March 19, 2018


In the year 1300, the area known today as the Netherlands was occupied by Spanish troops. During an episode of pillaging, a Sacred Host was stolen, and later discarded.

On June 24th, a farmer found it. He was hoeing a plot of land near the village of Niervaart. As he lifted a clod of earth, he caught sight of the Host, completely intact. He immediately gave it to the pastor of the village.

The Host was placed in a precious container, and despite the passage of time, the species of the bread remained intact. News quickly spread among the people, who began to venerate the Sacred Host. In 1449 the Holy Eucharist was moved to the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of Breda, and an artistic monstrance was made in which to preserve the Blessed Sacrament.

It was later lost during a time of warfare, but not before it had survived for over a hundred years. It had not decomposed or deteriorated, which the laws of physics say should have occurred over a span of months.

To this day, processions and public prayers are held each year in honor of the miracle.

Source: “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” a Vatican international exhibition, as reported by The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration and Association,


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