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|The Shroud and the Eucharist
Is there a connection?
|For most people, life is just a serious of “coincidences.” But in reality, when it comes to God’s Will, there are no “coincidences” — only miracles!
Is there proof, then, that there is a miraculous connection between the Eucharist and the Shroud of Turin? Some may call these historical events “unrelated”; in reality, we believe the Lord was cleansing and preparing the Tabernacle of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Torino, Italy for the time when the most important relic would come to rest there: the cloth that contains the very Blood that was shed the day of His Crucifixion!
This is the same “cleansing” and “preparing” our King did when He moved His headquarters out of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and began to sanctify the ground where He would establish His New Covenant headquarters in Rome. A sanctification that not only included the blood of the martyrs — especially Peter and Paul — but in having the pagan Roman army bring the holy objects of the Temple, such as the Menorah, to the Eternal City.
Anyone who doubts this should just stand under the Arch of Triumph Titus built for himself in Rome to commemorate this event. This and the story below, once again, proves the Truth of the Scriptures: “And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to His purpose, are called to be Saints”
Here, then, is one more set of miracles for the doubter to contemplate:
* In 1204 A.D., the Shroud was stolen from Constantinople by thieving, marauding, heretical soldier knights -- the Knights Templars -- in what has become known as the “Crusade Against the Cross.”
* By 1355 in Lirey, France the Shroud will, once again, be on display for the first time in Europe since it was stolen from Constantinople.
* In 1453, a Eucharistic miracle occurs in Turin, Italy. Two thieves, ex-soldiers, pillaged a Church in a neighboring city and stole, among other valuables, an ostensorium containing a consecrated Host (from the Latin word hostia, meaning “victim”).
Entering Turin with their sacred loot, the mule carrying the ostensorium stumbled and fell, freeing the Host from Its container and hurtling to unconsecrated ground.
But the Host did not fall to the ground. Instead, It miraculously hovered in midair with rays of Light emanating forth. The Bishop of Turin was summoned and personally witnessed the miracle, worshipping the Host before offering a chalice to the hovering Guest. In view of the dozen people present, the Host descended into the chalice.
With great devotion, the people of Turin who had now joined the witnesses went in joyous procession to place the miraculous Host -- known today as the Miracle of the Sun of Justice -- into the Tabernacle at St. John the Baptist Cathedral.
Various popes, many associated with events surrounding the Shroud -- Pius II, Gregory XVI, Clement XIII, Benedict XIV, St. Pius X, and Pius XI -- all recognized this miracle with various indulgences.
* Incredibly, in 1578, 125 years later, the cloth that wrapped the Body of the Savior and which was stolen in 1204 by thieves, finally came to rest in the same Church in Turin (Torino in Italian), St. John the Baptist Cathedral, where it still resides today.
Coincidence? There are no “coincidences” in God's Universe; only disbelief and lack of faith in the miracles of an omnipotent and merciful God.
* In 1584, the miraculous Host was consumed.
* It is now more than four centuries since its arrival, and the Shroud of Turin with the Lamb of God's Image upon it -- like the miraculous Host, the very Body of the Lord Jesus Christ -- is still miraculously raised above the Tabernacle during public exhibitions.
In the Great Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy, we had the privilege of seeing the Shroud exhibited. Pope John Paul II had requested that the cloth be on display to usher in the
3rd Millennium of Christianity! As we walked that day in the year 2000 from St. John the Baptist Cathedral, we were amazed as we came upon Corpus Domini — the Church in Torino dedicated to the Miracle of the Sun of Justice!
One is struck when entering into the Church — named in Latin for the Body of Our Lord! — that the entire wall behind the Altar is dedicated to a painting. A painting of that event in 1453. A painting that depicts the bishop offering the gleaming Host a chalice to rest within. A painting and a Church that proves this miracle occurred because no city, no group of people spend so much time, money and effort to commemorate that which did NOT occur!
The Miracle of the Sun of Justice is a fact. A fact proven in a Church consecrated on the very ground where the miracle occurred. A Church whose very name commemorates the Truth that there is a connection between the Shroud and the Eucharist!
Now, on May 4th, 2006, the Church will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Feast of the Holy Shroud, instituted by Pope Julius II in 1506.
There will be a tremendous celebration of this miraculous cloth in Torino — will there be one in your local parish, or will most continue to ignore this feast day honoring one of the greatest signs and miracles from our God of Wonder?