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The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (7)
The host turned to flesh
 
For those who seek evidence for the existence of God look no further than the small Italian town of Lanciano and the miracle which took place there in the 8 century.
 
One day while saying Mass, a Basilian monk who had been having serious doubts about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, witnessed an incredible miracle along with his 100-strong congregation.  During the prayer of consecration, while he held up the host, he started to visibly shake and turning to face the congregation he said, “O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes.  Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us.  Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ.”
 
As he turned, it became apparent to the people that the host had become human flesh.  And upon inspection, the wine contained in the chalice had become human blood.  Many of the congregation are reported to have started wailing, some crying, others beating their breasts and begging for forgiveness.
 
The wine turned to hman blood 
 
Following the miracle it was decided that the flesh would be pinned to a wooden board to prevent it from curling once it dried.  So here we have Jesus crucified yet again, pinned to a piece of wood with nails. 
 
The flesh and blood was kept and is still present to this day in the Church in Lanciano.  Crucially, it has been retained to this day without the presence of any preservatives.  This is crucial because it proves the blood could not have been taken from a corpse, otherwise it would have been rapidly altered; something which did not occur.
 
Dr Edoardo Linoli, a professor of anatomy and pathological histology, and of chemistry and clinical microscopy, examined the remains in 1970 and published his findings the following year and among those findings he discovered that the blood is the relatively rare type AB and from a human of middle-eastern origin, the same as the blood type taken from the Shroud of Turin.  He also confirmed that the flesh tissue was cardiac; that is, heart tissue. 
 
Another miracle is that the blood, which following coagulation has naturally divided into 5 pellets of differing sizes and shapes, always comes to the same total weight whatever the combination of pellets! 
 
To this day the flesh and blood can be seen in Lanciano and the Church attracts pilgrims from all over the world; people wanting to get close to the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.  Yet, as a priest in Lanciano once said, “Remember, this miracle that you are witnessing now, and that you have travelled so far to witness, happens every day in every church in the world, at the consecration of the Mass.”  How true!! 
 
But perhaps we should leave the final word on this to another priest who travelled to Lanciano in 1983 to see the miracle.  He came away from the Church and said, “I can never raise the host or wine in Consecration again, without seeing my Lord’s very Heart between my fingers, His Blood alive in the Chalice before me.”
 
 
To read more about this great miracle please check out the links, below. 
 
 
 

Learning the Catholic Faith: The Rosary

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM Comments comments (5)
Our Lady of Fatima
 
The word ‘Rosary’ comes from Latin and means ‘garland of roses’.  The Rosary is a devotion in honour of our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary and contemplates the life of Christ through the eyes of Mary.  It is a most beautiful devotion and I can attest to it delivering many graces to those who pray it. 
 
It is understood St Dominic gave us the Rosary as we now know it, after being moved by a vision of Our Lady; and he and Blessed Alan de la Roche revealed fifteen promises by Our Lady for those who pray the Rosary.  They are as follows:
 
  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
  8. Those who are faithful in reciting the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory, those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
  12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from My Divine Son, that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors, the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
 
 
These promises were further emphasised to the world when Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima in the early twentieth century and told them to pray the Rosary often for poor sinners and poor souls and for peace in the world. 
 
So now, let’s say it!!
 
Picture: rosaryprayerguide.com
 
Saying the Rosary:
 
Section 1
 
1.  Take your Rosary beads and use the Crucifix to bless yourself ‘In the name of the Father….’
 
2.  Then, still on the Crucifix, say the Apostles Creed.
 
 
Section 2 – These prayers are for the Holy Father’s prayer intentions 
 
1.  On the very first bead (closest to the Crucifix), say an Our Father
 
2.  Then on the next three beads say a Hail Mary on each bead
 
3.  On the next bead say a Glory Be. 
 
 
Section 3 – This is the main part of the Rosary.  Select the appropriate set of Mysteries (below) and then proceed as follows:
 
1.  On the first bead of each decade say an ‘Our Father’; then say a ‘Hail Mary’ on each of the following ten beads; then say one ‘Glory Be’; and finally, say the Fatima prayer.
 
2.  You then continue in this manner until you have said 5 decades, covering each mystery of the relevant set of Mysteries.
 
3.  Finish your Rosary by saying the Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina), the Final Prayer (both set out below) and making a sign of the Cross with your Crucifix.
 
4.  You have said your Rosary!!  Just wait for the graces to flow!!
 
Here are the prayers if you aren't sure of them....
 
The Apostles Creed: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
 
The Our Father: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.   Amen.
 
The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
 
The Glory Be (Doxology): Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.
 
The Fatima Prayer: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.
 
Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina): Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail our life our sweetness and our hope.  To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this veil of tears.  Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
 
Final Prayer: O God, by the life, death and resurrection of Your only begotten Son, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech thee that by meditating on these mysteries of the most Holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 
Mysteries
 
In saying your Rosary, contemplate these mysteries for each decade (selecting the appropriate set of mysteries for the day on which you say your Rosary):
 
The Joyful Mysteries (Monday, Saturday): The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
 
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday): The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion.
 
The Glorious Mysteries (Sunday, Wednesday): The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven.
 
The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday): The Baptism in the Jordan, The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and Repentance for Sin, The Transfiguration, The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.
 
 
 
 
 

Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Join in our Novena!

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM Comments comments (3)
 
On Sunday 13th October, the date of the last apparition of Our Lady in Fatima in 1917, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 
For those who aren't sure what this means, it means all who join in the consecration, either in person or through prayer, will put their complete trust in Mary, our Mother and will let her lead them in all things.  By this act of consecration we give our lives to Mary, she is our refuge and we allow her to guide our lives.  The Pope is inviting the whole world to join and will ask Our Lady to guide the entire world.  It is an opportunity we cannot miss and we should be encouraging EVERYONE to take part.
 
To prepare yourself for this joyous occasion why not join in the Novena led by www.praymorenovenas.com
The novena starts this Friday 4th October and is a beautiful way to start preparing for the big day!  If you sign up, you will start to receive the novena prayers to your email inbox so that you can say them at a time suitable to you! 
 
Also, when you sign up you will start to receive notifications and prayers for all novenas taking place throughout the year! 
 
Let us all join together in praying the novena and preparing ourselves for the world to be consecrated to our Mother's Immaculate Heart.  It is not something we can afford to miss.  Would you say no to your Mother?
 
 
For more details on the official consecration in Rome read this in-depth article at the Catholic Herald.

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