Los Teques, Venezuela: Eucharistic Miracle
Not far from Betania is an Augustinian monastery that contains one of the world’s most notable miraculous signs: a Eucharistic miracle. As mentioned elsewhere, it is the Eucharist that separates Catholics from most other Christian faiths. As Catholics we believe that once the priest says the act of Consecration during Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Such a miracle occurred in Betania, Venezuela on December 8, 1991 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception). A priest was celebrating Mass at midnight in the grotto in Betania, when he noticed blood on the host that he had just consecrated.
He placed the host in a chalice overnight and on the following morning was amazed to see that it was still bleeding. He showed the bleeding host to those who came for Mass that morning. He presented it to the Bishop and asked for his advice on what to do about it. the Bishop had it tested at a hospital in Caracas, and it was determined to be human blood.
Bishop Pio Bella Ricardo gave his approval of the miracle almost immediately.
Some pilgrims have had the opportunity to meet with the Bishop on occasion (he is shown here in 1993 ) and he stated that no further proof was needed as far as he was concerned.
The host is now kept reserved in the chapel of the Augustinian Recollects Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in nearby Los Teques where it is on display (shown here on the upper right) for groups or individuals.
Groups have been allowed to say Mass if they are traveling with their own priest.
As pointed out in our article on the apparitions in Betania, we are not sure of the political situation in Venezuela at this time and how easy it is to visit Los Teques or Betania, but we believe that there are still a few groups traveling there.