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Italy pilgrimage October 2014

March 31, 2014

This October, Ave Maria Trips is hosting a Eucharistic Miracles tour through Tuscany. Explore some of the most beautiful towns in Italy  – home to St. Francis, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Rita – as well as these four powerful Eucharistic Miracles:

#1 – The Miracle at Orvieto

A priest who had doubts about the Real Presence was saying Mass when blood began to drip from the Host. Pope Urban investigated this miracle and had the Host and the blood stained corporal placed in the cathedral of Orvieto. Tradition holds that this miracle prompted Pope Urban to request that St. Thomas Aquinas compose the official prayers for the feast of Corpus Christi.

#2 -Eucharistic Miracle of Siena

In preparation for the feast of the Assumption, consecrated hosts were left in the tabernacle. Thieves broke into the Basilica of St. Francis and stole the golden ciborium filled with the consecrated hosts. Three days later, all of the hosts were found. Not one had been lost. These hosts remain perfectly preserved and have never deteriorated. Pope John Paul II went to Siena in September 1980 to venerate the miracle in honor of the 250th anniversary of the Miracle of the Hosts.

#3 – Eucharistic Miracle of Cascia

Instead of placing the Eucharist in a ciborium to bring to a gravely ill man, a priest placed the Host in the pages of his breviary. When he opened the book he was shocked to see that the Host had turned into a clot of blood and had stained the pages of the breviary. The pages are preserved in the lower chapel of the Basilica of St. Rita. The Basilica also holds the incorrupt body of St. Rita

#4 – Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano

Tradition has it that the centurion who stuck a lance into the side of Jesus at the Crucifixion was from this town. After seeing the events that followed the death of Jesus, he believed Christ was the Savior. He is known now as Saint Longinus. His feast day is celebrated on March 15.

A monk, who struggled with the Real Presence, was saying Mass when the host turned into flesh in his hands. The wine turned into blood. He said,

“O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes.Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ.”

The miracle is ongoing. Without any preservative, the flesh and wine are still present in the Church of the Franciscan Friars.

Space on this pilgrimage is limited, so visit Ave Maria Trips today and complete your registration.



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