our sacrifice of praise rising as a pleasing fragrance
Monday, December 19, 2016
GREAT FEAR IN MY HOMETOWN WHERE SAINT JANUARIUS GRANTED ME A MIRACLE IN AN UNCONVENTUAL WAY
Concern in Naples: First time in 30 years that Blood of St. Januarius did not liquify
There is concern among the Neapolitans (like me) because the blood of theSaint Januarius,the patron saint of Naples, Friday was not liquid.It's been thirty years since this has not happened.The guardian of the relic, Mgr.Vincenzo De Gregorio, the faithful called to the Cathedral in order not to panic.He asked them to keep praying.
Three times a year, especially on the feast day of St. Januarius in September, thousands of streams applied in the Naples Cathedral to see if the coagulated blood of the holy liquid.That is also the case on December 16, the day of the commemoration of the warning of the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631.
The absence of the miracle is considered by Neapolitans as the announcement of impending doom.That was particularly the case in 1939, on the eve of World War II.The last time the miracle was forthcoming, it was in 1980, when there were 2,900 people killed in an earthquake in Irpinia.It was the most devastating natural disaster in the Italian postwar period.