Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples held up an ampoule containing the relic of the third-century martyr-saint’s blood in Naples Cathedral on Sept. 19, revealing the liquefaction to shouts and cheers. The reputed miracle usually occurs up to three times a year.
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The reputed miracle usually occurs up to three times a year when the archbishop holds up and rotates the ampoules containing blood, revealing that the dried blood has liquified.
The blood of St. Januarius, patron of Naples, had remained solid on Thursday morning, but the miracle occurred later in the day.
During the miracle, the dried, red-colored mass confined to one side of the reliquary becomes blood that covers the entire glass.
The bones and blood of St. Januarius — San Gennaro in Italian — are preserved as relics in Naples Cathedral.
St. Januarius (San Gennaro) will have much attention on Sept. 19 when people in Naples, Italy, wait anxiously to see whether his blood will liquefy. At the same time, 4,000 miles away, the San Gennaro festivities are underway in New York City’s Little Italy.
The reputed miracle has not been officially recognized by the Church, but is known and accepted locally and is considered to be a good sign for the city of Naples and its region of Campania.
St. Januarius, or San Gennaro in Italian, the patron of Naples, was a bishop of the city in the third century, whose bones and blood are preserved in the cathedral as relics.
The wonder reportedly happens at least three times a year, including Sept. 19.