Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me to love Thee always!
Little S. Hugh 27 July
"This year  about the feast of the apostles Peter and Paul, the Jews of Lincoln stole a boy called Hugh, who was about eight years old. After shutting him up in a secret chamber, where they fed him on milk and other childish food, they sent to almost all The cities of England in which there were Jews, and summoned some of their sect from each city to be present at a sacrifice to take place at Lincoln, in contumely and insult of Jesus Christ. For, as they said, they had a boy concealed for the purpose of being crucified; so a great number of them assembled at Lincoln, and then they appointed a Jew of Lincoln judge, to take the place of Pilate, by whose sentence, and with the concurrence of all, the boy was subjected to various tortures. They scourged him till the blood flowed, they crowned him with thorns, mocked him, and spat upon him; each of them also pierced him with a knife, and they made him drink gall, and scoffed at him with blasphemous insults, and kept gnashing their teeth and calling him Jesus, the false prophet. And after tormenting him in divers ways they crucified him, and pierced him to the heart with a spear. When the boy was dead, they took the body down from the cross, and for some reason disemboweled it; it is said for the purpose of their magic arts." - Matthew Paris
This story is false, plain and simple. Do not spread falsehoods about the Jewish religion, or anybody for that matter.
1. Human Sacrifice is contrary to Judaism in any form, as is the consumption of blood. The basis of this is from the Bible itself, Genesis and Leviticus among other books.
2. The Jews have never been a unified body like the Church. The practice of Judaism in each congregation is based on the interpretation of the local rabbi. Jews do not need to meet up with other congregations to fulfill the demands of their religion. Thus any ideas about secret meetings of ‘all the jews’ are unlikely, not to mention practically impossible for 13th century European Jews.
3. The Catholic Church has enough demons to fight in the devil, the flesh, and the world without making demons of the Jews. The splendor and integrity of the Faith (not to mention the salvation of souls) is in no way endangered if the story of Little Hugh is relegated to ‘prioresses’s tales’ where it belongs.
Learn about the history of Jewish blood libel here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_libel
Fortunately there actually exists a canonized 13th century St, Hugh of Lincoln, bishop and confessor, if you feel so inclined to ask his intercession. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_of_Lincoln
Vestment Embroidery Work of the Dominican Nuns of Galway
Santa Missa Tradicional na Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores em Brasília - Brasil.
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis Iosephi Ratzinger (1951)
En la festividad del santo, 21 de julio, nada mejor que esta imagen del pintor alemán Gebhard Fugel (1863-1939), titulado “El Niño Jesús se aparece a San Lorenzo de Brindisi durante la Misa”.
A Catholic Mass
Frescos of Carmelite Saints at Stella Maris Monastery located on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel
Source: Flickr / zatletic
The Sacred Vessels and Items of the Sanctuary
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