Letter to the Editor,
Lanciana is a small, medieval town nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy. It is halfway between San Giovanni Rotondo where the stigmatist Saint Padre Pio lived; and Loreto, where the Holy House is. Father Michael Russo from Patterson will be taking some local pilgrims to these three towns and other places in October.
EWTN will broadcast “A Miracle in Lanciano” Wednesday at 9 p.m.; Friday, June 24 at 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 25 at 4 a.m. on Cox cable channel 19, Allen’s cable channel 36, and Direct TV channel 370.
A Eucharistic Miracle occurred in the eighth century in Lanciano, Italy. A Basilian monk, who was having a trying time with his belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, was celebrating Mass when the consecrated bread turned into flesh and the wine had turned into blood.
The miracle is ongoing. The Host-turned-flesh and the wine-turned-blood have not disintegrated. Without the use of any form of preservatives, it is still present in the reliquary.
In 1574, testing was done on the flesh and blood and an unexplainable phenomenon was discovered. The five pellets of coagulated blood are different sizes and shapes. But any combination weighs the same as the total. In other words, one weighs the same as two, two weigh the same as three, and three weigh the same as five.
From the very beginning the local church accepted this miracle as a true sign from Heaven and venerated the Eucharistic flesh and blood in processions on its feast day, the last Sunday of October. Because this has been such an important local miracle, the background and history of the events were carefully recorded.
The most recent and extensive scientific research done in 1970 used the most modern scientific tools available. The results of the tests are as follows:
—The flesh is real flesh. The blood is real blood.
—The flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart (myocardium).
—The flesh and blood belong to the human species.
—The flesh and blood has the same blood type (AB).
—In the blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions as are found in the sero-proteic makeup of fresh, normal blood.
—In the blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.
—The preservation of the flesh and the blood, which were left in their natural state for 12 centuries (without any chemical preservatives) are exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.
On June 26 all the Catholic churches will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, which means Body of Christ. The feast is also called the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
This feast was instituted in honor of the most Blessed Sacrament (the Eucharist) in 1264. This feast was instituted after a Eucharistic Miracle occurred in Bolsena, Italy. As the priest called Peter of Prague at the consecration said, “This is my body,” the unleavened bread turned into flesh, and bled profusely on the corporal. Today, the blood-stained corporal (a cloth placed on the altar during consecration of the bread and wine) is in the chapel in Orvieta, Italy, where I have visited on pilgrimage.
(S) Jane Vaccarella