The Greatest Devotion of Our Times
Jesus and Mary speak to Barnabas Nwoye:
Sister Mary Martha Chambon, a French nun who died in the odour of sanctity in 1907, prophesied that the Church’s final victory over the kingdom of darkness would be hastened by a more vigorous devotion to the Five Wounds and the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. In other words, just like all the other great private devotions, such as the Sacred Heart, Infant of Prague or the Divine Mercy, a specific devotion to the Precious Blood was needed.
True and timely enough, this devotion of all devotions has at last been inaugurated by our Lord Himself. Of all places in the world, this took place in Nigeria, one of Africa’s most populous countries. Nigeria boasts of a teeming Christian community of diverse confessions of which Catholics are the majority, exceeding twenty-five million.
From the remote town of Olo, in Enugu State in the southeast comes Barnabas Nwoye, second-year university student of Engineering, to whom our Lord Jesus Christ has given nearly six hundred Messages since 1995. Ever since, the messages have been streaming in from not only our Lord, but from the Blessed Mother Mary and a host of Angels and Saints such as St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Uriel (another archangel who stands with six others before God) St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Pio, St. Gertrude, St. Jude Thaddaeus and many others. On several occasions he has seen the Blessed Trinity simultaneously blessing congregations, as priests pronounce the final blessing at Mass. A set number of the messages were powerful prayers with attached promises and gifts, dictated by Jesus to the young visionary from the Monstrance at Benediction. These prayers and promises constitute the Precious Blood devotion and carry the imprimatur of Bishop Ayo Maria, O.P. of Ilorin diocese, Kwara State. Many have since come to be favorably impressed with the messages of Barnabas and have enjoyed the spiritual gifts of the devotion given to him by Heaven.
From this small town in Nigeria, Jesus and Mary bring to the world the Precious Blood Devotion – the devotion to save humanity and the church from the Great Chastisement.
Barnabas Nwoye was born on January 28, 1978, the last of four surviving children. As a teenager, he was drawn to a love for the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary and joined the Block Rosary Crusade in 1994. His devotion to Our Lady continued to grow and heightened in 1995 when he made his consecration to the Immaculate Heart and joined the Blue Army of our Lady. It was Barnabas’ prayer partners who recognized his potential as he went around reviving fallen Rosary centers in the town of Olo. As a result, Barnabas was made President of the Blue Army in 1995.
It was not until the month of July 1995 that Barnabas would start to experience strange inner locutions slightly reminiscent of the call of young Samuel (I Samuel, ch. 3). Barnabas relates the story back to secondary school in July 1995 at 17 years of age. “I was preparing for my class examination, when I heard a voice calling me, ‘Barnabas, Barnabas.’ I turned to see who was calling me but couldn’t find anything. I looked at my watch; it was a minute after 3pm (Hour of Divine Mercy.) As I was puzzling over the call, I started hearing a song Blood of Jesus. At the end of the prayer ‘they’ repeated the song. After the song, I heard the second call, ‘Barnabas, console Me, adore My Precious Blood. I am the Agonizing Jesus Christ.’ Immediately the whole episode passed. I recovered myself and wondered what this might be.”
This incident was to repeat itself over and over again with the same statement for the next few days. Barnabas decided eventually to inform one of his sisters, who would be sympathetic to his distress. She advised him to write whatever was heard into a notebook. Barnabas obeyed. Then a long period of silence followed where Barnabas did not experience any visions.
Revelation of the Devotion
It was not until July 5, 1996, that Barnabas would experience any spiritual encounters. While in morning prayers, Barnabas fell into a deep trance and found himself experiencing the first ever Passion of our Lord.
“The Spirit led me to encounter the whole suffering of Jesus Christ from Gethsemane to His burial. After the whole thing, a cloud came down and covered the whole place. In the cloud appeared the bare head of Jesus Christ crowned with thorns. Blood bathed His holy face. He raised up His face and calmly said, ‘Barnabas, I am the Agonizing Jesus. Console Me, adore My Precious Blood. Consecrate your life to My Precious Blood and make constant reparation for the sins committed against My Blood.”’
Our Lord then handed Barnabas a Chaplet saying, “Take this.” Barnabas then received the Chaplet and was instructed that this was the Chaplet of the Precious Blood.
Our Lord taught the accompanying prayers and invocations and made twelve promises to those who prayed the Chaplet, which included an indulgence of four years to anyone who taught it to another person, freedom for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and protection from sudden death. Barnabas, bemused by what was said, asked, “My Lord, people will not believe me and the Church will not welcome it. What shall I do to make it known to the world?”
Our Lord simply replied, “Barnabas, fear not about the spread of the devotion. Only offer your life to me. Be humble and obedient to the Church. Surrender to every cross and offer it for My consolation … Barnabas the way is very hard, you will pass the hour of dryness and confusion, some will complain on the way. There are some who will give up their faith. My son, remain faithful and obedient to My command, I promise to lead you to the Land of Promise.”
Barnabas posed some questions for those who would want to know more about the Chaplet, “Lord may I ask why the small beads are twelve and the big bead is one and they pray Our Father and Hail Mary. If people ask me, what shall I tell them?”
Expiating on the prayers attached to the Chaplet, Jesus said, “Barnabas, each small bead represents a tribe of Israel. As you recite the chaplet, My Precious Blood will convert the whole Israel, I mean the whole world. Barnabas each time you pray Our Father and one Hail Mary in every decade of the chaplet, you honor the mystical wounds, pains and Precious Blood of the Agonizing and sorrowful hearts of Son and His Mother. I assure you many wounds shall be healed. My Mother and I will be consoled. The mercy of the Father will multiply. The Holy Spirit will rest on you and My Precious Blood will flow.”
The Messages and Prayers
Heavenly warnings now echo our world as many of today’s visionaries have been told of the final showdown between good and evil, which have become more abundant than ever. Jesus and Mary speak of their pain at seeing how our world is walking to its own perdition by selling itself to sin. The Bible has predicted our age in the book of Joel, where the Lord had promised that preceding His day of anger, there would be a surge in the number of messengers warning of this impending disaster (Joel 2: 28-32). Also, St. Paul’s admonition to never despise messages inspired by the Holy Spirit towards the Second Coming (1 Thessalonians 5: 19-21) is also pertinent to our times.
Our Lord said on November 12, 1999 in a lengthy appeal, “My agony is great when I see the millions of souls who depart daily and nearly all go to Hell because of sins of the flesh. My son, I suffer more greatly for the flow of blood of unborn babies that increases every day. Their blood disturbs heaven more than the blood of Abel.” Readers will remember that Our Lady had stated to the shepherd visionaries of Fatima in 1917, that the sin that sends the most souls to Hell is the sin of the flesh. Lamentations about the state of the Church were also frequent. In the same message of the November 12, our Lord also said, “Son, disastrous abomination has filled the Church, sitting up in the holy place.” Here Jesus condemned primarily modernist reforms, particularly the distribution of Holy Communion by non-priests, Communion received in the hand and various grievances at Mass such as dancing, clapping, profane choruses, not kneeling at the consecration etc. These messages are meant to warn and correct the modernists, as this is the period of grace.