Eucharistic Miracles (12)


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Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano In the  year 750.

 In  the  Abruzzi  village of Lanciano,  above the place  where  a Church  dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi  now stands, a Eucharistic miracle took  place whose precious  Relics are still preserved today,  and which are open for  visitation.  

The  various  chronicles  of the time tell  how in  the  year  750,  a priest was celebrating Holy  Mass.  Exactly at the  moment of the Consecration, the priest  was tormented by  strong doubts  as to whether the Body  and Blood  of Jesus were truly  present in the consecrated Host.  He  had just finished  the Consecration  when he noticed that the Host  had been transformed into  Flesh and the Wine  into  Blood. The  priest, filled with  regret  for having  doubted, began  to weep and seek  pardon from  God.   In  the chronicles,  the testimony  of numerous members of  the  faithful who witnessed the Miracle is  also recorded.  

In 1970, exactly  12 centuries later, the Archbishop of Lanciano  and the Provincial Superior of  the Conventual Franciscan  Fathers arranged  for the Relics of  the Host turned into  Flesh and the Wine  turned into  Blood to  be analyzed by  the  noted  professor Edward Linoli,  director of  the  hospital  in Arezzo and professor  of  anatomy, histology,  chemistry, and clinical microscopy.  

On March 4,  1971, the Professor presented a  detailed summary of the various studies carried out.  

Here are the basic conclusions: 

1. The “miraculous Flesh” is truly flesh, made up of striated muscle tissue of the  myocardium  (part  of the heart). 

2.  The  “miraculous Blood” is  truly  blood: the chromatography (color) analysis  proves this with absolute and irrefutable certainty.

3.  The immunological study  shows that  the Flesh and the Blood  are definitely  those  of   human being  and the  immuno-hematological  test  allows  us  to  affirm  that  both  belong  to the  same  blood  group  AB,  the same  group  as that  of  the man of the Shroud  (of Turin)  and the  blood  group  typical  of  the populations  in  the Middle East.

4.  The proteins contained in  the Blood  have the normal distribution,  in  the identical percentage  as that of the serum-protein  pattern  of normal  fresh blood. 

5.  There were no  traces of the salts  or other preservative  substances  used  in  antiquity  to mummify corpses. 
This  report was published  in  various  international  scientific  journals  and attracted a  great  interest  in  the whole world,  so much so  that  in  1973, the  Superior Council  of  the World Health  Organization  appropriately appointed a commission  of scientists  who carried  out more than  500 examinations  on  the Relics from  the  Miracle.   The commission confirmed the results  of the analyses carried out  by  Professor Linoli.  In addition,  the  scientific commission  declared that  the Flesh  and the Blood  of the Miracle  of Lanciano  are just  the same  as they  would be  if they  had been  taken  that  very  day  from  a living  being.   In  the  extract summarizing the scientific investigations  of  the World  Health Organization  (WHO) and  the  United  Nations  (UN), published  in December of 1976 in  New York and Geneva, it  was  declared that “science, aware  of  its  limitations, is  forced to  admit the  impossibility  of giving an explanation.” 

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