February 25, 2018


Hartmannswiller is a town in the Alsace region of northeastern France. On June 12, 1828, during an 8-day celebration of the Real Presence in the Eucharist, the Corpus Christi octave, Fr. Willig, the pastor, exposed the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. Children who knelt near the altar, as well as certain other children saw the face of the Child Jesus in the Eucharist. It was the face of a live child, as the eyes moved and looked at the spectators. A light was also seen emanating from the image.

On June 13, 1828, Fr. Willig again exposed the Host. This time he too saw the extraordinary image. He permitted a number of men to ascend the altar steps and they too saw as the others did.

On June 14, 1828, still within the Corpus Christi octace, the Host was exposed once more. This time, the final night of this extraordinary event, all in the church were able to see the Child, and it was reported that the light coming from the Host was the brightest yet.

Source: Etlin, Rev. Lukas, O.S.B., Eucharistic Miracles (Clyde, Missouri, Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoratio 1947), p. 8-10. See also “Letter of Father Badin,” The St. Louis Catholic Historical Review, pub. by Catholic Historical Society of St. Louis, Jan. 1923, p. 175, in which Fr. Badin quotes a letter received by a fellow priest reporting on this same event, which had “made a great stir in Paris.”


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