We have started our simple exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles which happened and were proved through the history of the Holy Church. (WE ARE ALL VERY WELCOME to visit The Chapel of the Sacred Heart in St Swithun’s church and to meditate what happened there.
This week: Eucharistic Miracle of CARAVACA de la CRUZ 1231 (Spain)
The Story in more detail
The Eucharistic miracle of Caravaca de la Cruz regards the celebration of a miraculous Mass during which Jesus appeared inside a Host together with a Crucifix. Thanks to this apparition, the Muslim king of Murcia and his family were converted to Catholicism. The most authoritative document describing the miracle is the contemporary testimony of the Franciscan Father Gilles of Zamora, the historian of King St. Ferdinand.
Caravaca is one of the six recognized Holy Cities by the Vatican, having been recognized as such by Pope John Paul II in 1998. Caravaca is a historic pilgrimage site, and home to the Cross of Caravaca, a piece of the True Cross (Vera Cruz).
According to tradition, on May 3, 1232, the Moorish king Ceyt-Abuceyt and his subjects became Christians upon witnessing the Miracle of the Apparition of Santa Cruz. In this apparition, a fragment of the True Cross was lowered from heaven so that priest Gines Perez Chirinos (a prisoner at the time) could say mass. The Catholic church recognises the fragment at Caravaca as the Vera Cruz, a title for the cross found by Saint Isabel, the mother of Constantine.