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: in SCETE, Egypt III century. Brief Overview:
While a monk was celebrating Mass, he didn’t expect to see this …During the 3rd and 4th centuries many men and women were inspired by the example of a humble hermit now known as St. Anthony the Abbot and left all they had to lead a life of prayer and contemplation in the Egyptian desert. One of the main centres of this radical type of monastic living was an area known as Scetis, located in the northwestern Nile Delta. According to an ancient document called the Sayings of the Fathers, there lived a monk in this community who had doubts about the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist at Mass. He would say to his fellow monks, “The Bread we receive is not really the Body of Christ, but is a symbol of that Body.” Confronted by members of the monastic community about this belief, he replied, “Unless you can show me evidence, I will not change my mind.”
Later on during a Sunday Mass when the disbelieving monk said the words of consecration over the Eucharistic host, a little boy appeared in his hands instead of the consecrated bread. It was clear to the monk that the boy was the Child Jesus and at the time when he was to place the host in his mouth it changed back to a host. At this unexpected miracle the monk declared, “Lord, I believe that the Bread is Your Body, and that Your Blood is in the chalice.”
This miracle recalls a similar connection that many different holy men and women have expressed over the centuries. They believed that every Mass is like Christmas, when Christ comes down from heaven to be on our altars. In this way, every day is a “Christmas” day, when Jesus “dwells among us” under the appearance of bread.
The Story in more detail
In the sayings and deeds of the Fathers of the Desert, we find the description of an ancient Eucharistic miracle. Fr. Daniel the Faranite attests: “Our Fr. Arsenius told us of a monk of the Scete who was a hard worker but lacked instruction in the Faith. In his ignorance he would say: ‘The Bread we receive is not really the Body of Christ, but is a symbol of that Body.’ Two of the more experienced monks heard his statement and, aware that he was a good and pious monk, decided to speak to him since they attributed his words to his ignorance and not to malice. So they informed him: ‘What you are saying contradicts our Faith.’ The accused replied: ‘Unless you can show me evidence, I will not change my mind.’ The older monks told him: ‘We will pray to God about this mystery and we believe God will show us the truth.’ “
A week later, on Sunday, all went to the church. At the consecration, in place of the Host, a Young Boy was seen. When the priest raised the Eucharistic Bread an angel appeared with a sword and pierced the Boy and when the priest broke the Host, Blood ran into the chalice. At the Communion, the angel took Bloodied Particles from the Host and brought them to the monks to receive. At this the doubter cried out ‘Lord, I believe that the Bread is Your Body, and that Your Blood is in the chalice.’ Immediately the Bloodied Flesh he had in his hand became the Eucharistic Bread and he communicated reverently.”