Cimballa, Aragon, Spain - 1370
Feast Day - September 12
In 1370, Fr. Tommaso was pastor of a very small village church in the province of Zaragoza, in the Aragon Kingdom. On a Sunday while he was saying Mass, he was overcome with doubt about the real presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Consecrated Eucharist. As he spoke the words of Consecration, Blood began to flow from the Host and stained the altar linen. Fr. Tommaso repented his doubt and retired to do penance as a hermit for the rest of his life.
The Bishop of Zaragoza, Pedro Perez Calvillo placed the Miraculous Host and the Sacred Blood Stained Altar Cloth in the Tabernacle for the villagers to worship. Because of the continuous wars between Aragon and Castile, the Miraculous Host was moved to the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Zaragoza (Aljaferia). At the request of the villagers of Cimballa the relic of the Sacred Cloth remained in Cimballa. Since 1370 many miracles have been attributed to the Sacred Blood Stained Cloth.
In the 18th century a modest parish church was constructed on the site of a 12th century Roman temple in Cimballa. This church was dedicated to the Purification of Our Lady (Presentation in the Temple). The main altarpiece consists of seven oil paintings on boards that narrate the life of Mary and Jesus.
In a transept to the left of the main altar, there is a chapel dedicated to the Holy Mystery. It is here that the reliquary created in 1594 to store the relic of the Sacred Blood Stained Cloth is housed.
Every year on September 12th, the anniversary of the Miracle, the relic of the Sacred Blood Stained Cloth leads a Eucharistic procession of the villagers of Cimballa.
Today you may visit this church which is at the intersection of Calle Remacha Gregorio and Plaza, in Aragon.
We do not have to go all the way to Spain to witness a Eucharistic Miracle. Our Lord comes to us every time we are blessed to receive Him, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity at Mass during the Eucharist. Happy are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb.
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Index of Eucharistic Miracles.
Picture of Cimballa from the highway from Wikiwand
Four Pictures of the Church in Cimballa from Pinterest and Cimballa
Research from The Eucharistic Miracles of the World p. 224 - 225
Cimballa.com in English