The Golden Tree and Achievement of the Holy Grail, Edwin Austin Abbey, c. 1895. (Source)
1. When the Holy Ghost hovered over the waters, the uncreated light that shone from His face turned the waters red after the likeness of the Most Precious Blood.
2. The Most High made all things with breath and water and fire. He made all things for His love, that is to say, under the Blood. At the beginning were breath and water and fire under Blood. At the end will be breath and water and fire joined to Blood.
3. The four rivers, when traced back to their source, become one in the Garden, and the source of that one river is the well in Christ’s side.
4. The juice in the fruit of the Tree of Life is the Precious Blood.
5. When Cain murdered Abel, the Lord reproached him with the words, “Thy brother’s bloods cry out to me from the dust,” thereby speaking for the blood of all the generations of Abel destined never to bear fruit. Likewise, when Isaac was led to sacrifice, it was the first thirst of the Precious Blood of Christ contained therein. Its presence by anticipation in Isaac’s blood both set him apart as a sacrifice and saved him from death.
6. The flood that cleansed the world of sin was the earthly mirror of the heavenly flood of Divine Blood.
7. Yet even a flood that covered the whole face of the earth is as nothing before the torrents of Blood stored up in the Heart of the Most High.
8. When God set His bow in the clouds, every color spoke of some hidden secret. Red, the color of Blood, spoke silently of the mysterium tremendum.
9. The sacrifice of Isaac was a consecration of his blood into an eternal likeness of the Lamb’s Precious Blood.
10. When Moses prayed, and the Nile turned to blood, that blood was but an imitation of the Heavenly Blood that would deal death to the wicked powers.
11. When the Jews covered their doors in the blood of the Passover, that blood was but a foretaste of the Heavenly Blood that would deliver the whole world from death and bondage.
12. The sea that bowed before the people of Israel but covered their persecutors worked after the pattern of the Precious Blood.
13. The Martyr is like unto the rock that sent forth pure water at Massah and Meribah. The life-giving stream let loose from the stricken flesh of the Martyr is the very Blood of Christ.
14. The name of God, Jehovah-Jireh, refers to the Blood of Christ unfurled upon the Cross Triumphant.
15. The true and eternal Israel is constituted by the anointing of the Most Precious Blood.
16. The Precious Blood covers all who seek it with a dazzling darkness.
17. When the face of Moses shone, it was because his blood had been made like the Lamb’s. Truly, he had washed well in the torrent of the Word.
18. The cord of Rahab the Prostitute took its crimson hue from the Precious Blood.
19. The blood-stained cord of Rahab brought salvation to her household and joined her to the Nation of Israel. So it is with all who trust in the Precious Blood.
20. The blood-stained cord of Rahab is the earthly likeness of that heavenly cord that ties together the World.
21. The Precious Blood built the Temple.
22. The Precious Blood hallowed the Temple.
23. The Temple and the Precious Blood are, in their innermost being, one and the same.
24. The Blood belongs to the Altar, as the Altar belongs to the Blood.
25. The Precious Blood speaks from the Altar.
26. The Precious Blood is never apart from the Altar. Wherever it flows, it is an offering to the Most High.
27. The Altar of the Blood is the World’s foundation. None can hope to build anything that lasts if he would forsake this cornerstone.
28. Before the third and celestial Temple was built, the Lord was content to dwell in darkness. This was the time when the Precious Blood grew and resided in the Ark.
29. The Precious Blood is a sea in which Leviathan drowns.
30. The Lord leadeth me by the still waters, lays out a table before me, anoints me with oil, and maketh my cup to run over. All of these, like the four rivers of the Garden, go up into one great deed; for the Lord has given me His Blood.
31. The Lord hath founded the Earth upon the floods, and Zion upon His Blood.
32. As the hart panteth for the water of the brooks, so must our hearts pant for the Blood of the Lamb.
33. Though our tears be our meat in this day of mourning, soon we shall have the Blood of the Lamb and His heart for an imperishable repast.
34. The Lord is my Rock because His Blood rests on the Altar.
35. The Most Precious Blood is the help of my countenance.
36. The flood and waters that speak in the Heavens are drawn from the Precious Blood.
37. When God blots out our transgressions, He uses the Most Precious Blood.
38. Idols are bloodless gods.
39. The gift of the Bride is water. The gift of the Bridegroom is Blood.
40. The Precious Blood delights, nourishes, bears, imparts, and sanctifies all Wisdom.
41. The Precious Blood is the storm out of Heaven.
42. The Precious Blood may be consumed in two ways: on a scroll, or in the cup.
43. When the Prophet came to a valley of bones, he saw that they were dry. He said this because they had lost their blood.
44. The dry bones rose again when they were watered with the Precious Blood of the Lamb, that is, when the Prophet let loose the supernal fountains of the Word.
45. Blood flows from the Temple and sweetens the Sea. The Kingdom is re-drawn from the boundaries of Blood.
46. The Kingdom and the Temple are one in its Priest-King, that is to say, they join in the Precious Blood.
47. All the fruits in the Land of Zion are watered by the Blood of the Lamb.
48. Where there is no blood, there is the Desert.
49. Some are led out to the Desert for battle. If they fight with the luminous arms of the Precious Blood, they will triumph.
50. The Desert will bloom in Blood then, and the warriors will discover surpassing delights beyond all imagining.
51. Any seed that the Precious Blood waters will bloom into a great and mighty tree, and the birds of the air will come to nest in its branches.
52. The Pearl of Great Price is hidden in the Sea of the Precious Blood.
53. Oh wonder of wonders! The Mercy of God took up matter, and manifested itself to the senses of mortal men. For it clothed itself in the red raiment of the Precious Blood.
54. The Word is written in the Precious Blood.
55. Every letter in the Word is a bottomless well and roaring flood of the Precious Blood.
56. The torrents of the Blood sing only one word, the Name.
57. The Angels take their song from the voice of the rivers, from the pulse of the High Priest’s heart, from the roars of the waterfalls of His Blood.
58. The Forerunner rejoiced and cried aloud, “Behold the Lamb of God!” He did so because he saw the one who would fill the rivers of repentance with His Blood.
59. The Precious Blood is deathless life and Fleshless food.
60. The Precious Blood, let loose by wounds and sins, can heal every wound and sin.
61. We who are born of blood must be born of a new and supernal Blood, hidden from the beginning of the world.
62. We are called sheep because we have been covered in the Blood of the Lamb.
63. Providence writes the history of the Last and Everlasting Day in the ink of the Most Precious Blood.
64. Most lamps are fed with oil. The seven lampstands of the Temple are fed with oil and the Precious Blood.
65. The seven lampstands of Mount Zion take their oil from the Mount of Olives and their Blood from the hill of Golgotha.
66. The Precious Blood is the triumph, shield, and banner of the angels.
67. The firstfruits of the Lamb delight only in His Blood.
68. The Book of Life is alive indeed, for within it courses the imperishable Blood of the Lamb.
69. No name written in the Blood of the Lamb can ever die.
70. The Precious Blood bears supernal illumination.
71. The Precious Blood is at once the river and the bridge.
72. The Precious Blood is abroad in the world, riding the Green Lion.
73. The eternal marriage is consummated at the feast where the Precious Blood fills the chalice.
74. The robes of the Arch-Prophet, High Priest, and Emperor are red, for they have been dyed in the Precious Blood.
75. To live is to exist through the Blood and in the Blood and with the Blood – and for the Blood.
76. The Christian is the one who has the Precious Blood of Jesus coursing through his veins.
77. The demons tremble and quake before the Precious Blood, for it is their utter ruin.
78. If anyone should wish to confound the demons, let him call upon the Blood of the Lamb in confidence and hope.
79. There is absolute safety in the Precious Blood of Christ.
80. There can be no peace without the Precious Blood.
81. There are seven steps to the Temple: red, black, white, red, white, black, and red. The red steps take their hue from the Precious Blood.
82. No one may stand on the seventh, scarlet step but the Lamb, the Great High Priest, the Master of the Holy of Holies.
83. No one could begin the ascent if the Lamb had not cast His Blood upon the lowest step.
84. Most souls can only aspire to the middle, red step. But this step possesses nobility beyond all telling.
85. Very few souls are called to the white step above the red. Indeed, no one can mount to the second white stair without one foot ever on the middle red one. But blessed are they who may ascend to that stair!
86. On the last and deathless day, we shall all be carried up to the white step. But our feet shall be red with the Blood of the Lamb, the dye of the middle step.
87. Sober inebriation, the delight of the saints, comes from drinking of the Precious Blood without cease.
88. The wicked drink the Precious Blood as bats, cursed creatures of night. The penitent drink the Precious Blood as hummingbirds, remaining in bliss before the fragrance of Christ’s wounds.
89. The blood of the martyrs is one with the Blood of the Lamb.
90. The whole of heaven and earth is watered by the Precious Blood. If that flow should fail at any second, an untold ruin would fill all things.
91. The Precious Blood hides under three veils: the black, the white, and the red.
92. The black veil is the water of cleansing.
93. The white veil is the oil of illumination.
94. The red veil is the wine of union.
95. The most perfect of these veils is the red, for it perfectly manifests the ineffable truth it conceals.
96. The black and white veils lie outside the red – but once they are removed, they can never be put back on.
97. Those who see the red veil now may hope to see it removed when the Book is opened and all have their names restored to them in the Precious Blood.
98. The Precious Blood is the red candle enkindled by the Uncreated Fire.
99. The Lamb bleeds on seven seals within the seven bloodstained pillars, and these become the seven supernal fountains.
100. When the Precious Blood is poured out, it becomes still as wine held in a chalice. The Dove broods over it, and with the Light of the Dove on the surface, the Bride can find her true face as in a mirror of crystal.