The Guardian Angel: Eucharistic Miracle at Ludbreg Croatia, 1411
Jesus said, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever." John 6:51-58
Listen closely to some of the saints that were sinners like you and I at one time, but sought the truth, and God gave them special revelations about Himself to share with others, for encouragement and joy:
“Every Consecrated Host is made to burn itself up with love in a human heart,” Saint John Vianney, the Cure of Ars”
“I love so much a soul’s desire to receive Me, that I hasten to it each time it summons Me by its yearnings.” Words of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
“To be possessed by Jesus and to possess Him – that is the perfect reign of Love.” St. Peter Juliean Eymard
From 386-397 A.D. St. John Chrysostom served as a priest in the main church of Antioch. He soon became renown for his preaching and writing skills.
In 397 A.D. he succeeded St. Gregory of Nazianz as Bishop of Constantinople."When the word says, 'This is My Body,' be convinced of it and believe it, and look at it with the eyes of the mind. For Christ did not give us something tangible, but even in His tangible things all is intellectual. So too with Baptism: the gift is bestowed through what is a tangible thing, water; but what is accomplished is intellectually perceived: the birth and the renewal. If you were incorporeal He would have given you those incorporeal gifts naked; but since the soul is intertwined with the body, He hands over to you in tangible things that which is perceived intellectually. How many now say, 'I wish I could see His shape, His appearance, His garments, His sandals.' Only look! You see Him! You touch Him! You eat Him!" "Homilies on the Gospel of Matthew" [82,4] 370 A.D.
"I wish to add something that is plainly awe-inspiring, but do not be astonished or upset. This Sacrifice, no matter who offers it, be it Peter or Paul, is always the same as that which Christ gave His disciples and which priests now offer: The offering of today is in no way inferior to that which Christ offered, because it is not men who sanctify the offering of today; it is the same Christ who sanctified His own. For just as the words which God spoke are the very same as those which the priest now speaks, so too the oblation is the very same."
Source: St. John Chrysostom, "Homilies on the Second Epistle to Timothy," 2,4, c. 397 A.D.
"It is not the power of man which makes what is put before us the Body and Blood of Christ, but the power of Christ Himself who was crucified for us. The priest standing there in the place of Christ says these words but their power and grace are from God. 'This is My Body,' he says, and these words transform what lies before him." Source: St. John Chrysostom "Homilies on the Treachery of Judas" 1,6; d. 407 A.D.:
Homilies on the First Letter to the Corinthians [24,1] ca. 392 A.D. "'The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not communion of the Blood of Christ?' Very trust-worthily and awesomely does he say it. For what he is saying is this: 'What is in the cup is that which flowed from His side, and we partake of it.' He called it a cup of blessing because when we hold it in our hands that is how we praise Him in song, wondering and astonished at His indescribable Gift, blessing Him because of His having poured out this very Gift so that we might not remain in error, and not only for His having poured out It out, but also for His sharing It with all of us."
"The Eucharist is a fire that inflames us, that, like lions breathing fire, we may retire from the altar being made terrible to the devil."
St. John Chrysostom was a Doctor of the Catholic Church and Bishop of Constantinople. Love and prayers to each of your families, to Jesus through Mary, GregoryMary
Eucharistic Miracle of Ludbreg Croatia 1411
During Mass at Ludbreg in 1411, a priest doubted whether the Body and Blood of Christ were really present in the Eucharistic species. Immediately after being consecrated, the wine turned into Blood. Today the precious relic of the miraculous Blood still draws thousands of the faithful, and every year at the beginning of September the so-called “Sveta Nedilja – Holy Sunday” is celebrated for an entire week in honor of the Eucharistic miracle that occurred in 1411.
In 1411 at Ludbreg, in the chapel of the Count Batthyany’s castle, a priest was celebrating Mass.
During the consecration of the wine, the priest doubted the truth of transubstantiation, and the wine in the chalice turned into Blood.
Not knowing what to do, the priest embedded this relic in the wall behind the main altar.
The workman who did the job was sworn to silence. The priest also kept it secret and revealed it only at the time of his death.
After the priest’s revelation, news quickly spread and people started coming on pilgrimage to Ludbreg.
The Holy See later had the relic of the miracle brought to Rome, where it remained for several years. The people of Ludbreg and the surrounding area, however, continued to make pilgrimages to the castle chapel.
In the early 1500s, during the pontificate of Pope Julius II, a commission was convened in Ludbreg to investigate the facts connected with the Eucharistic miracle.
Many people testified that they had received marvelous cures while praying in the relic’s presence.
On April 14, 1513, Pope Leo X published a Bull permitting veneration of the holy relic which he himself had carried in procession several times through the streets of Rome. The relic was later returned to Croatia.
In the 18th century, northern Croatia was ravaged by the plague.
The people turned to God to call upon His help, and the Croatian Parliament did the same.
During the session held on December 15, 1739 in the city of Varazdin, they vowed to build a chapel at Ludbreg in honor of the miracle if the plague ended.
The plague was averted, but the promised vow was only fulfilled in 1994, when democracy was restored in Croatia.
In 2005 in the votive chapel, the artist Marijan Jakubin painted a large fresco of the Last Supper in which Croatian saints and blesseds were drawn in place of the Apostles.
St. John was replaced with Blessed Ivan Merz, who was included among the 18 most important Eucharistic saints in the Church’s history during the Synod of Bishops held in Rome in 2005.
In the painting, Christ is holding in His hand a monstrance containing the relic of the Eucharistic miracle.