Bologna, Italy: Shrine of Blessed Immelda Lambertini
About Blessed Immelda Lambertini:
Hers is an amazing story: at the very young age of 9, she entered a cloistered order of Dominicans. She had expressed a great desire to receive the Eucharist; however, at that time, the Church prohibited anyone under the age of 14 from receiving Holy Communion.
On May 12, 1333, the Feast of the Ascension, while praying in church, a bright white host was suspended over the head of Blessed Imelda. The other sisters of the order saw this miracle and called the priest.
Upon his arrival, the priest took this as a sign that Imelda was to receive Holy Communion.
The priest gave her communion; soon after, Imelda went into ecstasy and died that same day, at the age of 11.
She was Beatified in 1826, and is Patroness of First Holy Communicants. Her Feast Day is celebrated on May 13th….the same day of the first visit of Our Lady to the three children in Fatima, Portugal. Note that some calendars will show here Feast Day as May 12th, and we have yet to have receive confirmation of the correct date.
Her body is incorrupt and is in the church of St. Sigismund here in Bologna, Italy.
About the Shrine of Blessed Immelda Lambertini:
Address: Via S. Sigismondo, 7, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Tel: +39 051 226021