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Eucharistic Miracle in Poland Tested & Confirmed by Bishop

Apr 22, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

Once again, Our Lord has granted the Church a Eucharistic Miracle to strengthen our faltering faith in, and proper reverence toward, this central teaching of the Catholic faith: When Jesus said, "This is my body," and, "This is my blood," he meant it literally.

 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?

Jesus answered them . . . I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh . . .

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.  Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. (John 6)

A Eucharistic Miracle is when God allows us to see with our own eyes the consecrated host as it truly is—the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. But it is not unique. We experience a Eucharistic miracle at every Mass. Every Holy Communion that we receive into our bodies is the same miracle. We just can't detect it with our senses, but by faith and effect we know it to be true. And it is a holy and fearful thing.

As reported by CNA/EWTN News this week:

A bleeding Host that “has the hallmarks of a Eucharistic miracle” was approved for veneration in Poland over the weekend.

The announcement was made by Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica on April 17.

On Christmas Day 2013, a consecrated Host fell to the floor, the bishop said. It was picked up and placed in a container with water. Soon after, red stains appeared on the host.

Then-Bishop of Legnica, Stefan Cichy, created a commission to monitor the host. In February 2014, a small fragment was placed on a corporal and underwent testing by various research institutes.

The final medical statement by the Department of Forensic Medicine found:

“In the histopathological image, the fragments were found containing the fragmented parts of the cross striated muscle. It is most similar to the heart muscle.”

Tests also determined the tissue to be of human origin, and found that it bore signs of distress.

Saying that the Host “has the hallmarks of a Eucharistic miracle,” Bishop Kiernikowski explained that in January 2016 he presented the matter to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In April, in accordance with the Holy See’s recommendations, he asked parish priest Andrzej Ziombrze “to prepare a suitable place for the Relics so that the faithful could venerate it.”

Below is the Announcement of the Bishop of Legnica, Msgr. Zbigniew Kiernikowski, on the Eucharistic Miracle in St. Jack Parish, translated from Polish.

Sisters and Brothers in Our Lord Jesus Christ!

As The Bishop of Legnica I hereby announce to the public and inform about an event that took place in the parish of St. Jack in Legnica which has the signs of the Eucharistic miracle. On 25th December, 2013 during the distribution of the Holy Communion, a consecrated Host fell to the floor and then was picked up and placed in a water-filled container (vasculum). Soon after, stains of the red colour appeared.  The former Bishop of Legnica, Stefan Cichy, set up a commission to observe the phenomenon. In February 2014, a tiny red fragment of the Host was seperated and put on a corporal. The Commission ordered to take samples in order to conduct the thourough tests by the relevant research institutes.

In the final announcement of the Department of Forensic Medicine we read as follows:  In the histopathological image, the fragments of tissue have been found containing the fragmented parts of the cross striated muscle. (...) The whole (...)  is most similar to the heart muscle with alterations that often appear during the agony. The genetic researches indicate the human origin of the tissue.

In January this year I presented the whole matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican. Today, according to the recommendations of the Holy See, I ordered the parish vicar Andrzej Ziombro to prepare a suitable place for a display of the Relic so that the faithful could give it the proper adoration. Hereby, I also ask for providing the visitors with information and conducting the regular teaching that could help the faithful to have the proper attitude to the eucharistic cult. I also command to form a book to register all received benefits and other miraculous events.    

I hope that this will serve to deepen the cult of the Eucharist and will have deep impact on the lives of people facing the Relic. We see the misterious Sign as an extraordinary act of love and goodness of God, who comes to humans in ultimate humiliation. 

I cordially ask for your prayer and I bless you

+ Zbigniew Kiernikowski

The Bishop of Legnica 

Read next Pope Francis’ Eucharistic Miracle in Argentina

The Eucharistic Miracle from Christmas Day 2013 in Legnica, Poland, was scientifically tested and shown to be human cardiac tissue.

Comments

Jill
Jill says
Jan 14 2019 1:08PM
Not that I don't believe in miracles, because I do, but as a Eucharistic Minister, I also wonder why the Host, when dropped, wasn't immediately consumed. Instead, put in a vase...? What?
Jill - There are two stances on what to do when a consecrated host is dropped: one is to consume the host immediately. The other is to dissolve it in water; this is because once the physical bread is decomposed, Christ is no longer sacramentally present, and then the substance can be respectfully discarded (usually through a special sink that sends water directly to the ground and not into pipes or sewers). Either way is fine, with the water option being instituted for practicality's sake, so that no one is obligated to consume something that has been on the ground. (Even though Christ is present that doesn't take away the harm of potentially consuming bacteria and such) Occasionally miracles do occur when this "dissolving" method is used. However, the practice came first, not the miracles. :)
benoy john
benoy john says
Dec 7 2018 10:55AM
new miracle in india.in the state of kerala during holy mass jesus face appeared on host.for last 5 years the host has been kept safe by church authorities for studies.even after 5 years the image and host is still fresh without any damges.the host is returned to church for veneration.soon it may be declared as eucharistic miracle.i recently visited the church and a witness to it.you can see the photos by searching google" vilakkannoor miracle".
William
William says
Jul 30 2018 5:27PM
I've been looking into this and although many report it, I am finding it hard to confirm images of the miracle. How come there are no images of the eucharist here on this page. I can find images online by themselves, but I can't be sure of the legitimacy of the source. Anyone help?
Hi William, you can find more information on this Eucharistic miracle, along with a photo, here: http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/polish-eucharistic-miracle-in-legnica.
Tracy
Tracy says
Sep 28 2016 11:33AM
I believe in your miracles O Jesus Christ. Open our hearts to receive you O Lord. I pray for those who don't understand this O holy spirit grant them wisdom that comes from above .
Paulette
Paulette says
Sep 3 2016 3:08PM
"I'm with you 'till the end of time"... Words of Christ as he departs the earth.

He's with us physically and spiritually through the Eurachrist.

Pray for understanding of this teaching and miracle......can only be used understood and accepted through the gift of faith.
Susan
Susan says
Sep 2 2016 3:19PM
It saddens me so to read many people post that there are no miracles today. There are thousands of Eucharistic Miracles confirmed throughout the last two thousand years, hundreds of thousands of seriously ill people who have been miraculously cured, and yet some folks faith is so weak they do not believe God is performing miracles ant longer. Born into Lutheranism I would have been one of the nay sayers for miracles were only taught from The Bible back in time, and somehow non Catholics missed the Scriptures ob Jesus feeding the TWELVE the night He was arrested and had clearly commanded them to DO THIS. See John chapter 6 The Bread of Life Discourse. I was blessed to attend a church where a miracle (noneuchartistic) had taken place. I was with a large group praying the rosary still not a Catholic, a fallen away materialustic queen me, before I entered the make shift shrine for the recessitation of the rosary for the possibility of a miracle, I simply asked God "How can this be" and He showed me by performing a miracle on me during the rosary that I paid no attention to because He had all my attention and then some. Open your hearts even a little and soon He will allow you greater understanding and deeper faith.
Peter
Peter says
Sep 2 2016 2:28PM
Tantum ergo sacrament.venere mulcenui.

Sakramenti kubwa hiyo tuheshimu pamoja-

Na sheria ya zamani ikomeshwe na hiyo.

Jag är livets bröd

Det ska komma till mig ska aldrig hungra

Jag är levande vatten-

Det ska tro på mig ska aldrig törsta
Dulce E. GEbe
Dulce E. GEbe says
Sep 2 2016 2:10AM
Mt Jesus, I believed that thou art really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love thee above all things and I desire to

possess , Thee within my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee Sacramentally , come at least Spiritually into my heart....
Julie
Julie says
Sep 1 2016 6:48AM
Gretchen Filz--from where are you deriving the data for your statement that the "overwhelming majority" of today's Catholics do not believe in the real presence? Please cite.
Hi Julie, you are correct that my use of "overwhelming majority" is too strong based on an outdated poll; the current percentage of Catholics that both know the Church teaching on transubstantiation and believe it is true is estimated to be 46%. So there is some qualification needed in that sweeping statement. Thank you for pointing that out.
Rudy
Rudy says
Aug 6 2016 3:07AM
read the book Reason to Believe
Richard Davies
Richard Davies says
Aug 5 2016 5:51AM
I believe
Maryjo
Maryjo says
Aug 4 2016 10:05AM
Thank You Jesus!??
Marilyn Cutler
Marilyn Cutler says
Aug 4 2016 2:49AM
Jesus came to heal the sick - the healthy don't need visual signs and miracles. They already know and believe that Jesus is alive in the Eucharist. This Miracle is for those who are skeptical about the "Real Presence."
Marty
Marty says
Aug 3 2016 11:54PM
Cathy,

God gives every one of us free will. He could easily stop ISIS and,wars and feed the hungry but it is our job to spread his message and teach people about Christ's message of love. Unfortunately we don't do this because we feel threatened too give up our lives even though Jesus said we should give up our lives for others. We, especially I included, are too comfortable living our lives and playing it safe.
Norma E. Sanchez
Norma E. Sanchez says
Aug 3 2016 11:29PM
Blessed be Jesuschrist in the Most Holy Sacrament, now and forever, Amen.
Christina
Christina says
Aug 3 2016 3:33PM
I believe it. Brings to mind all those years ago when Pope John PauI II came to America and they sent in the bomb sniffing dogs to sweep the Cathedral in NY. Nothing was found so they sent in the dogs to check for assassins who might be hiding. The dogs turned up nothing until they reached the tabernacle where the Eucharist is kept. They continously signaled a presence there. Their handlers could find no one. Those dogs could sense, what we humans fail to acknowledge.
Kimberly
Kimberly says
Aug 3 2016 12:05PM
Amen, Amen, Amen, true enough for Jesus is present.
Mike Gannon
Mike Gannon says
Jul 23 2016 3:32PM
Kyle, That is why it is called a miracle.
Kyle Harley
Kyle Harley says
Jul 11 2016 5:42PM
Not in the realm of possibilty I'm afraid to say.
Paul
Paul says
Jun 12 2016 9:49AM
"What should we learn from this?"

Humility.
Agnes
Agnes says
Apr 26 2016 9:05PM
In did our redeemer lives. To God be the glory
Cathy Zeigler
Cathy Zeigler says
Apr 26 2016 6:39PM
I want to believe something like this is possible. But I am always questioning things that seem impossible. What I don't understand is if this could be true then why cant there be miracles to heal the sick,feed the starving , stop wars, stop ISIS, cure cancer etc. etc. What purpose does a miracle like this serve. I don't mean that in a flippant way. It seems like it is " preaching to the choir". If you already believe in the Eucharist as the body,blood,soul and divinity of Christ then you don't really require this sort of phenomena. However if God wants to reach the hearts and souls of less faithful people , do you think a Eucharistic miracle will reach them? Again I don't mean this in a disrespectful way. I just don't know what this means if it is true. What should we learn from this???
Hi Cathy, your questions are good ones. Looking back through Eucharistic Miracles in history, they were often given at a time when belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated host (the Eucharist) was at a low point. In our own day, the overwhelming majority of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence. If the source and summit of our faith is the Blessed Sacrament, and if most people deny or reject this incredible source of healing, power, and strength, then this has damaging effects not just for individuals, not just for the Church, but for the whole world. The Church is the Body of Christ, literally, in virtue of the Eucharist. It is through the individuals that make up the Body of Christ that Jesus feeds the the starving, heals the sick, stops wars, etc. God wants us to be cooperators in his redeeming work. There are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world; if they all became saints, what would the world look like? It would be a holier place. Not that we can achieve in this world a perfection that will only be realized in the world to come; suffering is a consequence of sin that we will endure until the Second Coming. But there would be more evil resisted and overcome if more Catholics allowed Jesus to make them saints. So, Jesus' Eucharistic Miracles have the effect of strengthening tepid and weak souls and make them realize that what the Church teaches is real and its affect on us is truly transformative if we do not resist it by our hard-hardheartedness and unbelief. I hope that helps with some of your struggles to understand!
Benigne Dohms
Benigne Dohms says
Apr 23 2016 4:03PM
One of the most famous battles in Poland's history took place in Legnica over 700 years ago with many lives lost. It is interesting that a Eucharistic miracle will be linked to Legnica as well. Our Lord works in mysterious ways!
Blanca Solitaire
Blanca Solitaire says
Apr 23 2016 4:13AM
Amen amen amen.
Joan
Joan says
Apr 22 2016 3:09PM
Our Lord is with us always

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at GetFed.com, she is also editor of the MorningOffering.com daily devotional email and author at GoodCatholic.com. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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