April 11, 2017

Legnica, 2013

Legnica is a city of about 100,000 people in the southwestern part of Poland. On Christmas, 2013, at St. Hyacinth’s Church, a Host fell to the ground during the distribution of Holy Communion. The Host was immediately immersed in water and placed into the tabernacle. This in accordance with Church requirements for the disposition of a Host that had been soiled.

On January 4th, Fr. Andrzej Ziombra checked on the Host, assuming that it would have dissolved after two weeks.

He explains what happened next:

“Immediately we noticed that the Host had not dissolved, and that a red spot covering a fifth of Its surface appeared. We decided to inform the Bishop, who established a special theological scientific commission to analyze the event. We noticed that over time the stain on the Host changed color from deep red to red brown.”

The sample was taken directly to scientists on 26 January 2014. The Wrocław Forensic Medicine Institute immediately excluded the presence of bacteria or fungi as a cause for the Host turning red. A second histopathological analysis pointed out that some fragments seemed to belong to myocardial tissue.

An additional opinion was sought using the same samples at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Szczecin without specifying where the samples came from. The Institute used a different analysis method. After the analysis, The Pomeranian Medical University’s Department of Histopathology in Szczecin announced that “tissue fragments containing fragmented parts of cross-striated muscle” was found in the histopathological image. This is similar to “human heart muscle with alterations that often appear during the agony. We have not tested the blood found on the Host, we only know that human DNA was found.”

Source: “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” a Vatican international exhibition, as reported by The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration and Association, http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/english_pdf/Legnica1.pdf.


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