My Pictures of Lanciano

Lanciano, Italy - home of a famous Eucharistic miracle

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The present romanesque Church, built by Fransiscans in 1258, who still run it today.
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The interior, now in a Boroque style, dates from 1700. Note how that have a "veil" in front of the high altar, as the Eucharist is not to be exposed during Mass.
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The oldest Eucharistic miracle in the Church, in the 8th century, when during Mass, after the consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine into real Blood. The present marble altar dates from 1902.
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These can still be distincly observed today, in this silver monstrance which dates from 1713.
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Scientific tests done in 1970 and again in 1981 show that both the Flesh and Blood were human. The Flesh is a section of the Heart, the Blood has all the charateristics of normal, fresh blood (type AB).
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A picture showing the Basilian monk, who was doubting the Real, Divine present of Jesus in the Eucharish, when then miracle took place as he celebrated Mass.
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In the excavations / crypt, the wall behind me is part of the orifinal Church of St. Legonziano (6th-7th century) in which the miracle took place.
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The Eucharistic miracle reinforces the faith of all believers, a visible and tangible reminder of how the Omnipotent Lord makes himself present every day. Under the form of bread and wine, we truly receive the Body and Blood of Christ. (Photo of back of the Sanctuary)
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The Cathedral of Lanciano. A plaque on the front speaks of how the 16th century Bishop, a friend of St. Charles Borromeo, also attended the Council of Trent and helped to implement its reforms in the diocese.
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The city hall / tower of Lanciano next to the Cathedral.
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