April 13, 2017

Veroli, Italy

It was Easter in the year 1570. In Veroli, Italy, at the Church of St. Erasmus, the Blessed Sacrament was presented for Forty Hours of adoration. Various civil confraternities were to be present for an hour each. During one such hour, the Confraternity of Mercy, vested in their black robes, were kneeling in prayer.

According to a documents from the time, still preserved in the Church of St. Erasmus, a spectacle was witnessed by many there. A detailed deposition was given by a Giacomo Meloni, who was among the first witnesses. His testimony is as follows: “Raising my eyes towards the chalice, I saw a most brilliant star at the base of the chalice’s cup, and above the star, the Blessed Sacrament in the size of the Host used by the priest at Mass. The star was attached to the Blessed Sacrament (…). The vision ended when small children in adoration, similar to small angels, were seen around the Sacred Host…”.

The consecrated Host from this miraculous event did not decompose at it should have, but remained intact for 112 years. At that time, a decision was made for the Host to be consumed.

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/Veroli.pdf.


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