December 23, 2016

A Visit of the Christ Child to Eten, Peru

It was the night of June 2, 1649, during the Vespers and the solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in honor of the feast of Corpus Christi. At the end of the service, the Franciscan monk Jerome de Silva Manrique, was about to return the monstrance to the tabernacle, but he suddenly stopped. In the Host there appeared the brilliant face of a Child, framed by thick brown curls falling to the shoulders. All the faithful present in the church observed the same vision.

A few weeks later, on July 22, during the celebrations in honor of the Patroness of the City, St. Mary of Magdalene, another spectacle took place. According to the testimony of Brother Marco Lopez, superior of the convent in Chiclayo, during the exposition of the Most Holy Sacrament, “The Divine Child Jesus again appeared in the Host, dressed in a purple tunic. Beneath it he wore a shirt up to the middle of the chest.”This conformed with the custom of the Mochican Indians, inhabitants of the city. The symbolism for those inhabitants was that they too were accepted and loved by the Christ Child.

In the same apparition, which lasted about 15 minutes, many also saw appearing in the Host three small white hearts, united among themselves, symbolizing the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, present in the consecrated Host.

To this day, the feast in honor of the miracle of the Divine Child of Eten, continues to attract thousands every year.

This event is among those included in an international exhibition of Eucharistic miracles approved by the Vatican.



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