Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.
During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.
The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back.
The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.
Various ecclesiastical investigation ("Recognitions") were conducted since 1574.
In 1970-'71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.
The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and
they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.
These analyses sustained the following conclusions:
|Fig. 1 - Eosine x 200. Overall histological aspect of a Flesh sample with
fibers collected in bundles with longitudinal orientation as it occurs in the outer
surface layers of the heart.
|Fig. 2 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 250. An artery and, very close, a
branch of the vagal nerve.
|Fig. 3 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 400. Evidence of the
"Rough" aspect of the endocardium; the syncytoid structure of the myocardial
|Fig. 4 - Elution-absorption test x 80. Above: Hemagglutination test on blood
sample in Lanciano: on the left, anti A serum used; on the right, anti-B serum. Below:
hemoagglutination test on a Flesh sample in Lanciano: left, with anti-A serum, right,with
anti-B serum. It appears thus that the Flesh and the Blood in Lanciano belong to AB blood
|Fig. 5 - Electro-phoretic pattern of Blood proteins (Cromoscan photometer). The
profile of serum fractions is normal and superimposable to that of a fresh serum sample.
In conclusion, it may be said that Science, when called upon to testify, has given a
certain and thorough response as regards the authenticity of the Eucharistic Miracle of
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66034 Lanciano (CH), Italy
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