Sunday, June 18, 2006

Feast of Corpus Christi

Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI at the elevation during the Consecration of the Mass.

The remaining sign of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano. The Eucharistic species remains intact, Therefore it can be considered something of an ongoing miracle.

Eucharistic Miracle
Lanciano, Italy 8th Century A.D.

(Taken from "The Real Presence" website.)

Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.

During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.

The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back. The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.

Various ecclesiastical investigation ("Recognitions") were conducted since 1574.
In 1970-'71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.

The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.These analyses sustained the following conclusions:

The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood.
The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species.
The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart.
In the Flesh we see present in section: the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and also the left ventricle of the heart for the large thickness of the myocardium.
The Flesh is a "HEART" complete in its essential structure.
The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood-type: AB (Blood-type identical to that which Prof. Baima Bollone uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin).
In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of the fresh normal blood.
In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.
The preservation of the Flesh and of the Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.

Another miracle contributing to the feast of Corpus Christi.

Bolsena-Orvieta, Italy
A priest had difficulties believing in the Real Presence, and blood began 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. ("The Real Presence")


  1. Anonymous10:11 AM


    This part is not the elevations at the Consecration but rather at prayers at the offertory. Notice, the Pope is still wearing the zucchetto.

    Fr. BP

  2. Don Marco4:12 PM

    Hail, Festival Day!
    Hail, Day of Sion¹s sweetest hymns!
    Hail, Day of timeless adoration!
    Hail, Day of lavish jubilation!
    Hail, Day of our most fragrant incense!
    Hail, Day of flowers strewn before their Maker!
    Hail, Day of flames dancing in the presence of the Fire!
    Hail, Day of a silence that is song!
    Hail Day of a song become silence!
    Hail, Day made radiant by the Face that shines like the sun in full
    Hail, Day made lovely by the Face of the fairest of the children of men!
    Hail, Day rising to see the Face once hidden in the tabernacle of the
    Virgin¹s womb!
    Hail, Day rejoicing in the Human Face of God concealed in bread and wine!

    Hail, Eucharistic Face reflecting the Glory of the Father
    and bearing the very stamp of His nature!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face, Living Icon of the Father!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face, Epiphany of the Father¹s Love!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face, Kindly Light amidst the gloom!

    Hail, Eucharistic Face of the Crucified in the Sacrament of Your abiding
    Hail, Eucharistic Face of Life conquering death!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face of Mercy rising in the night with healing in your
    Hail, Eucharistic Face, Sweetness leaving no bitterness!

    Hail, Eucharistic Face of the Risen One,
    filling earth and heaven with glory
    from the rising of the sun even to its setting
    in the offering of your pure and eternal Oblation!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face raising the dead to life!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face breathing peace into every troubled place!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face, revelation of a Heart full of mercy and ready to

    Hail, Eucharistic Face of the Ascended One!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face of the High Priest interceding for us beyond the
    Hail, Eucharistic Face of the Victim reconciling heaven and earth!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face all ablaze with the Holy Spirit¹s fire!

    Hail, Eucharistic Face of the King who will return in glory!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face hidden from the powerful, the clever, and the wise!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face revealed to the pure of heart!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face familiar to little children and to those like them!

    Hail, EucharisticFace of the Divine Wayfarer!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face, unrecognized and unknown in the midst of men!
    Hail, Eucharistic Face shrouded in silence,
    and with us always, even unto the consummation of the world!

    Hail, God­With­Us!
    Hail, God­Turned­Toward­Us!
    Hail, God who with immense yearning desire to share your Pasch with us!
    Hail, God­in­Search­of­Those­Who­Hunger!
    Hail, O inexhaustible and precious Chalice!

    Hail, Day of the Altar and of the Blood!
    Hail, Day of the new and everlasting covenant!
    Hail, Day that calls us anew to obedience:
    ³All that the Lord has spoken we will do,
    and we will be obedient² (Ex 24:7).
    ³This is my Body which is given for you.
    This Chalice poured out for you is the new covenant in my Blood.
    Do this in remembrance of me² (cf. Lk 22:19­20).

    Hail, Day of the Blood without which there is no pardon!
    Hail, Day of the Blood poured out for the refreshment of the weary!
    Hail, Day of the Blood that flows, a river of mercy in the wastelands of
    Hail, Day of the Blood that vanquishes demons!
    Hail, Day of the Blood that consoles in sorrow!
    Hail, Day of the Blood that cleanses the entire world of sin!
    Hail, Day of the Blood of Christ, Victim and Priest!
    Hail, Day of the Blood presented in the sanctuary not made by hands!
    Hail, Day of the Blood offered on earth as it is in heaven!

    Hail, Precious Chalice lifted up for all to see!
    Hail, Precious Chalice, thanksgiving sacrifice worthy of God!
    Hail, Precious Chalice held to the lips of the martyrs!
    Hail, Precious Chalice strengthening every witness!
    Hail, Precious Chalice making pure the impure!
    Hail, Precious Chalice containing the Fire of the Divinity!
    Hail, Precious Chalice, the antidote for every poison!
    Hail, Precious Chalice, the remedy for every ill!

    Hail, Day of the Upper Room made ready for eternity!
    Hail, Day of the Pasch without end!
    Hail, Day of the Bread lifted up in Christ¹s holy and venerable hands!
    Hail, Day of the blessing uttered by His sacred lips!
    Hail, Day of the Body forever given and of the Blood forever poured out!
    Hail, Day of the Cenacle opened to every nation on earth!
    Hail, Day of the Mystical Supper open to the poor, the sick, the lame, and
    the blind!
    Hail, Day of Heaven¹s open door!
    Hail, Day of the Supper of the Lamb!

    Hail, Day that sees us prostrate before the Eucharistic Face of God!
    Hail, Day on which men do the work of Angels!
    Hail, Day on which Angels stand amazed
    before the Mystery set before the children of men!
    Hail, Day that passes too quickly and never passes!
    Hail, Day that begins in time the joys of eternity!
    Hail, Day that fills the earth with a foretaste of heaven!
    Amen. Alleluia.


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