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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holy Eucharist - Eucharistic Miracle – Faverney, France 1608

Eucharistic Miracles France 

There are twelve Eucharistic Miracles in France that have been approved by the Church.  Some of the relics of these miracles were destroyed or lost during the French Revolution.

In 1430 in Monaco a woman purchased a monstrance in a second hand shop.  When she attempted to remove the Host with a knife, the Host began to bleed Blood.  When the Blood dried it left an imprint on the Host of the Lord.  This was reported to Pope Eugene IV who had the Host turned over to the city of Dijon where it was kept in the Basilica of Saint Michael. The Host was venerated until it  was destroyed during the revolution in 1794.

In another Eucharistic Miracle which happened on Easter Sunday in 1290, a man who was not in favor of the Catholic faith gained possession of a consecrated Host and desecrated it by stabbing it and throwing it into boiling water. The Host rose out of the water into the air in front of the man. He panicked and gave the Host to a Church member who turned the Host over to her pastor.  Over the years the Host was held in a small reliquary in the Church of Saint-Jean en Greve in Paris, where it was venerated.  The Host was lost during the revolution.

Eucharistic Miracle 
Faverney, France 1608 

Illustrative image Article Abbey of Our Lady of Faverney

In 1608 on the vigil of the Feast of Pentecost, the monks of the Abbey of Faverney, France placed a monstrance holding two Hosts on the altar for public exposition and adoration.

In the early morning hours when the sacristan went to ring the bell for morning prayer, he found the chapel filled with smoke and the altar a pile of ash. Above the smoke the monstrance was suspended in the air.  

The sacristan called the others from the Abbey to witness the miracle. The village of Faverney also gathered to witness the miracle. 

The monks sought council from the Capuchin friars who resided nearby. The friars immediately prepared a new altar over the burned one and celebrated Mass.  As they elevated the Host during the consecration, the monstrance slowly descended to rest upon the new altar. After 33 hours of elevation, both Hosts were found intact. 

On July 10, 1608, the Archbishop of Besancon declared that the miracle was authentic.  In December of the same year, the Mayor Viscount of Dole, France requested that his town hold and protect the Hosts, as it was felt that Faverney was not able to defend itself. One of the Hosts was transferred to Sainte-Chapelle of the college of Our Lady of Dole.  That Host in Dole was destroyed during the revolution in 1794.  

Today, 407 years later, it is possible to venerate the other Host from this miracle at the Baslique Notre-Dame De La Blanche, Faverney, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte, France. 

But we don't have to go all the way to Faverney to witness a Eucharistic Miracle.  Our Lord comes to us Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity every time we celebrate Mass.

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Index of Eucharistic Miracles 

Picture of the Basilica of Saint Michael, Dijon, France from Wikipedia
Picture of Notre Dame Blanche/Our Lady of Faverney from Wikipedia
Picture of the montrance containing the miraculous Host of Faverney, France from Rorate Caeli 

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