DPPL 176: Blood of Christ in Christological Titles

STA altar at night smallIn section 175, we read of the many Scriptural references to the Blood of Christ. In 176, we are reminded of the New Testament connections of Christology and Blood:

176. The Christological titles associated with the Redeemer are particularly associated with the mystery of the Blood of Christ:

  • Christ has redeemed us from an ancient slavery by his most precious and innocent Blood (cf. 1 Pt 1, 19) and “purifies us of sin” (1 John 1, 17);
  • High Priest “of all blessings to come” since Christ “has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us”;
  • faithful Witness vindicating the blood of the martyrs (cf Rev 6, 10) “who were slain on account of the word of God, for witnessing to it” (cf. Rev 6, 9);
  • of King, who as God, “reigns from the wood of the Cross”, which is adorned with the purple of his own Blood;
  • Spouse and Lamb of God in whose Blood the members of the Church -the Bride- have washed their garments (cf. Rev 7, 14; Eph 5, 25-27).

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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