1. LANCIANO, ITALY:
8th century A.D.: At the time of this Eucharistic miracle, heresy was spreading in the Church regarding the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. 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 research and can only be explained as a miracle. The flesh is actually cardiac tissue which contains arterioles, veins, and nerve fibres. The blood group, as in all other approved Eucharistic miracles is type AB!
2. BLANOT, FRANCE:
March 31, 1331: The Eucharist falls out of a woman’s mouth unto an altar rail cloth. All that remains is a large spot of blood the same size and dimensions as the Host.
3. BOLSENA-ORVIETO, ITALY:
1263: 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.
4. SANTAREM, PORTUGAL:
1247: A woman whose husband was unfaithful unfortunately sought advice from a sorceress. The witch promised to help her if the woman would bring her a consecrated Host. Because she was so blinded by her worries and yet knowing this was a gravely wrong thing to do, the woman did as the sorceress had instructed her. She received Holy Communion but did not consume it. On the way to the sorceress, she noticed that the Host began to bleed. Fear overcame her, and she wrapped the Host in a veil and put it in a trunk in her home. During the night, she and her husband were awakened by a bright light coming from the trunk which illuminated the room. The wife told her husband of the incident. Both spent the night on their knees in adoration. A priest was called and took the Host back to the church and sealed it in melted beeswax.
5. BAGNO DI ROMAGNA, ITALY:
1412: this Eucharistic miracle occurred in the small town of Bagno di Romagna as a priest was celebrating Holy Mass and doubting in the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. After consecrating the wine, he looked in the chalice and was shocked to see wine turned to blood. It began to bubble out of the chalice and onto the corporal (altar cloth). Shaken by the event, the priest prayed for forgiveness and lived with great devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. In 1958, an investigation confirmed the corporal contained human blood and still retained the properties of blood nearly 600 years later. Perhaps the Blood was bubbling to show us that Jesus is alive in the Eucharist. We reflect on how we need to change after receiving Him, letting Jesus become alive in us and filling us with the power of the Holy Spirit.
6. SIENNA, ITALY:
August 17, 1730. Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomenon.