Many are labeling it a miracle and saying that it is a true sign from Jesus Christ, while others aren’t nearly as convinced. An investigation has been launched by the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City after a discarded communion wafer has caused a huge stir. That particular wafer has appeared to bleed for days and it has prompted a closer look be taken.
According to Fox 13 Now, the Saint Xavier church in Kearns is where the supposed miracle took place, and it’s making people wonder exactly what is going on.
For those that aren’t aware, a “host” is a small wafer that is handed out to church-goers as a section of the communion part of service. It’s typically referred to as a “communion wafer,” but is officially called a “host.”
Just last week, during the holy communion, a host was returned to the father who was overseeing that particular service. The father took the host and placed it into a glass of water that was near the head of the church.
This is customary, and in most every case, the host will end up dissolving in the water in the course of a few minutes. That wasn’t the case with this particular host.
Members of the church say that the communion wafer was not only still floating in the water three days later, but it appeared to be bleeding.
A full week after mass on Nov. 8, the host had actually developed a dark red color, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
It was at this point that the Catholic Diocese began receiving reports that there had been a “bleeding host.” Church officials almost immediately made their way to St. Francis Xavier Church and recovered the host so that it could be examined thoroughly.
Research is going to be done to determine the validity of the bleeding communion wafer and find out just what may have happened. Monsignor M. Francis Mannion, the head of the committe, issued a statement regarding the whereabouts of the “bleeding host” and what was being done.
“Recently, reports of a bleeding host at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns have been circulating within the diocese. Monsignor Colin F. Bircumshaw, Diocesan Administrator, has appointed an ad hoc committee of individuals with various backgrounds to investigate the matter. The work of the committee is now underway. The results will be made public.
“The host is now in the custody of the Diocesan Administrator. Contrary to rumor, there are NO current plans for public exposition or adoration.
“Whatever the outcome of the investigation, we can use this time to renew our faith and devotion in the greatest miracle — the Real Presence of Jesus Christ that takes place at every Mass.
“Msgr. M. Francis Mannion
As of now, there are no plans to make the “bleeding host” available for public viewing or adoration in any way. The Catholic Diocese is not keeping it a secret or anything, but they are looking into it more before making a bigger deal out of it.
Once the investigation has been concluded, the results will be made available so that the public can have knowledge of it all.
Once word had spread about the bleeding host, there were a lot of congregation members from St. Xavier Church and other churches that wanted to know more and to see it. The bleeding host, or bleeding communion wafer, is going to be looked at carefully by the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and hope more information can be found out quickly.
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