Eucharistic Miracles – Facts, Research, Videos
“This is my Body which will be given up for you…”
Throughout Christian history, our Lord has shown us that he is really present as the Blessed Sacrament. Most Eucharistic miracles involve incidences in which the Host has “turned into human flesh and blood”. Of course we as Catholics believe that the consecrated Host is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord, under the appearances of bread and wine. Therefore, Jesus, through these miracles, merely manifests His Presence in a more tangible way.
Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.‘” (Jn 20:27-29)
“Take this, all of you, and eat it: This is my body, which will be given up for you.” Then he lifts the cup and says, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.”
The doctrine of transubstantiation, which is the teaching that bread and wine are converted into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, is difficult for many to understand. When Christ first told his followers of it, many rejected him believing it was an outrageous claim. But Jesus did not back down, he did not try and clarify his statement or correct their misunderstanding. He simply repeated his command to the disciples at the Last Supper. “This is My Body…. This is My Blood. Some Christians today still have trouble accepting this teaching and don’t quite understand it. The bread and wine turn into the Body and Blood of Christ. A physical sign of the new covenant between God and Man, reminded through the sacrifice of Christ, that redemption can be had.
Throughout history, though, many people have reported miracles that brought them back to the truth. The Church has recognized over one hundred Eucharistic miracles, many of which occurred during times of weakened faith in transubstantiation.
Some Modern Eucharistic Miracles
Excerpted with permission from Daniel Sanford
The Bleeding Host Miracle occurred in Betania, Venezuela on December 8th, 1991 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) during the celebration of the Holy Mass at midnight. The celebrant, Father Otty Ossa Aristiza`bal, the Betania Chaplain, had just finished the Consecration, had broken the large Host into four pieces, and took one piece of the Host for his consumption and placed the remaining portions on the plate on the altar. When he looked down at the remaining Host, to his amazement he saw a red substance coming out of it which he described as if it was spurting from a wound. He placed the Host in a Chalice and put it in the Tabernacle until 6 a.m. the next morning. When he looked at it again it was still bleeding, so he placed it in a Monstrance and took it to show the people at Mass. Eyewitnesses saw the Host bleeding and blood accumulating on the bottom of the Monstrance. Some filmed it on their camcorders. Bishop Ricardo of Los Teques was advised, and he had the Host tested in Caracas. He was told that the red substance was IN FACT human blood. Subsequently, the Miraculous Host was taken to the convent of the Augustinian Nuns in Los Teques for safekeeping, adoration, and visitation by pilgrims.
Daniel Sanford of New Jersey journeyed to Betania, Venezuela from 11/12/98 til 11/15/98 on a pilgrimage with an organized Prayer Group from Medford Lakes, NJ. On 11/13/98, as part of the pilgrimage, they went to see the Bleeding Host of Betania at the Chapel of the Augustinian Nuns in Los Teques. Our Spiritual Director, Father Mazzarella, said Daily Mass. When we finished, he opened the Tabernacle door, which contained the Bleeding Host. The Host was in flames, bleeding, and there was a pulsating heart bleeding in the center of the Host. The Group watched this for about 30 seconds or so, then the Host returned to normal. HOWEVER, Daniel did manage to film this miracle with his camcorder!There were 10-15 other people standing next to me also taking still pictures, but, they saw nothing, and nothing was recorded on their pictures except the normal condition of the Host, seen everyday.I rewound the film right away and played it back to all present, including the Nuns, the Tour Guide, and the Bus Driver, and the tape revealed the Host just as I saw it: burning, bleeding, and a pulsating heart in the middle!The tape was sent to the Bishop of Los Teques, Pio Bello S.J. Bishop Emeritus of Los Teques asking his advice as to what to do with the Video Vision I was given. You can view his Letter of Response on the left in the Directory.
When I spoke to him, I informed him that I would be in strict obedience to his advice and hoped what I witnessed was not just my mind playing tricks on me. His response was that “you can fool the mind, but the camera only films what it sees!”. He advised me to evangelize the True Presence, and this has been my ministry since 11/13/98 and WILL be until my last breath.
If you would like a copy of this Miraculous Videotape, simply send me your name and address at:
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Results of all the scientific experimentation and testing of the Eucharistic Miracles below…
The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs. These analyses sustained the following conclusions:
- The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood.
- The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species.
- The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart.
- In the Flesh we see present in section: the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and also the left ventricle of the heart for the large thickness of the myocardium.
- The Flesh is a “HEART” complete in its essential structure.
- The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood-type: AB (Blood-type identical to that which Prof. Baima Bollone uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin).
- In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of the fresh normal blood.
- In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.
- The preservation of the Flesh and of the Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.
Argentina Miracle of the Host (Pope Francis as a Cardinal ordered Scientific Forensics on the Host) –
Back in 1996, when Pope Francis was formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, a miracle of the Host occurred in Buenos Aires. On August 18, 1996, three days after the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, a woman came up to Fr. Alejandro Pezet after Holy Mass in a local church, and pointed to a discarded Host on a candleholder at the back of the church. Unable to consume the Host, Fr. Pezet put it in a container with water and placed it inside the tabernacle.
Argentina-miracle-of-the HostOn August 26, a week later, as he opened the tabernacle, he saw that the Host had turned blood red. He informed Bergoglio, who immediately had it photographed. On September 6, the photographs revealed that the Host “had become a fragment of bloodied flesh and had grown significantly in size”. For years, the Host was kept secretly in the tabernacle. On October 5, 1999, Bergoglio, now an Archbishop, seeing that the Host did not decompose, sent it for scientific analysis in New York City through his representative Dr. Castanon.
Dr. Castanon purposely did not give any background about the Host to Dr. Frederic Zugiba, a well-known cardiologist and forensic pathologist, who did the examination. His findings revealed the it was “real flesh and blood and containing human DNA. Zugiba testified that the material was a fragment of the heart muscle responsible for contraction to supply blood to all parts of the body.
Dr. Zugiba reported that the examined material was inflamed flesh containing a lot of white blood cells, indicating that the heart was alive at the time the sample was taken. Dr. Zugiba added that white blood cells would die in a matter of minutes if the heart was no longer alive and functioning. The white blood cells had penetrated the tissue, indicating that the heart had been under severe stress, as if the owner had a trauma of being beaten on the chest. This reminds us of the pain and trauma of the Crucifixion of our Lord.
Finally informed that it was a Host, Dr. Zugiba was shocked and said, “How and why a consecrated Host would change its character and become living human flesh and blood will remain an inexplicable mystery to science.”
St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, Utah – Closed – Non-Miracle- November 2015
The Salt Lake City Diocese took the host and appointed a committee to look into the incident.
The head of the committee, Monsignor M. Francis Mannion, issued this statement Wednesday 12/16/2015 on the conclusion of the investigation:
The work of an investigative committee proceeded as follows:
At Saint Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, Utah, on the weekend of November 14-15 of 2015, it was alleged that a host consecrated a week earlier at the 1:30 p.m. Mass on November 8 appeared to be bleeding. The host was publicly displayed at the Parish Masses. In the wake of the excitement generated by the premature and imprudent public display and veneration of the host, an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter was appointed on November 19, 2015 by the Administrator of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Monsignor Colin F. Bircumshaw. This ad hoc committee included individuals with expertise in Catholic theology, canon law, molecular biology and ministry.
The committee took into careful consideration all the events as reported by Reverend Eugenio Yarce, Pastor at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, Utah, and the numerous narratives offered by parishioners. A crucial element of these events was the fact that the host in question was left unprotected and unattended in a dish of water from approximately November 8 – 14, 2015.
In an expeditious but careful manner the committee enlisted the services of a competent and credible scientist to conduct controlled testing of the host. Great care was taken to ensure the reverent handling of the consecrated host throughout the scientific examination. Upon completion of the prescribed tests, the scientist, with the assistance of a blind observer, concluded that the observed change in the host could be satisfactorily and conclusively explained by natural causes, namely the growth of what is commonly known as “red bread mold,” or red bacteria, most likely Neurospora cressa or Serratia marcescens.
Due to the public display of the host, a number of reports, complete with digital photographs and videos, rapidly began circulating in both the local and national media. Predictably, these reports led to rash speculation about what caused the change in the color of the host.
In the history of the Church, by Divine Providence, miracles have taken place. The sole purpose of a miracle is to bring about good. False claims of miracles, on the other hand, cause harm to the faithful and damage the Church’s credibility. While not dismissing the possibility of miracles, understanding the potential harm of hastily jumping to conclusions should cause all the faithful, lay and clergy alike, to act with great prudence. The guidance of competent ecclesiastical authority is required when confronted with phenomena like that reported from Saint Francis Xavier Parish last month.
The Church presumes that most situations appearing to be extraordinary phenomena are actually the result of natural causes. This is why the Church sets the evidentiary bar for proving a miracle quite high. In such matters the Church undertakes a thorough and unprejudiced examination of events that may appear to be miraculous. If, after a thorough investigation, the specific phenomenon can be satisfactorily and conclusively explained in natural terms, then a directly supernatural cause is ruled out. The alleged “bleeding host” from Saint Francis Xavier Parish is explained as a natural phenomenon.
After a thorough investigation, the ad hoc committee unanimously concludes that the observed change in the host was not miraculous but resulted from the growth of red bread mold. In addition, the ad hoc committee determined the need to establish proper protocols for clergy dealing with such situations in the future. Catholics should take this opportunity to renew their faith and devotion in the great miracle of the Real Presence which takes place at every Eucharist.
Reverend Monsignor M. Francis Mannion,
Images of the host, given to 2News, showed circles of deep red, and a section with a pink hue.
As we understand it, a boy was given communion by a local priest. A relative told the priest the child had not yet made his first communion — or wasn’t Catholic — and handed back the host, a wafer the faithful believe becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ during consecration in Mass.
The priest put the host in water, and later noticed dramatic change.
Now, a five member diocesan committee will look into whether there is — or is not — an explanation.
“The work of the committee is now underway,” said Monsignor M. Francis Mannion, the panel chair. “The results will be made public.”
He added, the host is “in the custody of the diocesan administrator.” Which has now disposed of the Host in a reverent matter.
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| Sienna, Italy — August 17, 1730
Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomena.
|Amsterdam, Holland 1345
Eucharist thrown into fire overnight miraculously is unscathed.
| Blanot, France — March 31, 1331
The Eucharist falls out of a woman’s mouth onto an altar rail cloth. The priest tries to recover the Host but all that remains is a large spot of blood the same size and dimensions as the wafer.
| Bolsena-Orvieta, Italy
Again, a priest has difficulties believing in the Real Presence, and blood begins seeping out of the Host upon consecration. Because of this miracle, Pope Urban IV commissioned the feast of Corpus Christi, which is still celebrated today.
| Lanciano, Italy — 8th century A.D.
A priest has doubts about the Real Presence; however, when he consecrates the Host it transforms into flesh and blood. This miracle has undergone extensive scientific examination and can only be explained as a miracle. The flesh is actually cardiac tissue which contains arterioles, veins, and nerve fibers. The blood type as in all other approved Eucharistic miracles is type AB! Histological micrographs are shown.
|Physician Tells of Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
(Zenit) “Dr. Edoardo Linoli says he held real cardiac tissue in his hands, when some years ago he analyzed the relics of the Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano, Italy.”
Listing of Vatican Approved Eucharistic Miracles by Country as of 2015
Buenos Aires, 1992 – 1994 – 1996 (part 1)
Buenos Aires, 1992 – 1994 – 1996 (part 2)
Buenos Aires, 1992 – 1994 – 1996 (part 3)
Liège (Corpus Christi), 1374
Carribean Island of Martinique
Ludbreg, 1411 (part 1)
Ludbreg, 1411 (part 2)
Jordan / Arabian Desert – St. Mary of Egypt, 6th Century
Scete, 3rd -5th Century
Avignon, 1433 (part 1)
Avignon, 1433 (part 2)
La Rochelle, 1461 Neuvy Saint Sépulcre, 1257
Les Ulmes, 1668
Paris, 1290 (part 1)
Paris, 1290 (part 2)
Kranenburg, District of Kleve, 1280
Weingarten (part 1)
Weingarten (part 2)
Island of La Réunion
Saint-André de la Réunion, 1902
Assisi (Saint Clare), 1240
Bagno Di Romagna, 1412
Bolsena, 1264 (part 1)
Bolsena, 1264 (part 2)
Cava Dei Tirreni, 1656
Dronero, 1631 San Mauro La Bruca, 1969
Gruaro aka Gruaro (Valvasone), 1294
Lanciano1 aka Lanciano, 750 A.D. (part 1)
Lanciano2 aka Lanciano, 750 A.D. (part 2)
Macerata aka Macerata, 1356
Mogoro aka Mogoro, 1604
Morrovalle aka Morrovalle, 1560
Offida aka Offida, 1273-1280
Patierno aka Patierno (Naples), 1772
Rimini aka Rimini, 1227
Rome1 aka Rome, 6th -7th Centuries (part 1)
Rome2 aka Rome, 6th -7th Centuries (part 2)
Rome3 aka Rome, 1610
Rosano aka Rosano, 1948
Damian-Scala aka Saint Peter Damian, 11th Century Scala, 1732
Salzano aka Salzano, 1517
Siena aka Siena, 1730
Trani aka Trani, 11th Century
Turin1 aka Turin, 1453 (part 1)
Turin2 aka Turin, 1453 (part 2)
Turin3 aka Turin, 1640
Veroli aka Veroli, 1570
Volterra aka Volterra, 1472
Tixtla1 aka Tixtla, October 21, 2006 (part 1)
Tixtla2 aka Tixtla, October 21, 2006 (part 2)
Amsterdam, 1345 (part 1)
Amsterdam, 1345 (part 2)
Glotowo, 1290(PDF: 147k)
Krakow, 1345(PDF: 170k)
Poznan, 1399(PDF: 158k)
Sokólka, October 12, 2008 (Part 1)
Sokólka, October 12, 2008 (Part 2)
Sokólka, October 12, 2008 (Part 3)
Santarém, 1247 (part 1)
Santarém, 1247 (part 2)
Alboraya-Almácera, 1348 (part 1)
Alboraya-Almácera, 1348 (part 2)
Caravaca de la Cruz, 1231
Daroca, 1239 (part 1)
Daroca, 1239 (part 2)
Gorkum-El Escorial, 1572
Guadalupe aka Guadalupe, 1420
Ivorra1 aka Ivorra, 1010 (part 1)
Ivorra2 aka Ivorra, 1010 (part 2)
Moncada aka Moncada, 1392
Montserrat aka Montserrat, 1657
Ocebreiro aka O’Cebreiro, 1300
Onil1 aka Onil, 1824 (part 1)
Onil2 aka Onil, 1824 (part 2)
Ponferrada aka Ponferrada, 1533
johnofabbesses aka Saint John of the Abbesses, 1251
Silla aka Silla, 1907
Valencia1 aka Valencia (part 1)
Valencia2 aka Valencia (part 2)
Zaragoza aka Zaragoza, 1427
Betania aka Betania, December 8, 1991