Last week during Holy Communion at St. Francis Xavier parish in Salt Lake City, a consecrated Host was given to a child who had not yet made his First Communion. The child's mother informed the priest presiding and returned the Host to him.
The priest, adhering to canon law, then took the consecrated Host and placed it in a container of water to dissolve. Three days later the consecrated Host began to bleed.
As word spread, people quickly began arriving at the parish to adore the Host for a short time. The bleeding Host is now in the possession of diocesan officials who will investigate the possible miracle.
The head of the investigation committee, Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, issued the following statement:
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.
There is currently no estimated time for the length of the investigation.
Matthew Pearson is the Executive Producer for ChurchMilitant.com