Tthe city of Naples, Italy, once again witnessed the miraculous liquefaction of St. Januarius’ blood. This extraordinary event took place during a Mass on December 16, 2023, in the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius, celebrating the city’s beloved patron saint.

The Archdiocese of Naples reported that at 10:35 a.m., following the Eucharistic celebration led by Monsignor Vincenzo De Gregorio, the solidified blood of the saint transformed into liquid. This year marked the fourth occurrence of the miracle, an event that traditionally happens up to three times annually.

The phenomenon is deeply rooted in the city’s history and faith.

St. Januarius, a third-century bishop and martyr, is revered for his unwavering bravery and faith. The miracle of his blood liquefying has become a symbol of hope and protection for the city, especially significant since it coincides with the anniversary of Naples’ deliverance from the 1631 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Monsignor De Gregorio, addressing the congregation, emphasized the spiritual significance of the event, stating, “The feast of Saint Januarius is exclusively by virtue of what we celebrate: the death on the cross of Jesus. We ask the martyr Saint Januarius that the testimony of his life, even to the point of blood, protect and encourage us.”

While the Church has not officially recognized the miracle, it holds a special place in the hearts of the locals. The Archbishop of Naples, Domenico Battaglia, echoed this sentiment, reminding believers that “The blood of St. Januarius is not an oracle. Instead, it’s a beacon, directing us to embrace the Gospel’s teachings.”

As the vial containing the saint’s blood liquefied, the assembled faithful responded with applause and a sense of collective awe!

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Saint Januarius, pray for us!


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