Modern Christian Mythology: Eucharist Miracle of Lanciano

Eucharist Miracle of Lanciano

The Miracle of Lanciano is a claim that, in Lanciano Italy circa 700 CE, a particular instance of the Eucharist (a Christian rite in which bread, usually in the form of a cracker, and wine, sometimes grape juice, is consumed in imitation of the story of the Last Supper), physically turned into a chunk of meat and some blood. Since, in the Catholic version of the ritual, the food is believed to change into the body and blood of the god/man Jesus, the chunk of flesh is supposedly a piece of Jesus’ body. The chunk of meat is currently kept in a jar.

Personally, I find it hard to fathom that even a die hard catholic would believe this story, silly as it is. Even in Catholic theology, the Eucharist isn’t supposed to literally turn into a piece of meat and some blood, it’s a spiritual change. To believe it turns into flesh is pure magic and superstition, not religious reverence. Not to mention that faking this particular miracle would be easy even for a poor stage magician.

None of the claimed “facts” of the can be proved or disproved because they are pretty general in nature. The evidence may indeed be a piece of meat, even human meat; human flesh would be easy enough to get from a cadaver. So, how can this be debunked? Merely by questioning it. Why would the Eucharist suddenly “literally” turn into meat when millions of Catholics all over the world merely chewed on a cracker? Why would a supernatural being with the ability to create the universe perform such a meaningless miracle in a small Italian town at a time when evidence could not easily be taken and communication was so poor? Surely, a miracle a bit more convincing would convince a lot more people, thereby saving a lot more souls. That fact that this miracle is so seldom brought up even by believing Catholics is a testament to it’s dubious nature.

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3 Comments on “Modern Christian Mythology: Eucharist Miracle of Lanciano”


  1. “To believe it turns into flesh is pure magic and superstition, not religious reverence. ”

    I can draw no distinction between pure magic/ superstion and religious reverence.
    What is more magical than re-animation/resurrection, walking on water, or turning water into wine? And each of those things are held in “reverence” as evidence of divine power by the faithful.

    How much less magical is a Pope curing an incurable disease in response to a Nun’s prayer? A hunk of dead jebus flesh magically appearing is no less believable than any other scriptural miracle.

    You give Christians and Catholics too much credit. Their entire belief system is predicated on magic and superstition.

  2. gayle gartley Says:

    It’s not just a piece of meat. It has been analyzed by laboratory and photos of it show the intricate structures of a human heart. The scientific analysis is on-line. The priest who was holding the bread when it became flesh during a Mass, was doubting the bread really was the body of Christ.

  3. Victor Says:

    If you believe that the Catholic Eucharist actually becomes a part of a body of Jesus or any other human, you’re a heretic. You’re not standing up for a religious belief, you’re standing up for a misrepresentation of a religious belief. Pretty funny, when you think about it. Over all, it doesn’t make a difference. One superstitious pre-scientific world view is the same as any other. Might as well believe in goblins and sorcerers.


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