Lanciano, Italy: Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
From time to time over the centuries, God has given us signs that reinforce our belief in the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the form of what is known as a Eucharistic Miracle.
About the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano:
Such a manifestation took place here in the 8th century: a Basilian monk, who had doubted the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist, was celebrating mass, and at the consecration, saw that the Host had changed into flesh. The wine had changed into blood; clotted and separated into 5 different sized clots.
The priest then admitted his former doubts to the stunned parishioners. The news spread quickly, and the faithful came from all over to view the miracle, which to this day has retained the same dimensions.
About the Sanctuary in Lanciano:
The miracle is contained in a silver and glass reliquary and is clearly visible. The latest scientific testing, done in the 1970’s, confirms what the faithful have believed for 12 centuries without the technology of today: “the flesh is real flesh” (a perfect slice from the heart), and “the blood is real blood”.
The blood type is AB, the same found on the Shroud of Turin. Viewing this most spectacular miracle of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament is a deep and moving experience for many pilgrims.
“Take and eat, this is My Body which is given for you.”
Traveling to Lanciano:
Lanciano is on the East Coast of Italy. It is accessible by train from Milan and Rome, although there is no direct train service. You will most likely have to change trains in Pescara. It is a site often combined with Loreto and San Giovanni Rotondo on many pilgrimages, since they are all fairly close.
Address: Via Tesauri, 6 Lanciano CH Italy
GPS coordinates: 42° 13′ 47.3736” N, 14° 23′ 25.8180” E
Tel: (+39) 0872 713189
e-mail: [email protected]
Click here for the official Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano website (in Italian, but at the bottom of the home page you will see a choice for English)