Eucharistic Miracles of the World
“EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES OF THE WORLD” EXHIBIT COMING
TO ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE PARISH, LEWES, DE,
FROM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
A Eucharistic Miracle is a supernatural event by which the bread and wine consecrated at a Catholic Mass are shown, as Catholics believe, to be the real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, not just symbols. The miracle can occur when the bread and wine become physically observable as actual flesh and blood, or, for instance, when a Sacred Host levitates or glows.
Carlo Acutis, an Italian boy who died of leukemia in 2006 at the age of fifteen, put together in his last days a collection of images and texts representing some 150 Church authenticated Eucharistic Miracles. A recent authoritative poll conducted by the PEW Research Center indicates that only 31% of those who identify as Catholic believe that Jesus is really, not just symbolically, present in the Eucharist. Carlo, whose cause for sainthood is well underway, wanted all Catholics, whether or not skeptical, indeed everyone, to see that the Consecrated Bread and Wine at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are in fact, and remain thereafter, the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Jesus Christ, Incarnate God. So far, there have been more than 3,000 showings of this display world-wide.
Among the miracles included in this exhibit, for example, is that of Lanciano, Italy, in 750 AD: A parish priest, struggling with doubt about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, as he pronounced at Mass the words, “This is My Body . . . This My Blood,” saw the Consecrated Bread and Wine manifest as actual Flesh and Blood – as the true Presence of Jesus Christ – in which form they are preserved to this day. And more recently, in 1992 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (the archdiocese of which Pope Francis was then “Archbishop Bergoglio”), a Sacred Host turned into bleeding Flesh, which upon scientific analysis proved to be the tissue of a living human heart – the traumatized Heart of a dying Man.
This Vatican approved virtual experience – which includes almost 200 large posters with vivid images and explanations - will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Parish Life Center, Tulip Drive, in Lewes, Delaware. It will begin at the Church, with a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thursday, November 21, at 1 pm; and end at the Church, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Sunday, November 24, at 2 pm. The viewing hours will be:
Thursday, November 21: 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Starts after 1:00 pm Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.
Friday, November 22: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Starts after 8 am Mass.
Saturday, November 23: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Starts after 8 am Mass, continues through Confessions and 4 pm Mass.
Sunday, November 24: 7:30 am to 1:30 pm
Starts after 7 am Mass, continues through 8:30, and 10:30 am Masses, closing with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 2 pm.
All are most welcome to visit this remarkable testimony to the Living Christ in the Blessed Sacrament - as often as they might wish. There will be no admission charge, but free-will offerings in support of the sponsoring organization, The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association, will be much appreciated.