Miracles of the Eucharist

 

"For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible. For those who believe, no explanation is necessary."

 

Alatri, 1228

  A young woman who was attracted to a young man was told to bring a consecrated Host so a love potion could be made. She received Communion and walked home but felt so guilty she hid Our Lord in a corner of the house.

After a couple of days, she went to the Host only to find that it had turned the color of flesh. The parish priest was notified and took the Host to the Bishop. He wrote to Pope Gregory IX who in 1228 stated:

"...we should express our most heartfelt thanks to Him who, while always operating in wonderful ways in all His deeds, on some occasions works miracles and performs ever new wonders in order to recall sinners to penance, convert the wicked and confound the evil deeds of heretics by strengthening the faith of the Catholic Church, supporting its hope and enkindling its charity.

Therefore, dear brother, by this Apostolic letter, we provide that you inflict a lighter penance on the girl who, in our opinion, in committing such a serious sin, was driven more by weakness than wickedness, especially in consideration of the fact that she certainly repented sincerely when confessing her sin. However, against the instigator who, with her perversity, prompted the girl to commit the sacrilege, take those disciplinary measures that you think more suitable; also order her to pay a visit to all the neighboring bishops, to confess her sin to them and implore their forgiveness with devout submissiveness..."

The main portion of the Miraculous Host is exhibited twice yearly, on the first Sunday after Easter and the first Sunday after Pentecost.

In 1960, Bishop Facchini of Alatri broke the seal encasing the miracles and extracted the Host. He declared that it had the same appearance as in previous recognitions, that is, a piece of flesh which appeared to be slightly brown.

In 1978, the 750th anniversary of the Miracle, special celebrations were held to commemorate the event.

"I am the Bread of Life, your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died. This is the Bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of It and not die." (John 6:48-51)

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Augsburg, 1194

  This miracle occurred after a woman wanted to keep a Consecrated Host in her home. One morning she received the Eucharist but did not consume it. She took it home and sealed the Host in wax, creating a crude reliquary. She kept Our Lord in her home for five years but eventually felt so guilty that she told her parish priest.

Father Berthold, the local priest, was amazed to open the wax reliquary and was the first to notice that the Host had changed into what appeared to be flesh with clearly defined red streaks. The priest discussed the matter at length and they could better identify the character of the specimen if it were divided into two parts. To their amazement, they found it could not be separated as it was held together with thread-like veins. It was then decided that the specimen was the flesh of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Bishop Udalskolk carefully examined the miracle and ordered that the miraculous Host be returned to its original wax reliquary for transfer to the cathedral.

The miraculous Host and pieces of wax were then placed in a crystal container and have been kept under glass in perfect condition for nearly 800 years.

Each year on May 11, the observance of Fest des Wunderbarlichen, i.e., Feast of the Wonderful Miraculous Treasures is observed with solemn Masses and the wearing of special vestments.

Oh Lord, give us the grace to better understand and share the truth of Your Presence in the Eucharist. "Sanctify them in the truth, Thy word is truth." (John 17:17)

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Bagno di Romagna, 1412

  This Eucharistic miracle occurred in the small Italian town of Bagno di Romagna as a priest was celebrating Mass and having great doubts about the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. After consecrating the wine he looked into the chalice and was shocked to see wine turned to blood. It began to bubble out of the chalice and onto the corporal. Shaken by the event, the priest prayed for forgiveness. He eventually was given the title Venerable because of the pious life he led after the miracle.

In 1912 on the 500th anniversary a large celebration was held. In 1958 an investigation confirmed the Corporal contained human blood and still retained properties of blood nearly 600 years later.

Perhaps the blood was bubbling to show us that Jesus is alive in the Eucharist. We reflect on how we need to change after receiving Him, letting Jesus become alive in us and filling us with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Adapted with permission from personal communication and literature from Monsignor Alriero Rossi, Parrocchia 5. Maria Assunta in Bagno di Romagna, Italy.

 

Betania, 1991

  All the other miracles listed occurred several hundred years ago. But the miracle that occurred during Mass in Betania, Venezuela took place on the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1991. A Consecrated Host, truly the flesh of Our Lord, began to bleed. A subsequent medical team concluded that the material extruded from the Host was blood of human origin. The local bishop declared it a sign of transubstantiation saying, "God is trying to manifest to us that our faith in the consecrated Host is authentic."

Many other extraordinary events have occurred in Betania including numerous apparitions of the Blessed Mother witnessed by several thousand people, multiple physical and spiritual healings, and a mystic named Maria Esperanza who has the gifts of the stigmata, bilocution and levitation during prayer. The bishop himself has witnessed phenomena and wrote in a pastoral letter that after careful study had declared the apparitions authentic and of a supernatural character.

Perhaps Our Lord and Blessed Mother are saying to mankind that we need to place our trust in God, working for His kingdom and not for our egos, self-pride and personal glory. We are the light of the world and need to let others see us as a brilliant radiating light, as we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and should always give glory to God in heaven!

Adapted with permission from The Bridge to Heaven by Drew J. Mariani and Michael H. Brown. Marion Communications Ltd.

 

Blanot, 1331

  The little agricultural village of Blanot has never been featured on the maps of France. The French leaving Paris and the North seeking the sun of the South Coast could pass by year after year and never know that Blanot existed.

Nevertheless this tiny village was chosen to be honored by God with a miracle - The Miracle of The Eucharist. In the year 1331 the villagers arrived on foot or by horse to celebrate the Mass of Easter. The tiny church filled with the faithful and the Mass began. The sadness of Lent was past and all over the world Christians celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus. It is easy to imagine the beautiful wild flowers of the region that had been gathered and brought into the church to celebrate this wonderful morning.

"Jesus Christ is Risen Today - Halleluia!"

As the priest prepared the Host the altar boys stretched out the long white napkin to ensure that the precious Host would not fall to the floor. The congregation approached the altar, some with crossed hand extended and others who just offered their tongue to accept the Host. One woman, greatly moved by the moment and afraid that she would lose the Host, closed her lips too quickly and a tiny morsel of the Host dropped onto the napkin. To the amazement of the altar boys the tiny crumb of Bread turned into a red droplet!

As soon as the last of the faithful had received Our Lord, the altar boys hastened to tell the priest what had occurred. The priest took the napkin aside and washed it in pure water several times, and, although the water turned red, the trace kept reappearing and became wider. It did not wash out. The priest realized that the Blood was not going to wash off the cloth and he cut off the Blood-stained part and placed it in a monstrance.

Word of the miracle spread rapidly and on the Sunday after the fifteenth day of Easter, the Bishop of Autun, the nearest Diocese, came to Blanot with a retinue of other clergy to investigate. At the end of the inquiry the committee agreed unanimously that a miracle had occurred and the following year Pope John bestowed special indulgences on those who celebrated Mass at this church. Pilgrims came to Blanot from far afield. The napkin was kept in the church as a living sign of Godís love. Later the napkin was cut and the tiny precious relic was encased in a vial of crystal. Even through two world wars, the relic never left the village. In times of unrest it passed from house to house - being used from time to time for healing the sick. In times of peace it returned to its proper home within the walls of the church and there it remains today for pilgrims from all over the world to see and adore.

Written by Ann V. Brett of Blanot, France. Adapted and used with permission.

 

Bologna, 1333

  This miracle took place in 1333 in Bologna, Italy and occurred because a pious young girl of eleven had a burning desire to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist.

Imelda Lambertini was born of wealth and her father was Count Eagno Lambertini. She entered the Dominican Convent at age nine and was loved by the older nuns. She had a burning love at a very young age for Jesus in the Eucharist and wanted to receive Communion but was unable because she was not the required twelve years of age.

The Lord gave her a special gift on the Feast of the Ascension in 1333. While praying, a Host appeared suspended in mid-air in front of her. The priest was called and he gave her Holy Communion. She went into ecstasy and never awakened. She died while receiving her First Holy Communion!

Devotion to Blessed Imelda began and in the early 1900ís a community of Dominicans was started called the Dominican Sisters of the Blessed Imelda. They strive to spread love for the Eucharist and encourage Perpetual Adoration. Blessed Imeldaís incorrupt body lies in the church of San Sigismondo near the University of Bologna. Pope St. Pious X named her Protectress of First Holy Communicants.

Oh Lord, let us die to You daily and receive You in the Eucharist as if it were our last. Let us also become as little children, having that innocent love and complete childlike trust in Your love and mercy.

Adapted with permission from personal communication and literature from Rev. Don Giulo Melaguti, Rettore di S. Sigismondo, Via S. Sigismondo 7, Bologna, Italy.

 

Bordeaux, 1822

  After the French Revolution, there was renewed vigor for the faith and Bordeaux was blessed with several new religious communities. One of the new communities, The Holy Family of Bordeaux, was the site of this miracle.

The officiating priest at Benediction wrote in an official document that when exposing the Blessed Sacrament, he saw the Savior's - head, chest and arms in the middle of a circle that surrounded Him as a frame-like painting, but yet He looked alive. The Mother Superior also declared that she saw Jesus, as did the altar boy and several other witnesses. On the basis of these reports, the Archbishop of Bordeaux pronounced the Churchís recognition. Pope Leo XII soon affirmed the event and established the Feast of the Holy Family in commemoration of this event.

Each year in the houses of the Congregation of the Holy Family there are celebrations honoring the miracle and the single monstrance used the day of the miracle is always kept in a house of the order in Bordeaux.

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Boxtel - Hoogstraten, 1380

  The miracle occurred in Boxtel, Holland around 1379 in the Church of St. Peterís. During Consecration the priest, Father Van de Aker, lost his balance and spilled the contents of the chalice onto the corporal and altar cloth. For reasons unknown, he had used white wine for the Mass but what was on the corporal and altar cloth was rich, red blood, in color and substance!

After the Mass, the priest ran to the sacristy and began to wash the corporal and altar cloth, trying to get the red color out. Multiple attempts to clean the cloths were to no avail. Father Van der Aker put the cloth in a small valise and hid them. He confessed to his pastor on his deathbed of the event and showed him where he had hidden the sacred corporal and altar cloth, still stained red by the blood which had spilled on them.

Father Van der Aker died in 1379 and in 1380 Cardinal Pileo decreed that on the 25th day of June the Precious Blood relic was to be exposed once a year on that day.

In 1652, the miraculous corporal and altar cloth of the Precious Blood were transported to Hoogstraten, on the Belgium border. In 1924, the sacred corporal was returned to Boxtel but the miraculous altar cloth remains in Hoogstraten.

Even today there is a procession of the miracle in Boxtel on the Feast of the Trinity. The people never wavered in their zeal for their Lord in the Eucharist.

Adapted with permission from personal communication and literature from Rene Van Delm, Secretaris der H. Bloedstrichting, Par St. Catharina Vryheid 185, B 2320 Hoogstraten, Belgium.

 

Cascia, 1300's 

Cascia is a small town in the mountains of the Umbrian valley in Italy. It is the home of St. Rita of Cascia and her incorrupt body lies in the Major Basilica. Below in the Minor Basilica is the Eucharistic Miracle and the remains of Blessed Simone Fidati, a priest involved in the miracle. At the time of the miracle a certain priest had lost his respect for the Eucharist and when going on a call to administer the Holy Sacraments to an ailing peasant took a Consecrated Host and placed it irreverently between the pages of his breviary. When he opened the book, he saw that the Host had turned red with fresh blood and was impregnated with the two pages between which it had been placed!

The priest sought out for counsel Blessed Simone Fidati, a pious and respected priest of the time. He recognized the priestís error and gave him absolution. He took the two pages, putting one in a tabernacle in Perugia and keeping the other in Cascia. The miracle is particularly commemorated each year on the Feast of Corpus Christi in Cascia.

There are those who look at the bloodstained page and see the image of Christ. Oh Lord, give us all the vision to see You in the Eucharist and to come to know You in the breaking of the bread.

Adapted with permission from personal communication and literature from Mother Abbess Sister Maria Andreina Donato, Monastero St. Rita Agostiniana, Cascia, Italy.

 

Daroca, 1239

This city in Spain is not the site but the home of this Eucharistic miracle that occurred during wartime between the Spanish and Saracens in the thirteenth century.

As was custom prior to battle, six Spanish commanders attended Mass and Confession prior to battle. On the outskirts of town they were caught off guard by a surprise Saracens attack. The priest wrapped the six Consecrated Hosts in a corporal and hid them while the Spaniards fought back. After the conflict, which the Spanish won, the priest went to the site and found the Hosts had disappeared leaving six blood stains. Credit for their victory was given to Our Lord through this Eucharistic miracle.

Each commander wanted the corporal venerated in his own town and in three different draws, the city of Daroca was picked. Two commanders disagreed and a compromise was suggested. The corporal would be placed on the back of a Saracen mule who would wander as he willed and where he stopped would be the resting place and home of the corporal. The mule stopped in the city of Daroca. Blood in the corporal has been analyzed and is of human blood.

Oh Lord, give us a deeper comprehension of Your death on the cross and victory over Satan just as the Spanish were victorious over the Saracens.

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

Faverney, 1608

This unique miracle does not involve a Host that turned to flesh or bled but one that defied the law of gravity. This miracle occurred after the Reformation and the fervor of the faithful was not as it should have been. In 1608 the services of Pentecost Sunday, May 25, were attended by a full church and at nightfall two oil lamps were left burning before the Blessed Sacrament which was left exposed during the night in a single monstrance.

The following day a sacristant opened the doors. He saw smoke and realized there was a fire. Efforts were made to extinguish the flames and it was noticed that the monstrance was suspended in midair. News spread and many believers and skeptics came to witness the spectacle. Priests took turns offering Holy Mass while more witnesses came to see the miracle. On the morning of Tuesday, May 27, during Mass at the time of the Consecration, the Host descended to the altar brought in to replace the one destroyed by fire.

An inquiry was made and 54 depositions were obtained from priests, monks, peasants, and villagers. On July 30, 1608 the Archbishop declared it to be a miracle.

Of interest was the fact that the altar, altar linens, and ornaments were destroyed and one of the chandeliers was found melted from the heat. Despite this, the monstrance was not damaged. The sworn statements from witnesses are still preserved in the church. A marble slab was installed beneath the site of the suspended Host and inscribed are the words "Lieu Du Miracle, i.e., Place of the Miracle."

 

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Ferrara, 1171

  It was in the church of St. Mary of the Ford in Ferrara, Italy that this miracle took place over 800 years ago. The miracle occurred on Easter Sunday during the Consecration when at the moment the Host was broken into two parts, all present were shocked to see a stream of blood spurt from the Host. There was so much blood that it sprayed onto a semi-circular vault that was situated behind and above the altar. Not only did the witnesses see the blood, they also saw that the Host had turned to flesh.

The local Bishop of Ferrara and Archbishop Gherardo of Revenna came and saw the blood and the Host turned to flesh and declared that this was the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Pope Eugenio IV and Pope Benedict XIV recognized the miracle and Pope Pious IX visited the miracle in 1857 and noted that the drops of blood were similar to those of the miracle of Orvieto and Bolsena (See 8.17)

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Hasselt, 1317

  A priest was visiting a man of the village who was ill. He took a Host in a ciborium and placed the ciborium on a table while he went to another room to speak to the ill man and his family. A man in the state of mortal sin removed the cover of the ciborium, touched the Host and picked it up. At once the Host began to bleed. The priest entered the room and was astonished to see the bleeding Host.

The priest brought the Host back to his pastor who advised him to carry the miraculous Host to the church of the Cistercian nuns at Herkenrode about 30 miles away.

As soon as the priest approached the altar at the convent and placed the Host on it, a vision of Christ adorned with thorns was seen by all priests. Because of the miraculous Host and the vision, Herkenrode quickly became a famous place of pilgrimage in Belgium.

In 1804, the Host was taken to the Church on San Quentin in Hasselt, where the miraculous Host of 1317 still remains in excellent condition.

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Lanciano, 700ís A.D.

  Lanciano is a small coastal town on the Adriatic Sea in Italy. The term means "the lance" and tradition has it that Saint Longinus, the soldier whose lance pierced the heart of Jesus from which flowed blood and water (John 19:34) was from Lanciano. Longinus converted after the events of the crucifixion and was eventually martyred for the faith.

At the time of this Eucharistic miracle heresy was spreading in the Church about the true presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. A monk was having doubts and his doubts were growing stronger. One morning during Mass at the Consecration, he began to shake and tremble and faced the people to show them what had happened.

The Host had turned to Flesh and the wine into Blood!

This miracle took place nearly 1300 years ago and is ongoing. In the 1500ís testing was done and revealed the flesh to be human heart tissue and the blood of human origin, both AB blood type. The blood had characteristics of living blood and no preservatives of any kind were found in either specimen. We ponder the miracle of Lanciano and Sacred Scripture:

So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you: he who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53:54)

Excite in us hunger and thirst for your Eucharistic food, Lord, so that in following You and tasting Your heavenly bread, we may come to enjoy eternal life.

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Macerata, 1356

  There are a few records available concerning this Eucharistic miracle and the story written on a parchment dating to the 14th century still exists.

This miracle centers around a debate dating centuries before and written about by St. Thomas Aquinas; that is, whether Our Lord remained equally in the Consecrated Host after broken by the priest, who puts a small piece in the chalice with the Consecrated Wine.

The miracle occurred after the priest broke the large Host. Blood began pouring out of the Host into the chalice and out on to the corporal and the altar cloth. The priest later went to the bishop who approved the miraculous event and the corporal is venerated yearly in the town the Sunday after Pentecost. Today it is kept under the altar in the Cathedral of Macerata.

Oh Lord, we recall Your words in John 6:35:

"I am the Bread of Life, he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Middleburg - Louvain, 1374

  In 1374, a young man went to Communion with serious sin on his soul. As the Host was placed on his tongue it turned to Flesh and he was unable to swallow. Blood fell from his lips and stained the cloth draped over the communion rail. The priest reacted and removed the Host and placed it in a vessel on the altar.

Details of the miracle spread throughout Belgium and the miraculous Host was transferred 700 miles away to Cologne. An elaborate ostensorium was made. One of the parts and a piece of bloodstained cloth was transported to Louvain where a new reliquary was crafted.

The part of the miraculous Host kept in Louvain is slightly brown and perfectly distinguishable as flesh. It is kept in a reliquary fashioned in 1803. All the important papers and examinations of the relics are kept in the archives of the Church of St. Jacques.

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Orvieto and Bolsena, 1263

  This miracle occurred when a heresy in the Church called Berengarianism was rampant in Europe and which denied the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.

A priest was on a pilgrimage to Rome to ask for strength in his vocation and to remove his doubts about the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. On his way he stopped at Bolsena, a small town north of Rome.

During Mass in Bolsena at the consecration as the priest said, "This is My Body," the Host began to bleed profusely. The priest took the corporal and wrapped up the bleeding Host, although blood fell on the marble floor in front of the altar. He immediately took it to Pope Urban IV who was in nearby Orvieto at the time. The Holy Father declared that a Eucharistic miracle had occurred which dispelled the heresy of Berengarianism.

The Holy Father also created a new feast, the Feast of Corpus Christi, to commemorate the Miracle of Bolsena. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote two hymns, "O Salutaris" and "Tantum Ergo," which are still sung today.

The bloodstained marble tiles are kept in Bolsena and the bloodstained corporal in Orvieto.

Adapted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

 

Pezilla-la-Riviere, 1793

 

In September, 1793, the Miracle of the Eucharist of Pezilla-la-Riviere occurred, coinciding with the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.

The Revolution and wave of anti-Catholicism was spreading rapidly and religious were being hunted by police. In the church were five Consecrated Hosts, one large Host was taken to the home of Jean Bonafas while the four smaller Hosts in a pyx were entrusted to Rose Llorens. Jean placed the Host in a wood chest and hid it under the floor of his house, while Rose placed the Hosts in a glass cup with a lid which was then placed in a red silk purse.

During the final days of the Revolution and nearly seven years later, the four Hosts were removed from the glass cup and a dark brown band had formed around the outer edge of the jar. Several days later the wooden chest was opened and the large Host was still inside the Monstrance, as beautiful and white as it was when placed there years earlier. The Hosts were left in their incorrupt state until 1930. At that time the incorrupt Hosts were placed in a newly constructed tabernacle behind the main altar of the church. For unclear reasons, the Hosts decomposed and Our Lord in this miracle is no longer present.

Adapted with permission from personal communication and literature from Eugene Cortade, 66370 Pezilla-la-Riviere.

 

Santarem, 1247

  A woman whose husband was unfaithful sought advice from a sorceress who promised he would change his ways if she brought her a Consecrated Host. The sorceress told her to feign an illness so she could receive Communion during the week and bring her the Host. The woman knew this was wrong but went to Communion and did not consume Our Lord. She left Mass and on the way to the sorceress, the Host began to bleed. Several people noticed and thought the woman was bleeding. Fear overcame her and she went home and put the Host in a trunk wrapped in her handkerchief and covered with clean linen.

During the night she and her husband were awakened by a bright light coming from the trunk which illuminated the room. Angels had opened the trunk and freed Our Lord from the handkerchief. The wife told her husband of the incident and that the trunk contained a Consecrated Host. Both spent the night on their knees in adoration. A priest was called and took the Host back to the church and sealed it in melted beeswax.

Nineteen years later a priest opened the tabernacle and noticed the wax container had broken and the Host sealed in a crystal pyx. The miracle, now 750 years old in 1997, will be celebrated with much festivity in Santarem.

We may ask why the Lord gives us these miracles and perhaps it is to show how present He is in the Eucharist and how much He loves us. He desires that all of us, even the lost sheep, come back to the fold and that He loves us even when we sin. He is the God of Mercy and Love and wants us to share that Love and Mercy with others.

Adapted with permission from The Study and Story of the Relics and Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem by Carlos Evaristo;1992.

 

 

Siena, 1730

The weekend of the Feast of the Assumption in Siena, Italy in 1730 was the occasion for this Eucharistic miracle. Siena is a beautiful city known for its rich history of art and culture and is the birthplace of St. Catherine and St. Bernadine of Siena.

Thieves broke into the church and stole the gold ciborium containing 351 Consecrated Hosts. When it was realized what had happened, all events of the day were halted and prayers recited for the safe return of the Consecrated Hosts. Three days later, they were found protruding from the church poor box and the count was correct.

The Hosts containing Our Lord were cleaned and then processed slowly back to the church where They were venerated. The Hosts were not consumed at that time. Years went by and periodically Hosts were consumed and were always found to be fresh.

In 1850 the bishop ordered testing which determined the Hosts to be fresh. They also checked unconsecrated hosts put in an airtight box in 1789 and little was left of them.

Oh Lord, help us come to understand that You are truly present in the Eucharist, just as You said in Sacred Scripture.

Adopted with permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Cruz, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers. Photograph used with permission by P. Antonio Giannini, Director of "II Tesoro Eucaristico," Basilica di San Francesco, Siena, Italy.

 

 

Trani, 1000

  In the time of this Eucharistic Miracle there was a Jewish woman who hated the Catholic Church. The Church of St. Anna was originally a synagogue but at this time was a Catholic Church where converted Jews worshipped. Holy Thursday, the night the Sacrament of the Eucharist was instituted, was the night of this miracle.

The woman had convinced another woman, a lapsed Catholic, to bring her a Consecrated Host. After receiving Holy Communion, the woman did not consume the Host but took it to the Jewish sorceress for a sum of money. She went to her kitchen stove and filled a pot with oil. When the oil was boiling she threw the Host into the pan. To her shock and amazement, the Host turned to flesh and began to bleed profusely.

The woman was terrified as Blood continued to pour out of the pan. Neighbors came over to see why she was screaming and she shared with them what had happened. Several women ran for the pastor who came and saw the Blood. He took the Flesh out of the pot and brought it back to the Cathedral of Trani. A beautiful ornate silver monstrance was designed for the Lord, and in the center of the reliquary is a crystal lunette containing the two particles of the fried Host. The color of the larger portion of the Host is dark brown and the blood-soaked Host is incorrupt and can be seen and venerated in the cathedral.

The miracle was probed and analyzed for centuries and in 1384, Pope Urban VI went to Trani and declared that the Host was miraculously preserved. It is a beautiful tribute to the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Adapted with permission from personal communication and literature from Rev. Guisseppe Curci, Via Fiume, Trani, Italy.

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