Eucharistic miracle of
Netherlands, 1222 - 1465
What are Eucharistic Miracles?
Throughout the history of the Catholic Church, Jesus has proven
beyond any doubt that He is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. Why
did He have to prove this to us? It is because at certain times in
history, there were heresies that denied the Real Presence in the
Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
In 1222 and 1465, two
important Eucharistic miracles took place in the town of Meerssen.
The first occurred during Holy Mass, when living Blood dripped from
the large Host and stained the corporal. The second occurred in
With the help of Gerberga of
Saxony, wife of the French King Louis IV of Outremer, the ancient
chapel was enlarged in the mid tenth century and became an important
church. In 1222 an important Eucharistic miracle occurred in this
church and was recognized by the ecclesiastical authorities. During
the celebration of Sunday Mass, the priest consecrated the
Eucharistic species, and living Blood started to drip from the large
Host, staining the Mass corporal.
In 1465 a huge fire broke out
and destroyed the church, but a farmer managed to rescue the relic
of the Blood-stained Host, which remained completely unharmed. The
townspeople remember this episode as the “Miracle of the Fire.”
Despite the fire, the church was immediately rebuilt, and in 1938
Pius XI raised it to a minor basilica. Today it is still a major
pilgrimage center in the Netherlands, and the precious relic of the
miracle is carried in procession each year on the octave of Corpus
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