Day Six, July 6
The blood of the cross bringing us closer,
bonds us in charity, we long to be one.
We are redeemed in the blood of Christ.
We are washed in love.
Sent by the blood, stained by the blood;
we are servants of the blood of Christ.
THE CUP OF CREATION
“You make plants grow for people, food to eat from the earth and wine to warm the heart, oil to glisten on faces, and bread for bodily strength.” Psalm 104:14-15
Creator God, everything you made is good. As we eat our meals together in the lineage of Gaspar and Maria, warm our hearts and lift our spirits. Let us delight in our bodies as well as our minds and souls, and take joy in this incarnate world. Let us be signs of joy and laughter in a world of despair and confusion.
“The glory of God is the main purpose for this holy union that must be set up in the wounds of Jesus Christ.” St. Gaspar
Today’s Action: St. Paul wrote: “We though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” George Floyd’s murder has caused our country (even the world) to take an honest look at that truth and to confess how each of us are part of the problem, and to ask how can we now be part of the solution.
Name areas/systems in your own town where people of color have been under the knee of our systems. What is one thing you can do today to bring that awareness to another person in your circle of influence?
Instructions: On the Feast of the Precious Blood, July 1, Members and Companions of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrate the redemptive value of the Precious Blood of Jesus. This year let’s extend our prayer to an Octave of Prayer. There are reflections for each day with action steps each day. Let your voice be heard. It is your challenge to hear the Cry of the Blood.
These prayers are taken from our traditional Precious Blood Prayer Resources and now prayed in the context of our contemporary situation. The daily prayers can be prayed any time of the day, but we suggest 3:00 p.m., the hour that Jesus poured out the last drop of his Precious Blood for the redemption of all people.
All eight days of the Prayers for Racial Justice can be found here: pbernewalcenter.org/octave.
The full octave can be downloaded here as a pdf file. Prayers for Racial Justice during the Octave of the Precious Blood.
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