Praise God for his goodness! 🙌
After remaining solid most of the day, the blood of St. Januarius finally liquified on the evening of Dec. 16 at the Naples Cathedral in Italy. This is the third time the blood liquified in 2021.
Royal Chapel of the San Gennaro Treasure abbott Msgr. Vincenzo de Gregorio removed the reliquary from its safe at 9 a.m. local time, but the liquid remained solid. The cathedral then placed it on the altar after morning Mass, and it again remained solid.
Finally, after a day of intense prayer, the blood liquified at 5:59 p.m. local time.
The Chapel of St. Januarius also confirmed the miracle on Facebook:
The blood last liquified on Sept. 19 of this year. According to Vatican journalist Francesco Antonio Grana, the blood “almost never” liquifies on Dec. 16.
While the Church does not officially recognize the miracle, locals consider it a “good sign” for the city of Naples.
The liquefaction miracle of St. Januarius’ blood potentially occurs three times per year at the Cathedral of Naples in Italy: the first Saturday of May (the celebration of his relics arriving at the Cathedral), on the saint’s Sept. 19 feast, and on Dec. 16, the anniversary of Naples’ preservation from the 1631 Mount Vesuvius volcanic eruption.
St. Januarius was a third century bishop known for his bravery in defending his flock and was martyred during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. He is the patron saint of Naples, Italy.
St. Januarius, please pray for us!
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