In this month the Church asks us all to reflect on the “Precious Blood” of Jesus.
What an important part of our make-up is our blood; the red liquid that for every moment of our life is flowing around our body through our veins and arteries.
Our blood is essential to life and one of the greatest gifts we can give is to be prepared to shed it to save and protect someone we love.
In the story of the Passion, we read how Jesus was so terrified about what he was going to face he actually sweated blood through his pores. Copious amounts of this Precious Blood were shed for us as He was scourged, crowned with thorns, nailed to the cross and then pierced by a spear.
In normal times at every Mass, we commemorate this sacrifice, this shedding of blood for our sake, as we receive this Precious Blood in the form of wine. Let us pray that we will be able to do so again after 19th.
On 15th we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. We believe that Mary, the young woman who gave birth to the Son of God, cared for Him as a child and a young man, remained constantly near to him throughout his ministry, witnessed at first hand his sufferings and death; that when she died was given the unique privilege of being taken body and soul, straight to heaven.
We thank God that we are now able to join together in worship in Solemn High Mass every Sunday morning.