Eucharistic Miracle of Weiten,Austria

In fifteenth-century Austria there were a number of thefts of consecrated Hosts, so Church authorities began keeping the Hosts in the sacristy. Despite these precautions, in 1411 a thief succeeded in stealing a consecrated Host from the parish church in Weiten. The Host slipped unnoticed to the ground during his journey and was discovered several days later by a pious woman. The Host glowed brilliantly, divided in two Pieces, but was united by threads of Bleeding Flesh.

In the parish church of Weiten, a thief broke into the sacristy and got hold of a consecrated Host that he slipped into one of his gloves. According to reports from the village of Weiten, the theft occurred in 1411. The thief then mounted his horse intending to make for the nearby village of Spitz. Instead of taking the main road, he chose a side road that passes through the valley of Mühldorf and is known as “Am Schuß.”

When he arrived at the spot (that today is marked by a chapel in honor of the miracle) his horse halted and would not move, no matter how much the man beat him. Some laborers working in the surrounding fields came to help. But there was no way to make the horse move; it stood still as a statue. Then without warning, the animal leaped to a gallop, and the Sacred Host hidden in the rider’s glove dropped to the ground without anyone noticing.

A few days later, a Mrs. Scheck from Mannersdorf passed by the spot and saw the Host encircled in a strong light. In great wonder, she picked up the Holy Eucharist and noticed that the consecrated Host was broken in two Parts but remained joined together by threads of Bleeding Flesh. Greatly moved and at her own expense, in thanksgiving, she built a small chapel on the spot. As news of the miracle spread, many pilgrims came to the place. Later, it was necessary to build a bigger church to honor the precious reliquary in order to contain the great crowds that came every year on pilgrimage.

The Eucharistic Miracle of Seefeld,Austria

On Holy Thursday 1384, Oswald Milser, Lord of Schlossberg approached the altar during Mass to receive Eucharist.  Instead of taking the small Host reserved for the communicant, he requested to receive the large Host as does the celebrating priest. Obliging, the priest gave Oswald the large Host.

As soon as the Host was placed on his tongue the stone floor beneath Oswald broke away and Oswald, still kneeling, sunk into the floor. At the same time Blood began to flow from the Host in Oswald’s mouth. Oswald could not consume the Host, and It was retrieved by the priest.

After the miracle, the Host was reserved for veneration.  So many pilgrims came to see the Host, that between 1423 – 31, Duke Friedrich IV ordered that additions be made to the church to accommodate the large number of visitors.

The Blood Chapel (shown above) was built and dedicated in 1574 with the solemn transfer of the miraculous Host.

In 1870 the High Altar (shown above)  of St. Oswald was built.

The Church of St. Oswald is located at Maximilianweg 29, 6100, Seefeld, Austria.  It has been over 630 years since the Eucharistic Miracle, still the hollow that was made when Oswald Milser sunk into the floor can still be viewed.  It is covered with a grate (for safety reasons) on the south side near the High Altar.

Over 600 years later Our Lords Precious Blood is still visible on the Miraculous Host in the monstrance kept in the tabernacle in the south wall near the High Altar.

The Eucharistic Miracle of Fiecht,Austria

Eucharistic Miracle Fiecht, Austria 1310

 

The little village of St. Georgenberg-Fiecht in the Inn Valley is very well known – especially because of a Eucharistic miracle that took place there in 1310. During the Mass, the priest was seized with temptations regarding the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated Elements.

Right after the consecration, the wine changed into Blood and began to boil and overflow the chalice. In 1480, after 170 years, the Sacred Blood was “still fresh as though coming out of a wound,” wrote the chronicler of those days. The Precious Blood is preserved intact to this day and is contained in the reliquary in the Monastery of St. Georgenberg.

Near the side altar of the monastery church there is a documentary tablet that says: “In the year of grace 1310, under Abbot Rupert, a priest was celebrating Holy Mass in this church dedicated to the holy martyr George and the holy apostle, James. After consecrating the wine, he was seized with a doubt as to whether the Blood of Christ was really present under the species of wine. Suddenly the wine changed into red blood that began to boil in the chalice and overflow it. The abbot and his monks, who happened to be in the choir, and the numerous pilgrims who were present at the celebration, approached the altar and realized what had happened.

The priest, terrified, was unable to drink all the Holy Blood, and so the abbot placed the remainder in a vessel in the tabernacle of the main altar near the cloth with which the chalice was wiped.

As soon as news of this miraculous event began to spread, more and more pilgrims began to arrive to adore the Sacred Blood. So great was the number of the devotees of the Holy Blood that in 1472 Bishop Georg von Brixen sent the abbot of Wilten, Joahannes Lösch, and the pastors, Sigmund Thaur and Kaspar of Absam, to better study the phenomenon.

As a result of this investigation, the adoration of the Blessed Blood was encouraged and the miracle was declared authentic. “Among the devotees were important Church personalities, like John, Bishop of Trieste; George, Bishop of Brixen; Rupert, Archbishop of Cologne and Duke of Bavaria; and Frederick, Bishop of Chiemsee.”

A second documentary tablet recounts how the relic of the Holy Blood helped preserve the Catholic faith during the Protestant schism: “When in 1593, the teachings of Luther were spreading everywhere in Tyrol, the monks of St. Georgenberg were asked to preach the faith everywhere. Abbot Michael Geisser was preaching with great success before a large crowd in the parish church of Schwaz and did not hesitate to recall the holy miracle of the Blood as proof of the existence of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. He was disputing in such a convincing way that the adversaries were obliged to leave the scene. This total victory against the false teaching was regarded by the believers as a special grace the Lord was granting His faithful, the adorers of the Precious Blood.”

The Eucharistic Miracle of Avignon,France

Avignon,France 1433

The city of Avignon is situated a short distance from the intersection of the Rhone and Durance Rivers. One of the tributaries, the small Sorgue River, passes through the city and would periodically overflow in the lower parts of the city.

On November 30, 1433, torrential rains caused the Sorgue to overflow much more than usual. The water level rose to an alarming height and entered the Chapel of the Grey Penitents. The flood was so great that the Franciscan Superiors of the Order feared that the waters had reached the altar and covered the monstrance where the Holy Eucharist was exposed.

The next morning, two superiors went in a boat and rowed their way to the Chapel. After opening the doors, they were astounded to find that the waters – similar to what had happened with the parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan – were standing on either side of the central aisle like two great walls, leaving the passage that led from the door to the altar absolutely free and dry.

The miracle was considered still greater when they reached the altar – which was at the same level as the pews, without steps – and realized that everything around it was equally dry. The waters – which had risen to a height of over six feet inside the church – stood like two walls around the altar, forming arches. This is what is reported in the document of the Confraternity register, which is still conserved to to this day.

After the Superiors knelt to adore and thank the Author of such a great miracle, they hurried to tell the news to the other members of the Order. Twelve of them came and witnessed the wonder. They then sent for four friars of the Franciscan Order who were Doctors in Theology, who also saw the marvel and confirmed it.

Every year on the 30th of November, the feast day of St. Andrew, this great miracle is commemorated in the Chapel. All the members of the Confraternity of the Grey Penitents assist at the morning Mass and receive Communion, going on their knees up the sacred aisle that had been miraculously preserved from the waters. In the evening the preacher reminds the congregation of the miracle, and the song Cantemus Domino [Let us sing to the Lord] sung by Moses after the passage through the Red Sea is intoned before the blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.

Eucharistic Miracle of Paris

Eucharistic Miracle of Paris, 1290

During Easter of 1290 a non-believer who harbored animosity toward the Faith and who did not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist was able to gain possession of a consecrated Host with the intent to desecrate the Holy Eucharist.

He stabbed the Host and threw the Blessed Sacrament into boiling water. The Host miraculously came out of the water right in front of the man, who was distressed by this. And so he put the Host in the basin of a pious woman. The woman immediately brought the Host to her pastor.

There are numerous documents that testify to the events of this miracle. The Italian historian Giovanni Villani in Book VII, Chapter 136, of his celebrated History of Florence reports all the principal facts of the miracle. A deep study of the sources was done by Mrs. Moreau-Rendu in a work entitled. A Paris, Rue des Jardins published in 1954 with a preface by Bishop Touzé who was the Auxiliary Bishop of Paris.

The best known version of the story is found in the History of the Church of Paris written by the French archbishop, Archbishop Rupp, who tells of the Eucharistic miracle of Paris in the pages dedicated to the episcopate of Simon Matifas of Busay who held the See of St. Denis from 1290 to 1304:

“Easter Sunday, April 2, 1290, a man named Jonathas, who hated the Catholic Faith and did not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, was able to gain possession of a consecrated Host. “The man stabbed the Host with a knife and the Host began to bleed. The Blood filled the container in which he had placed the Host. Panic-stricken, the man decided to throw the Blessed Sacrament into the fire, but the Host miraculously arose from the fire. Desperate, he threw the Eucharist into boiling water and the Host arose from the water, hovering in mid-air, and then taking the form of a crucifix. Finally, he deposited the Holy Eucharist in the bowl of a parishioner of SaintJean-en–Grève who brought the Blessed Sacrament to her parish priest.   Over the centuries, the Sacred Relic remained in a small reliquary in the church of Saint-Jean. During the French Revolution the Precious Relic was lost without a trace.”

Here are some other equally significant facts: The ecclesiastical authorities, the people and the king decided to transform the home of the one who desecrated the Sacred Host into a chapel in which the Holy Eucharist would be kept; the confiscation of the house of Jonathas, called “The House of Miracles” by King Phillip the Fair which was registered in a bill of sale from 1291; the transformation of the house into an oratory after the Bull that was obtained from Pope Boniface  VIII; the name of the “Rue du Dieu bouilli” (The Street of God-boiled) given by the people of Paris to the “Rue des Jardins”; the Eucharistic celebration in the Chapel des Billettes of the Department of the Reparation on the second Sundays of Advent and Lent.of the Department of the Reparation on the second Sundays of Advent and Lent.