A Eucharistic Miracle

The Eucharistic Miracle that took place in Bordeaux on 3 February 1822 remains one of the greatest manifestations of God. The miraculous apparition of 1822 took place in a chapel of the Association had scarcely begun.

The following is an account of the Miracle as it was written in the introduction to the General Rules of the Association in 1831 and as it has been handed down to the members of the Family of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles.

On February 3 1822, Septuagesima Sunday, Abbe Delort, formerly Priest in charge of the Parish of Barie and then retired in the parish of St. Eulalie, Bordeaux, was asked by Fr. Noailles to give Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the House of the Ladies of Loreto. This venerable ecclesiastic went, at 4.30 p.m. to the Chapel of these Ladies.

But scarcely had he exposed the Blessed Sacrament on the alter when the Sacred Species moved slightly and the bust and head of Our Lord, surrounded by a brilliant halo were distinctly seen. They were encircled by the rays of the monstrance like a portrait in its frame, with this difference- that the person was alive. His face was of dazzling brightness and represented a young man of about thirty, exceptionally beautiful. He had fair hair, which fell in ringlets on to his shoulders, he wore a red scarf; his left hand rested on his heart and his right was stretched out towards the people who were in the chapel. He bowed from time to time and seemed then to detach himself from the circle of the monstrance, which appeared bigger than usual. He had a kind of luminous diamond on each shoulder and one would have said that the Chapel was lighted up by brilliant lights.

Amongst the people present, some were absorbed in deep contemplation, others wept tears of joy, love and gratitude; several could not contain their sentiments of fervor.

This miraculous apparition continued during the hymn of the Blessed Sacrament, Domine Salvum fac, the prayers, canticle and up to the blessing, that is to say, twenty minutes.

Of the twenty-one persons probably present in the chapel (plus those unknown), fourteen testified.

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