Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Recurring Miracle of St. Januarius

Januarius was a bishop who was martyred during the Diocletian persecution of the 4th century. As a martyr, the relic of his blood was preserved by the Christian faithful of his day. Considering that he died 1700 years ago, you would expect the blood to be all clotted and dried. It is. Most of the time.

Weirdly enough, it liquefies a couple of times a year, including on his feast day (which was earlier this month, and yep, it liquefied per CNA) and on the anniversary of a volcanic eruption believed to have been ceased by Januarius's intercession.

At some point, after this blog has made me rich of course, I hope to see this in person along with the Miracle of Lanciano. So make sure you are spreading the word here to bankroll my pilgrimages!

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