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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Eucharistic Miracle - Onil, Spain - 1824

Eucharistic Miracle
Onil, Spain 1824
Feast Day - November 24 - 30

Onil is a municipality of Valencia, Spain, located about 24 miles north of Alicante. The history of Alicante is long and complicated, dating back over 7000 years.  Tribes from Central Europe arrived around 3000 BC,  the Romans arrived in 600 BC, and then the Goths around 500 AD.  Then there were the Moors in 700 AD who were in control until 1246 when it was taken by Castilian King Alfonso X.  Being a port city it was attacked over the years, suffered from revolution, communism and a dictatorship. Today Spain and subsequently Alicante is ruled by a democracy.  

Eucharistic Miracle 

The Catholic church in Onil was completed in 1778.  It is located on the western side of the Palace-Fortress of the "Marques de Dos Aguas."  It consists of a single nave and is decorated with frescoes. 

On November 15, 1824, Nicolas Bernabeu who had been an altar boy in the church of Onil committed a sacrilege by stealing the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. Nicolas was arrested but did not reveal where he had hidden the monstrance.  In the nearby town of Tibi, a woman by the name of Teresa Carbonell found the monstrance on November 28, 1824 and immediately returned it to the church in Onil.  

119 years later on November 28, 1943, Fr. Guillermo Hijarrubia confirmed the authenticity of the miracle, verifying that the Miraculous Host were still perfectly preserved in the monstrance.  

Today these Miraculous Hosts may still be venerated at the Church of Saint James the Apostle in Onil, which is located at Calle Mayor, 16 CP 03430, Onil, Alicante.  

The high altarpiece (shown below) was erected in honor of the Apostle Saint James "the Greater." In the side chapel off the main nave is the location of monstrance containing the Miraculous Hosts. They have been held here since November 28, 1824. The chapel is called the "Nostre Senyor Robat," meaning the Stolen Lord of Onil. 

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

For devotional items related to the Catholic faith, please visit Lynn's Timeless Treasures.  

Index of Eucharistic Miracles

Picture of Saint James the Apostle Church in Onil from Comunitat Valenciana
Picture of the Monstrance that contains the Eucharistic Miracle from Pinterest  and Eucharistic Miracles 
Picture of the Palace-Fortress 
Picture of Monstrance open from Villena
Picture of paintings from Villena

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