Exhibit on Eucharistic Miracles Shown at AMU May 18-20
Published on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 17:45
For Catholics, something miraculous happens at every Mass, when bread and wine -- while retaining their same appearance -- are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus.
But in some cases, there have been more physical signs of this transubstantiation. In 1263, near Orvieto, Italy, moments after a priest consecretated the communion host, blood began dripping from it in a miracle now commemorated as the annual Feast of Corpus Christi. In Blanot, France, in 1331, a consecrated communion host fell out of a woman's mouth onto an altar rail cloth and when the priest tried to recover the Host, all that remained was a large spot of blood the same size and dimensions as the wafer.
These are two of more than 100 Eucharistic Miracles that have been recognized by the Vatican.
A travelling Vatican-authorized exhibit of panels describing and depicting many of these miracles will be open to the public free of charge at Ave Maria University May 18-20 in conjunction with a eucharistic conference being held at that time. Pictured above, the exhibit as it was shown recently in another location.
"The entire Vatican exhibit contains 126 miracles, and we chose about 60 of them representing different categories," said Peggy Stinnet, the conference organizer. About half are in English, 20 are in Spanish and five were specifically developed for children, she said.
"They show scientific miracles, such as Orvieto, but also responses of animals to the Real Presence, intact and preserved hosts, miracles resulting from sacrileges, saints and mystics."
The exhibition is at the Ave Maria University student union building. More information on the Eucharistic Conference, which is also open to the public, is available here.