The Bread of Life
"I am the living bread from heaven. If anyone eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world".
The host transformed into flesh
Human intelligence is hard to believe that the bread and wine can be transformed into real flesh and real blood of Jesus, for in the act of consecration is nothing visible under the eyes of humans, while faith leads to firmly believe in the words of Jesus.
Eucharistic Miracles confirm precisely the words of Jesus and, in fact, strengthen the faith and demonstrate the real presence of the Body and Blood of the Lord in the Eucharistic bread.
These facts prodigious challenge our rationality that finds it hard to surrender to the supernatural, but to God nothing is impossible nor that "In the bread to be concealed from the humanity of Jesus."
Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, 700 d.C.
Ancient Anxanum the Frentani keep for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church.
This miracle happened in seconds. VIII d. C., in the little church of San Legonziano, for the doubt of a Monaco basilica in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. During the celebration of Holy Mass, without the double consecration, the host became live Flesh and wine changed into live Blood, clotted blood cells into five irregular and different shapes and sizes.
The Host-Flesh, as now it looks very good, has great size of the host currently in use in the Latin Church, is slightly brown and goes all rosy when viewed through.
Blood is coagulated, ashen color, to yellow-ocher. The meat, from 1713, is preserved in a silver monstrance artistic, finely chiselled, the Neapolitan school. Blood is contained in a phial of rich and ancient rock crystal.
The Friars Minor Conventual keeps the miracle since 1252, at the behest of the bishop of Chieti, Landulfo, and with papal bull of 12.5.1252.
Previously it had succeeded the Basilian monks until 1176 and the Benedictines until 1252.
In 1258 the Franciscans built the current sanctuary, which, in 700, underwent the transformation from Romanesque - Gothic baroque.
The "Miracle" was first placed in a chapel beside the high altar, then, from 1636, in a side altar of the nave, which retains its old case and the wrought iron memorial inscription.
Since 1902 the "miracle" is kept in the second tabernacle altar monument, built by Lanciano, in the middle of the chancel.
At various reconnaissance Church, conducted since 1574, followed in 1970-1971 and taken over in 1981, the scientific one, accomplished by Professor Edward Linoli, Lecturer in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy, assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli University of Siena. The analysis, carried out with absolute scientific rigor and documented by a series of photographs under the microscope, gave these results: The Flesh is real Flesh. Blood is real Blood. Flesh and Blood belong to the human species. Flesh is a "HEART" complete in its essential structure. In the flesh are present, in section, the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve, and for the significant thickness of the myocardium, the left heart ventricle. Flesh and Blood have the same blood type: AB.
Blood proteins have been found normally divided by the relative percentages which are under serum proteins in normal fresh blood. Blood was also found minerals: Chloride, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium and Calcium.
The preservation of the Flesh and Blood miraculous left in their natural state for twelve centuries and an exposed to physical agent, atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.
In conclusion it can be said that Science, summoned, gave a definite answer and thorough about the authenticity of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano.
Miracle Eucarisitico Alatri Italy, 1228
Alatri it still preserves the relic of the Eucharistic miracle occurred in 1228. The Cathedral of St. Paul holds a fragment of particles converted to meat. A young woman, to win back the love of her boyfriend turned to a witch.
This commands her to steal a consecrated Host to make a love potion. During a Mass the girl manages to take a Host hiding in a cloth, but came home he realizes that the Host turned into bleeding flesh.
This miracle is talking about numerous documents, including the Bull of Gregory IX. (13 March 1228).
The most authoritative witness to this miracle lies in the Bull Fraternitas tuæ, written by Pope Gregory IX (13 March 1228) (13 March 1228) in response to the Bishop of Alatri, John V.
Gregory Bishop Servant of the Servants of God al Ven Brother Bishop of Alatri Health and Apostolic Blessing.
Here is the text of the Papal Bull:
We have received your letter, dear brother, telling us how young some suggestions from the bad advice of an evil woman, having received from the priest the Sacred Body of Christ, kept him in the mouth until the moment when, seized the opportunity favorable, it could hide in a cloth, where after three days, found the same Body, which had received in the form of bread, turned into flesh, as everyone can still see with his own eyes. Because one and the other woman you have everything humbly revealed, you want our opinion on the punishment to be imposed on offenders. First, we give thanks with all our strength to him who, while working in everything so wonderful, but occasionally repeated miracles and gives rise to new wonders, so that strengthen faith in the truths of the Catholic Church sustain hope, rekindling love, calls sinners, convert the wicked and confound the wickedness of heretics.
Therefore, dear brother, in the midst of this apostolic letter, have you impose a more lenient punishment for the young, which we believe has committed the criminal act for more weakness than of malice, especially as it is to believe that it is sufficiently repentant in confessing sin.
Then the instigator, who with his perversion pushed to commit sacrilege, after applying those disciplinary measures that we believe should be assigned to your policy requires that by visiting bishops closer, humbly confess his crime, begging, with devout submission, forgiveness."
The Pope portrayed the episode as a sign against the widespread heresies about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and the two women forgave repentant. On the occasion of the 750th anniversary will be minted a commemorative coin that represents a face in front of the Cathedral, the shrine having the top of the Host incana; the other side, the figure of the bust of Pope Gregory with the papal bull.
Eucharistic Miracle of Augsburg, Germany, 1194
In 1194, a lady of Augsburg particularly devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, having communicated put the host into a handkerchief, came home he put the host into a shell of wax inside a cupboard.
After five years the woman tormented by guilt proved the superior of the convent of Heilig Kreuz, Father Berthold, the sacrilegious act which became deliver the Host when the priest opened the envelope with wax that enveloped the particular, saw this had turned into bleeding flesh. The Host is presented "divided into two parts connected with each other through the thin threads of bleeding flesh."
The priest reported the incident immediately to the bishop of the city, Udalskalk who ordered that the Host was wonderful 'transferred, accompanied by the clergy and people in the Dome and exposed in a monstrance of glass for public worship. The host, exposed to the faithful in the cathedral, extraordinarily began to rise and swell and this phenomenon lasted from Easter Day until the feast of St. John the Baptist, before the eyes of all. Later, the Bishop Udalskalk did bring up the Host in the convent of Heilig Kreuz, and decided that, "in memory of an event so memorable and extraordinary", celebrated each year was a special celebration in honor of the Holy Relic. In 1200, the Earl of Rechber, donated to the Augustinian Fathers a treasure of silver rectangular, provided with an opening front, during which he placed the Host of the miracle.
Over the centuries various analysis were done on the particular which have always maintained that it is flesh and blood human being. Today the Monastery of Heilig Kreuz is guarded by the Dominican Fathers.
Eucharistic Miracle of Middleburg-Leuven Belgium, 1374
This Eucharistic miracle dates from the year 1347. In the church of San Pietro, in Muiddeburg, was transformed during the consecrated Host during the communion of flesh bleeding, the Augustinian Fathers of Leuven keep up to now a part of the Host.
The Monaco Jean of Gheest, confessor of the Archbishop who approved the cult, said the donation of the same part of the relics. The other part is in the Church of San Pietro, in Middleburg.
In 1374 a servant named Jean, who for many years does not confess, despite leading a dissolute life, was asked by the lady to whom he was serving, to go to Mass during Lent.
With the other servants took part in the Eucharistic Mass at the Church of San Pietro a Middeblurg when it came time to communicate, the wretch approached lightly altar, with his greatest astonishment at the consecrated Host on the tongue that got turned into meat bleeding, Jean disturbed immediately pulled out of his mouth was bleeding and the particular that the blood fell on the cloth that covered the altar railing.
The priest and the miraculous Host emotion he put on a tray inside the Tabernacle and the servant turned confessed before all, his great sin, and converted, then led an exemplary life manifesting a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
Eucharistic Miracle of Cimballa Spain, 1370
In 1370, the parish priest of Cinballa during celebrazone Sunday Mass was assailed by serious doubts about the real presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The moment of consecration Don Thomas saw with dismay the Host turned into real flesh and from this began to spill so much blood spills on the corporal.
The incident strengthened the wavering faith of the priest celebrant who repenting, he retired to a monastery to devote himself to a life of penance and prayer.
The relic was carried in procession and so the news spread everywhere. Many were the miracles attributed to the "Santísimo Misterio doubt" that since it was always the object of great devotion by the faithful.
Every year, September 12th, we celebrate the memory of the miracle in the parish church where he still keeps the relic of the body stained with blood.