Did You Know?: The Eucharistic Miracle of Avignon

Did you know that in 1433 (two years after St. Joan of Arc's death), in a French town called Avignon, Franciscan monks were holding perpetual adoration in the Church of the Holy Cross, on the Rhone river. After days of rain the river flooded and the monks feared the Blessed Sacrament had been carried away by the water.

So two monks got in a boat and rowed to the Church. When they saw that the water was halfway up the main doors they feared the worst. They pushed open the doors to the church and saw that the main aisle and the altar were completely free of water. The rest of the Church was filled with four feet of water, but the altar remained dry. The Blessed Sacrament was just as they had left it. They also saw that some papers, books and cloths which had been placed under the altar were dry.

The monks quickly went to bring two more of their order, who confirmed the miracle. A few days later the waters receded and crowds came to the church to see that everything under the altar was dry. To this day the monks return to the site of the Church to celebrate the anniversary of this miracle.

The parting of the waters in the church echoes the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus:

'Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the sons of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.' (Exodus 14:21-22)

See? Miracles don't just happen in the Bible.


Read more about all the Eucharistic miracles from different countries:

The Real Presence website- Eucharistic Miracles of the World, Vatican International Exhibition

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