History

The Chaplet of the Precious Blood, also known as the Precious Blood Rosary, is a meditation on the generous love of Jesus, who shed his blood for us.  This devotion consists of seven mysteries in which we meditate on the seven principal sheddings of the Most precious Blood of Jesus.

The Chaplet was composed in 1809 by Francesco Albertini and officially approved in the same year.  Albertini, who founded the ArchConfraternity of the Precious Blood, was the mentor and spiritual director of Saint Gaspar del Bufalo, founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

Saint Gaspar encouraged the Missionaries to pray this chaplet with the people every morning.  It is an excellent way of heightening our awareness of God's presence in difficult and painful situations.  It can help us connect our own suffering, the suffering of those we love, and the suffering of our enemies, with the suffering of Christ.  Many people who like to pray the rosary every day pray the Precious Blood Rosary on Fridays, the day when we traditionally meditate on the Passion.