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Elizabeth wrote:

Hi, guys —

I would like to know the Catholic perspective on the non-Denominational/Protestant prayer:

Plead the blood of Jesus.

  • Could you tell me where they get this from and why don't Catholics say this prayer?

Elizabeth

  { Can you tell me where Protestants get this prayer from and why don't Catholics say this prayer? }

Eric replied:

Elizabeth,

We don't pray it because we consume the Blood (and the Body) of Jesus in Communion.

The purpose of the Protestant prayer is to apply the fruits of the Cross of Calvary to their sins and to specific situations where they need assistance.

Traditionally in Catholicism, this has been done through the offering and reception of the Eucharist, which is the true and literal Body and Blood of Christ and the Fruit of that same Sacrifice.

Protestants receive Jesus into their hearts; we receive Him into our mouths and whole bodies!

Eric

Bob replied:

Elizabeth,

I don't know the prayer or expression, and I don't think I have missed anything; I would guess most Catholics have never just heard of it. Catholics have a rich tradition of prayers, including the Chaplet of Mercy, given to us by Jesus through St. Faustina; it literally offers back to the Father the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is pleading the blood many times over.

Protestants have some good devotions, but nothing is better than the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy plus, we have two thousand years of prayers and devotions from Saints, Mystics, Popes, Converts, and even the Blessed Mother.

We know and understand the power of Christ's Blood, we consume it, literally, every time we go to Mass. Protestants don't have that. That is one of the great tragedies of the Protestant revolt; they lost their heritage. If only they could turn that desire to be cleansed in Christ's Blood for the Holy Eucharist as Christ gave it to His Church, through and with a valid Apostolic priesthood, then their prayer would be answered.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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