Here is the First of the Two Eucharistic Miracles of Lanciano, Italy:
God our Father longs to increase our faith in His Son’s Eucharistic Presence still here on earth. There are many miracles of the Eucharist in Church history. One such miracle took place in Lanciano, Italy. This town’s history is closely related to the crucifixion of Jesus.
In John’s Gospel it says: The soldiers therefore came; and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him. But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it, has given testimony; and his testimony is true; that you may also believe. For these things were done, that the scripture might be fulfilled: “You shall not break a bone of him.” And again another scripture said: “They shall look on him whom they pierced.” John 19:32-37
Tradition says the soldier who pierced Jesus’ side was named Longinus. After observing all that happened, he rightly proclaim ed, “Truly this was the Son of God.” It is said he suffered from poor eyesight, but he dipped his fingers into the blood and water dripping from the wounded heart of Jesus and touched it to his eyes. His eyesight was restored and his heart was converted. He gave up his position as a Roman soldier and was later martyred for the faith.
The town of Lanciano was renamed from the original name of Anzanum for the words “The Lance” in honor of Longinus, the saint who pierced the side of Jesus. Next week we will hear about the second miracle involving the Precious Body and Blood that takes place in Lanciano, Italy. As in the story about the soldier Longinus, it involves healing and conversion.BACK TO LIST