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Pie Pellicane

In St Thomas Aquinas’s Eucharistic poem, Adoro Te devote, he writes: “O true pelican, Lord Jesus, cleanse me, who am unclean, in your blood, one drop of which would be enough to wash the whole world …More
In St Thomas Aquinas’s Eucharistic poem, Adoro Te devote, he writes: “O true pelican, Lord Jesus, cleanse me, who am unclean, in your blood, one drop of which would be enough to wash the whole world of all its defilement.” The reference to Christ as a pelican is based on the medieval belief that pelicans fed their young with their life-blood, thus making them a fitting symbol of Christ feeding us with the Holy Eucharist. Hence, above the entrance to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Westminster Cathedral, which is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus, there is an image of the pelican shedding its life-giving blood. Traditionally July is the month dedicated to the Precious Blood because the feast was on 1st July (now combined with Corpus Christi). Today, 1 July, is now observed as the feast of the Dedication of Westminster Cathedral.

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