Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Miracle of the Blood of Saint Januarius Takes Place Again

Cardinal Sepe: congealed blood of the martyr who was beheaded in 305 has liquefied

Naples ( The blood miracle of St. Januarius in Naples arrived on time. On the day of the death of the patron saint of the city, early Tuesday, the blood of the relic liquified in the cathedral. At the beginning of Mass, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe announced the blood miracle ("O miracolo"). For Neapolitans, the event is considered a good omen for their city at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Believers on the cathedral square welcome the good news with fireworks.
The "blood miracle of San Gennaro" (Italian for Januarius) liquefy the otherwise congealed blood of the saint, which is kept in the cathedral in two ampules in a silver monstrance. On the days of the Annunciation, on the first weekend in May, September 19, and on the 16th of December, the relic is presented in the ampules in the cathedral, shaken vigorously, and the contents are then temporarily liquefied. There are scientific explanations for the phenomenon of liquefaction, but they have not found any general recognition.

September 19 is the date of the death of Januarius, who was beheaded in Pozzuoli, near Naples, under the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

Trans: Tancred

1 comment:

Roseanne said...

In older literature on the miracle of St.Januarious it is never questioned that it is miraculous, and not scientifically explainable. There are times when it doesn't liquify. This is the age when all miracles are suspect.