Eucharistic Miracles (21)

Eucharistic Miracles (21)

ITALY, 1264 

Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena.

 In the summer of 1264,  a  Bohemian priest named Father  Peter of Prague came to  Italy to  be  received  in  audience  by  Pope  Urban IV,  who was residing  at  Orvieto  that summer together with  numerous cardinals and  theologians, among  whom  St.  Thomas Aquinas was also  present.  Father Peter  of Prague,  just after  being received  by  the Pope, set out  for his return trip  to  Bohemia.   

 Along the way,  he  stopped at  Bolsena, where he decided  to  celebrate  Mass in  the church  named  in  honor  of  St. Christina.  

 The priest  began to  celebrate Mass  and had just  finished  pronouncing  the  words  of consecration when  he  saw  that  the Host which he  held  in  his hands had been  transformed into  living  Flesh  sprinkled with red Blood,  which  spilled onto  the altar,  staining  the  altar cloth and the corporal. 

 Thanks  to  this  Miracle, the Lord  strengthened the faith of the  priest,  who despite  his manifest  piety  and moral uprightness, often  nurtured  doubts concerning  the  Real  Presence  of  Christ under the  species  of  the Bread  and  consecrated Wine. 

News  of the Miracle spread at once, so  that  both  the Pope and St. Thomas  Aquinas could immediately  confirm  the Miracle in  person. After a thorough examination,  Pope  Urban IV approved the miracle.  He  then decided to  extend the feast  of Corpus  Christi,  which up  to  that time  had only  been a local feast  of the Diocese of Liegi, to the entire Church  universal.  The Pope assigned  St. Thomas the  task  of drawing  up  the  liturgy  which was to  accompany  the Papal Bull  “Transiturus de  hoc  mundo ad Patrem”,  in  which  the reasons for which the Eucharist is  so  mportant for the life  of  the  Church were set out. 

It is  still possible today  to venerate the Relics  of the altar cloth and the corporal  stained with Blood which are preserved in the Cathedral of Orvieto. 

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