayers. I intend to cover this in greater detail when I reach this subject that I have outlined several blogs ago. The number to call to participate is: 712-775-7300. The room number is: 397114#. To either mute or unmute *6. These prayers were due to start this morning at 10:00 am and will go probably until about 10:00 pm or later. I intend to join this afternoon sometime.
Approval of the Most Precious Blood Devotion
After a very long study into the messages of the Most Precious Blood and the life of the visionary, Barnabas approval has been given by Bishop Callistus Vallentine Onaga, the bishop of record for Barnabas. This approval was given in November of 2012. This approval has been made known through Fr. Everestus, a Nigerian priest who is also a seminary classmate and personal friend of Bishop Onaga. While the truthfulness of Fr. Everestus is without doubt, we are still awaiting a document from Bishop Onaga confirming Fr. Everestus’ words.
The Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood
Very early on in the private revelations given to Barnabas Our Lord gave to his chosen seer the Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood. Here it is my intention to talk about the Chaplet at its origin as a sacramental of this devotion. Later I will talk about the same Chaplet as one of the prayers of this devotion. I do not intend to cover this subject completely here.
The Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood looks like a rosary with twelve beads instead of ten. The set of twelve beads are red and the beads that separate the groups of twelve are white. The prayers that are used with this sacramental can be found from pages 32-39 in the Precious Blood of Jesus Daily Devotional. The five mysteries are meditations on the five major wounds of Jesus, the piercings of nails in Jesus’ hands and feet, and the piercing of Jesus’ side after His death. In each decade an Our Father and Hail Mary are prayed on the white bead and on the red beads is prayed: “Precious Blood of Jesus Christ Save us and the whole world.” The other prayers are found in the pages mentioned above.
On December 8, 1998 the following dialogue took place between Barnabas and Our Lord in which we have explained some of the details of this new sacramental to the Most Precious Blood. Barnabas asks Our Lord why there are twelve red beads and one white bead, and why the Our Father and Hail Mary are prayed on the white bead. Our Lord answers as follows: “My son, this devotion has been in My Holy Church ever since My circumcision. My mother was the first to adore My Precious Blood with her penitential tears as she saw her only Son bleeding for humanity. But you can see that this age has forgotten the price of their redemption. Today I give you this chaplet for you and for all men to adore My Precious Blood, the price of their redemption. Wake up this devotion and hasten the Kingdom of My Glory on earth. Barnabas, each small bead represents a tribe of Israel. As you recite the chaplet, My Precious Blood will rain on the earth for the conversion of the whole Israel, I mean the whole world. Each time you pray one ‘Our Father’ and one ‘Hail Mary’ in every portion of the Chaplet, you honor the mystical wounds, pains and Precious Blood of the Agonizing and Sorrowful Hearts of the Son and His mother. I assure you, many wounds shall be healed, I and My mother will be consoled. The mercy of the Father will multiply; the Holy Spirit will rest upon you, My Precious Blood will flow to save. Know this also, the red color of the beads represent My Blood, and the white beads represent the water that comes out from My Sacred Side, which washes away your sins.” There are other details about this chaplet. Here I am treating it as a new sacramental. Later when I treat it as a new prayer I will write more including the promises attached to praying it.
Yesterday I gave the whole teaching about sacramentals as is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Today I would like to boil down it’s content to make it easier to understand. I think an image would help. With the high price of gas who would not like to own an oil well? Suppose you had some land with mineral rights and you sat on top of an infinite supply of crude oil. The oil is infinite, so the value of the resource is also infinite. But it is still underground and not tapped into. To gain access to that deposit of oil, a drilling rig must open up a hole to access it, pipes must be put in place and a pumping device must be hooked up in order to extract and benefit from the oil deposit. The Sacraments are for us like that infinite oil reserve and the sacramentals are like the equipment to extract the oil. As the oil has far greater value than the equipment needed to extract it, so sacraments are vastly superior to sacramentals. However there is no way of accessing the oil reserve properly without the oil field equipment. Just so the sacramentals help us receive the graces from the sacraments more efficiently.
Sacraments are sacred signs instituted by Christ to give us grace. Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church to prepare us to receive the sacraments. The number of sacraments has been fixed at seven: baptism, confirmation, confession, communion, matrimony, holy orders, and the anointing of the sick. The number of sacramentals has no limits placed on them. Both sacraments and sacramentals flow from the Paschal mystery of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.
As both sacraments and sacramentals flow from the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, then they must lead us into these same mysteries. The devotion to the Precious Blood has great power to bring us into these mysteries as the Passion and Death of Jesus constitute it’s focus. The fruit of this devotion should be to make our use of the sacraments more fruitful i.e., to make our reception of Holy Communion and Confession more grace filled. This devotion should open our souls up more to that infinite source of grace which the sacraments contain.
Two post ago I wrote on the Agonizing Crucifix from the private revelation given to Barnabas. I want to make clear now several points regarding the notes of private revelation from Barnabas. First of all I am not in possession of a complete set of these private revelations so what I give is from the notes that I have. Second, most of what I have is organized in a retreat format, which means that there is not a chronological set of messages, but some pulled from one period of time and some pulled from another, leaving gaps. What I have gathered is as accurate and complete as I am able to manage. It is admittedly incomplete, yet there is much to meditate on with what is there. As more of the messages are made available to me, I will update them.
Now a word on the second sacramental of this devotion, which is the Agonizing Face of Jesus. The origin of the Agonizing Crucifix was from Our Lord Himself as described two blogs ago. The origin of the Agonizing Face of Jesus is at present a mystery. There are two different stories that are presently put forward that can not be harmonized. The one point that can be found in both stories is that Barnabas was presented with the Agonizing Face of Jesus at a certain point in time and stated that this is how Jesus always appears to him. For a visual of this Agonizing Face please look at the cover of the Precious Blood of Jesus Daily Devotional or go to www.PreciousBloodInternational.com
One more thing. Today is Thursday Jan. 17, 2013. I would like to remind anyone visiting this blog that this evening from 11:00 PM until 3:00 AM EST there will be live Gethsemane hours prayed by phone. The toll free number is: 712-775-7300. The room number is: 397114#. The (un)mute is *6. Also tomorrow Friday Jan. 18, 2013 there is the third Friday devotion which starts around 1:00 pm and goes to around 9:00 pm. The same numbers work as on the Thursday night to Friday morning prayers.
It dawned on me that when I broke down the major components about the devotion to the Most Precious Blood that I used the word “sacramentals” which as a priest I have heard and used many times without thinking much about it. In order to foster a greater clarity about the sacramentals of the devotion to the Most Precious Blood I wish today to cite the Catechism of the Catholic Church about sacramentals so that when I used this term all know what I am talking about.
1667 Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them men are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are rendered holy.
The Characteristics of Sacramentals
1668 Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification of certain ministries of the Church, certain states of life, a great variety of circumstances in Christian life, and the use of many things helpful to man. In accordance with bishop’s pastoral decisions, they can also respond to the needs, culture, and special history of the Christian people of a particular region or time. They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water (which recalls Baptism).
1669 Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a “blessing,” and to bless. Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a blessing concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is the administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests or deacons).
1670 Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperation with it. “For well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals sanctifies almost every event of their lives with the divine grace which flows from the Paschal mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. From this source all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. There is scarcely any proper use of material things which cannot be thus directed toward the sanctification of men and the praise of God.”
Various Forms of Sacramentals
1671 Among sacramentals blessings (of persons, meals, objects and places) come first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father “with every spiritual blessing.” That is why the Chrurch imparts blessings by invoking the name of Jesus, usually while making the holy sign of the cross of Christ.
1672 Certain blessings have a lasting importance because they consecrate persons to God, or reserve objects and places for liturgical use. Among those blessings which are intended for persons – not to be confused with sacramental ordination – are the blessing of the abbot or abess of a monastery, the consecration of virgins and widows, the rite of religious profession and the blessing of certain ministries of the Church (readers, acolytes, catechists, etc.). The dedication or blessing of a church or an altar, the blessing of holy oils, vessels, and vestments, bells, etc., can be mentioned as examples of blessings that concern objects.
1673 When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his domain, it is called exorcism. Jesus performed exorcisms and from him the Church has received the power and office of exorcizing. In a simple form, exorcism is performed at the celebration of Baptism. The solemn exorcism, called “a major exorcism,” can be performed only by a priest and with the permission of the bishop. The priest must proceed with prudence, strictly observing spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to his Church. Illness, especially psychological illness is a very different matter; treating this is the concern of medical science. Therefore, before an exorcism is performed, it is important to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness.
1674 Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc.
1675 These expressions of piety extend the liturgical life of the Church, but do not replace it. They “should be so drawn up that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some way derived from it and lead the people to it, since in fact the liturgy by its very nature is far superior to any of them.”
1676 Pastoral discernment is needed to sustain and support popular piety and, if necessary, to purify and correct the religious sense which underlies these devotions so that the faithful may advance in knowledge of the mystery of Christ. Their exercise is subject to the care and judgment of the bishops and to the general norms of the Church.
At its core the piety of the people is a storehouse of values that offers answers of Christian wisdom to the great questions of life. The Catholic wisdom of the people is capable of fashioning a vital synthesis…. It creatively combines the divine and the human, Christ and Mary, spirit and body, communion and institution, person and community, faith and homeland, intelligence and emotion. This wisdom is a Christian humanism that radically affirms the dignity of every person as a child of God, establishes a basic fraternity, teaches people to encounter nature and understand work, provides reason for joy and humor even in the midst of a very hard life. For the people this wisdom is also a principle of discernment and an evangelical instinct through which they spontaneously sense when the Gospel is served in the Church and when it is emptied of its content and stifled by other interests.
1677 Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church. They prepare men to receive the fruit of the sacraments and sanctify different circumstances of life.
1678 Among the sacramentals blessings occupy an important place. They include both praise of God for his works and gifts, and the Church’s intercession for men that they may be able to use God’s gifts according to the spirit of the Gospel.
1679 In addition to the liturgy, Christian life is nourished by various forms of popular piety, rooted in the different cultures. While carefully clarifying them in the light of faith, the Church fosters the forms of popular piety that express and evangelical instinct and a human wisdom and that enrich Christian life.
Yesterday’s post gave an overall view of the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood. Today I will write down many of the messages about the agonizing crucifix which is one of the sacramentals of this beautiful devotion. For a visual and information about buying an Agonizing Crucifix please visit: www.preciousbloodinternational.com
The origin of this Agonizing Crucifix is a vision that Barnabas had of Our Lord on January 5, 2000. In the vision Barnabas saw Our Lord holding the crucifix and told him “… take this” Our Lord continued by saying: “This is your crucified Lord who loves you. He is the One whom you daily crucify. Accept it from Me, carry it always. Show it to the world. Let all men have it also. Children, this is what your sins do to Me..”
The Crucifix given to Barnabas have the wounds and blood of Jesus’s sacred Body shown vividly. On the cross was written: “I Am the Agonizing Jesus who loves you.”
Our Lord continued by telling Barnabas: “You shall make this crucifix as you see it. I am giving it to you as the instrument and armour which you must all have before the evil man comes to reign in full force… I call you all… to prepare and get ready for the hour… You and all men are to have the cross as an armour of protection against evil forces that will fill the earth…”
Later Our Lord instructs Barnabas: “This cross will renew the knowledge of My suffering in the hearts of all men.”
Later still, Our Lord both asks Barnabas a question and gives the answer to the question that He asks when He says: “Why is there the wound on the side of Jesus on the Agonizing Crucifix when Jesus is still hanging alive? (Remember Jesus’ side was opened after His death). Jesus answers this question by saying: “This is the Mystical cross of My agony. Your Jesus who died 2000 years ago is still suffering the pains of several crucifixions due to the sins of the world. My heart suffers mystically the pains of thorns as well as My wounds are still bleeding for love of this needful world. This cross is the cross of your Agonizing Master. For 2000 years My Sacred Agonizing Body has been on the cross just as you saw it.”
Our Lord makes the observation: “The (Agonizing) cross will be highly criticized and rejected by many. But My lovers will embrace it.”
Our Lord orders Barnabas to make a “living, bleeding agonizing (body) of your Agonizing Master. Show: My bleeding wounds, My (loin) cloth stained with Blood; the Blood flowing out from the Sacred Hands and bathed My Sacred sides; the thorns pierced My Sacred Head and the Blood that bathed My Holy Face; the lacerated wounds on My knees; the Blood that flowed from the wounds of the nail of My Sacred Feet and bathed the wooden cross; the dazzling rays of My Sacred Heart and the drops of Blood and Water are to be well shown. Children I am hanging alive. Show My stress. Make a portable cross so that you can send it (in the mail) without much difficulty.
Our Lord says in another place: “Soon the image of the man of iniquity will spread over all the world… keep it out of your sight. Instead of looking at this evil image, look at the Agonizing Crucifix. You will not be manipulated by the beast.
In another place Our Lord says: “With this sign (the Agonizing Crucifix) you shall conquer. Take, My people, move, fight and conquer the beast with this sign.”
The Promises that are associated with the devout use of the Agonizing Crucifix are as follows:
1. To prepare you for battle, I give you My Agonizing Crucifix. I promise to
protect anyone who has this crucifix against evil forces.
2. Through this Crucifix, I will deliver many from captivity.
3. Whenever you raise this Crucifix against evil power, I will open heaven and let
My Precious Blood flow to subdue the evil power.
4. I will let My Precious Blood flow from all My Sacred Wounds and cover all who
venerate My Wounds and Blood through this Crucifix.
5. I promise to protect any house where this Crucifix is against any destructive
power in the hour of darkness.
6. I promise to perform numerous miracles through this Crucifix.
7. I will break hearts of stone and pour My love on them who venerate My
8. I promise to draw straying souls closer to Myself through this Crucifix.
9. In the days of the evil one you will be able to go freely without any harm
through this crucifix.
10. Through this Cross I will conquer. This Cross will soon be a victorious Cross.
Images, prayers and messages are all hallmarks of Church approved private revelation. Divine Mercy, which I cited two blogs ago has the Divine Mercy image of Jesus with two rays coming from His chest, the prayer of the Divine Mercy chaplet and the Diary of St. Faustina as the messages from this devotion. The same could be said for countless other Church approved devotions that have their origin in private revelation.
Today I would like to give an overview of the devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus without going into detail here. The following blogs I wish to explain all to a far greater degree. Presently it is necessary to acquaint anyone interested in this devotion with the details of this devotion so that it can be understood better.
Of all the devotions that I am aware of, the devotion to the Precious Blood from Nigeria, given to Barnabas Nwoye is by far the most detailed. To give a proper overview the following categories must be identified: the sacramentals, the songs, prayers and promises, the special rites, the special celebrations, and the teachings.
Here it is my intention just to touch the surface for today. I will go into as great as detail as I can when I treat each one of these in detail for it’s own blog or series of blogs. Here goes. This blog is not letting me put in the outline correctly. I have tried twice now and it gives me a straight left margin.
Precious Blood Devotion
1. Agonizing Crucifix
2. Agonizing Face of Jesus
B. Other Sacramentals
1. Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood
2. Badge of Consecration
3. The Rose of Perfect Purity
II. Songs, Prayers and Promises
A. Songs from the MPB Daily Devotional
B. Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood with promises
C. Litany of the Most Precious Blood with promises
D. Consecration to the Most Precious Blood with promises
E. Consolation Prayers with promises
F. Adoration Prayers with promises
G. The Anguished Appeals with promises
H. The Mystical Prayers with promises
I. Atonement Prayer with the Crown of Thorns with promises
J. The Roses of the Glorious Reign
K. An Alert for the Twelve Tribes of Israel
III. Special Rites
A. Consecration to the Most Precious Blood
B. The Rose of Perfect Purity
IV. Special Celebrations
A. Weekly Gethsemane Hour
B. Third Friday Devotions
C. The Holy Month of July Prayers
D. September Triumph of the Cross
E. The Months of Seal
V. Teachings (Too many to be mentioned here I will name them before I
write them here).
From here on buckle up we are going to look at this devotion in great detail.
I doubt at this time that my audience has yet reached double digits. What ever number may be reading this I ask your prayers for Patricia Fason, the motor behind the devotion to the Most Precious Blood in the United States. For more than two years she has been given the role of victim soul, after a car wreck of which she was the passenger. Along with this period of over two years of suffering, has been a stalling of the spread of the devotion to the Precious Blood. Patricia if you are able to read this, we are praying for the success of the procedure that you underwent today as well as success in resolving once and for all this health issue that has had you ill for over two years. We pray that Our Lord see fit to remove this particular cross from your life so that you may be up and running again soon to bring this beautiful devotion to parishes that open the doors to you.
In other news, here in Kansas, Our Lord has been very good to me in sending me several helpers in helping to spread the devotion to the Precious Blood. To the prayer group in St. Teresa’s in Hutchinson, I wish to tell you how happy I am to see you embrace this beautiful devotion. Thank you Bill and Tammy. To Betty Jean thank you for taking steps to spread this devotion to St. Patrick’s parish in Kingman. To Lois, thank you for helping take this devotion to Holy Spirit parish in Goddard. May God reward all of you for your love and spread of this devotion. As always, I am happy to do my part in assisting with talks any group that wants to hear about this devotion as long as the pastor invites me.
Tomorrow is Sunday, busy day. I have three masses, an RCIA class to teach, and to entertain a priest friend. I will post again on Monday. Please pray for the spread of the devotion of the Precious Blood of Jesus and for the health of Patricia Fason.
Yesterday I posted the Lord’s promise to Barnabas that he would live to see the glorious reign of peace. I am still learning how to use a blog, so this morning I wrote on new page instead of new post. The new page says it is published, but I can not find it so, instead of re-writing the article I would like to summarize it and republish it as a post instead of a page.
I would like to cite St. Faustina’s Diary from the 1930′s to help make the case that we are now in the end times. As I am sure most people who arrive here at this blog have a familiarity with devotion to Divine Mercy. In the Catholic calendar it falls the Sunday after Easter per the request of Our Lord to St. Faustina. Divine Mercy Sunday, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Divine Mercy image of Our Lord with two rays coming from his chest were all mined from the diary of St. Faustina. Like the devotion to the Precious Blood, there is a vast body of Church approved private revelation from which much has been extracted for the benefit of souls.
St. Faustina’s Diary talks very clearly about the 1930s as being already part of the end times. Let me extract several of her messages that back this up. The numbers below in front of the paragraphs indicate the paragraphs from the Diary.
83 (Our Lord speaking in 1933) … “Before I come as Just Judge, I am coming first as King of Mercy.”
848 (Our Lord speaking about His of mercy Dec. 25, 1936) “…It is a sign of the end times; after it will come the day of Justice.”
1732 (Our Lord speaking May 26 1938) “I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.”
Clearly there are multiple references to the end times in all of these messages. The final coming of Jesus we know as His Second Glorious Coming as the Just Judge of the living and the dead. The final message cited from St. Faustina’s Diary talks about the spark that would come out of Poland. What else or who else can this possible be but Blessed John Paul II aka John Paul the Great? We are now in the world after the arrival and departure of the great spark from Poland who was to prepare the world for Christ’s final coming. What are we now doing to prepare oursleves for this great event?
Since Divine Mercy is so highly respected in the Church and has very powerful end time themes it is not unreasonable that Our Lord would again appear to our human race, distracted by so many things today, and remind us that what profit would it be for any of us to gain the whole world at the price of our souls?
If we are indeed in the end times, it would make sense that a loving and merciful God remind us all again that for those who love and serve Him there is heaven, and that heaven may be for us much closer than we think. We must be prepared for this possibility at all times, perhaps now more than ever.
After ending my first blog yesterday I realized how scant was my information about Barnabas Nwoye, the visionary of this beautiful devotion. While my knowledge of him is limited, I will share what I know. Barnabas is a Nigerian young man. He is from the town of Olo in the state of Enugu, Nigeria. The messages began in 1995 and to the best of my knowledge continue still today. In 1995 Barnabas was a teenager. Today he is a young man in his early 30s. To Barnabas, Jesus revealed that he would live to see the Glorious Reign of Christ on earth, which is the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary promised at Fatima. Since he is in his early 30s now we must expect the events of the world to develop very quickly.
The backdrop of this devotion is the state of the world today and God’s plan to help save those who are willing to respond to this call. Specifically, the sins of abortion, fornication, adultery and homosexuality are mentioned as acts that cause Our Lord much pain. These sins cause Our Lord to suffer intensely, not physically, but mystically. Today the agony of our Lord’s mystical sufferings for these sins and others is greater than His physical agony on the cross.
Presently Our Lord is looking for souls who will console Him through this devotion. As one consoles the Lord with this devotion there is at the same time great spiritual growth experienced by those willing to say the prayers of the Precious Blood.
In the future, perhaps very near future, since the sins of the world are so very great in offending God and so very numerous, the world is headed for a great chastisement. This great chastisement includes the horrible reign of the Antichrist, who is said to be alive now in the world, but not reigning yet. The effects of this chastisement is two-fold. It will at the same time punish sinful man who has turned his back on God, and it will purify the world so that when it is over there will be a restoration of the world to a near garden of Eden like state. Holiness will again reign on the world. Holiness will again reign in the hearts and souls of men and women. Presently we are living under the promise of the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, which we were told about in Fatima, and in Our Lady of Good Success (Quito, Ecuador). This triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart will issue in an Era of Peace for mankind. The Precious Blood devotion links the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart with Christ’s glorious reign on earth. We long for the return of holiness to this very sinful world of ours. Devotion to the Precious Blood, alongside of our Marian devotion, especially the holy rosary will hasten this promise we are taught to long for, Christ’s era of peace for the world.
In the meantime the suffering of the world is going to increase. Here I wish to cite the Catholic Catechism:
675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church mast pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection…
What this final persecution will look like, it will mirror Christ’s own suffering and death. As He was abandoned by His apostles and most of His disciples, so the Church will experience a great apostasy, where she will lose the majority of her members, while retaining only a small remnant. The Church that remains faithful to Jesus will suffer bitterly the last and most horrible persecution the world has ever known. One element of this final persecution is the suppression of the Holy Mass world-wide. This we find spoken of in Daniel 12:11
“and from the time when the continual sacrifice will be taken away and the abomination unto desolation shall be set up there shall be a thousand two hundred ninety days”
The Church has long understood the “continual sacrifice” of Daniel, to mean the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In the final persecution of the Church this too will be taken away from the faithful along with untold other sufferings. The Church will experience its death before its glorious resurrection.
So how do the people of the last persecution maintain faith without the grace of the Mass and perhaps the other sacraments as well? Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus encourages us to build up now a holy sanctuary in our souls for the time when the external Church will be in its agony and death.
I hope that I have made the case for the seriousness of embracing this devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus, as a necessary devotion for our time.
My name is Fr. Robert K. Spencer, I am a Catholic priest from the diocese of Wichita, Kansas. I am presently the pastor of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Lyons, Kansas. In April or 2009 my priestly and christian life was forever changed. A woman in her late 70s handed me a book that was very disturbing to me. On the cover was the badly beaten, thorn-crowned, bloody face of Our Lord. As a normal Catholic of my generation I had never seen such a horrible and disfigured face of Our Lord. The images of Jesus in my mind were the nice ones, of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, or Jesus with long hair and a smile on his face. Even the images of the passion have always been “cleaned up” to make them more acceptable to us. The image on the book with the title “Precious Blood of Jesus, Daily Devotional” was like nothing I was used to seeing.
My first reaction to the prayer book was not favorable at all. I was sure at first that this was the work of some religious fanatics, and that it was intended for religious kooks. I put it on a corner of my desk and thought no more of it for several days. Further reflection, however, made me think that this bloodied face of Our Lord must have been how His passion actually looked. So I picked the book up again and began to read it’s contents. What I discovered was the most complete, comprehensive devotion I have ever come across in my life. Everything I read was inspiring. From that moment of grace in my life until today I have used this beautiful devotion to draw closer to Jesus. It is my hope that I may be able to communicate this beautiful devotion to anyone who may be looking to enhance their own spiritual life.
Before I begin I wish to acknowledge a dear friend, and a spiritual sister of mine who has been most helpful in my introduction to this devotion. Her name is Patricia Fason, from Tallahassee, Florida. Patricia is the one who extracted the beautiful prayers from the private revelations given by Our Lord to Barnabus Nwoye and assembled them in the book of prayers to the Precious Blood of Jesus. For anyone interested in obtaining this beautiful prayer book you may contact the Association of the Precious Blood by calling 850-577-0607.
Since this is my first attempt at blogging I still have a lot to learn. Hopefully as I use this tool more frequently I will be able to add some of the bells and whistles for visual aids.
There is much to this most beautiful and powerful devotion. In my next blog I intend to give an overall summery of this devotion. After this has been accomplished, I intend to write in much detail about the components of this devotion, and the numerous messages given by Our Lord to Barnabas. I may from time to time bring up personal stories associated with this devotion. It is my goal that the devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus receive the honor and adoration that it is due.