The miracle of the Eucharist in Amsterdam (1345) –Thrown into a fire, the Eucharist miraculously is not burned

The miracle of the Eucharist in Amsterdam (1345) –Thrown into a fire, the Eucharist miraculously is not burned

Santarem-Eucharist-miracle In 1345, Amsterdam was a tiny fishing village consisting of four streets and a few alleys lined up along the main canal. There were small modest fishermen’s huts, a church, and a monastery. The monastery was the largest building in the city. The Eucharistic Miracle given to this tiny village on March 13, 1345, was the beginning of the growth for which Amsterdam is now famous. In fact, on the 600th anniversary of the miracle, March 13, 1945, the Dutch Catholics attributed all the growth and progress of their city to the Eu¬charistic Miracle which we will now present.

The Eucharistic miracle occurred in a house on Kalverstreet where a fisherman named Ysbrant Dommer on his deathbed called for a priest to come to his home to give him the last rites of the Church and Holy Communion. After having heard the man’s confession, the priest blessed him with the oils of Extreme Unction, and gave him Communion.

The priest had no sooner left than the sick man began coughing violently. His wife ran over to him in an effort to help him, but the husband, gagging and choking beyond control, vomited the contents of his stomach, including the Host, still intact. The wife reacted instinctively. She swept up the Host and threw It into the fireplace. She soon realized her grave mistake, but the fire was raging, and she was not about to put her hands into it for fear of burning herself. That night she slept fitfully, tossing and turning. She was afraid she had committed a terrible sin and had nightmares about the Sacred Host that she had thrown into the fire.

The following morning, as soon as she got out of bed, she went over to the fireplace. The fire was not extinguished yet, and the coals were still quite hot. She stoked the coals, looking for the Eucharist. To her amazement she suddenly saw the Host sitting atop a burning ember. It was not burned at all. It had not even turned color. The Host was fresh and brilliant, lying among the coals. She immediately snatched the Host from the fire, and carefully wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in a chest for safekeeping.

She then called the priest who had been to her house the previous night and told him the story. The priest then placed the Host into a pyx and washed the cloth in which it had been wrapped. He then carried the Host to the parish church of St. Nicholas. The priest thought it best not to tell anyone about the incident, so as not to stir up gossip involving the woman or her husband. He took the Host, wrapped in the cloth, and returned It to the church, where he placed It in the tabernacle.

The following morning, the priest found the pyx empty to his amazement, but the Host was soon discovered by the same woman when she opened the chest to remove some linens. She was stunned and confused as she knew the priest had taken It away the day before. Had she committed such a terrible sin, that the Lord brought back the proof to punish her with the sight of It? She ran to the Church, and explained what had happened to the priest. Again the priest placed the Eucharist into a pyx and returned it to the church. Then, after yet another disappearance and discovery, the priest contacted other members of the clergy for consultation. All agreed that the occurrences were a direct proof of God’s intercession, and apparently a sign that the miracle should be openly honored. Jesus wanted to use this miracle to awaken His sleeping people. The Miraculous Host was a light which was to shine all over Europe.

The priest told his fellow friars about the miracle, and the story of which soon spread about the town and the surrounding countryside. When the priest formed a procession to go to the fisherman’s house for the Sacred Host, a huge crowd followed him and his fellow priests. They carried the Sa¬cred Host back to the church of St. Nicholas affording Our Lord the honor He deserved for giving such a rich gift to these humble people.

Another wonderful element to the story is that the fisherman who had been dying, the one whom the priest brought the Eucharist on that first night, didn’t die. To the contrary, he recovered, thanks be to God. However, when word of the miracle reached the ears of the townspeople, and those from other villages, they all went to the fisherman’s house to see where the miracle had taken place. It soon became sort of a shrine, and soon afterwards, a Chapel.

Official inquiries were made by the civil magistrate and also the city council, and upon investigation all were satisfied with the truthfulness of the witnesses. They affirmed the occurrence as fact and also endorsed the miracle in official City documents. The Church authorities, too, headed by the Bishop of Utrecht, held an extended inquiry before permitting the clergy to spread information about the event.

In a Pastoral letter, the Bishop officially declared that an authentic miracle had occurred in the little town of Amsterdam. In the same pastoral letter, he authorized veneration of the Eucharistic Miracle of the Host. The little house of the fisherman was soon converted into a Chapel, called Nieuwe Zijds, or Holy Place and the Miraculous Host was placed upon the main altar, for the adoration of the people. The fireplace of the fisherman’s hut was kept intact, and became a permanent part of the new shrine.

Miracle upon Miracle –The second miracle of 1452

A second miracle took place 100 years later. Amsterdam had grown considerably in the century since the first miracle had taken place. On May 24, 1452 the entire city of Amsterdam was engulfed in fire. Most of the buildings were destroyed by the blaze. When the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament (the former fisherman’s hut) caught fire, some of the parishioners made an at¬tempt to save the Miraculous Host from destruction by the flames. They tried to force open the tabernacle. The Host had been placed in a beautiful monstrance, which was inside the tabernacle. The heat of the Church was becoming unbearable. The workers worked feverishly, but to no avail. The heat of the fire had made it impossible to get the door open. As the roof of the Chapel began to cave in, the men ran out of the Church to safety, their mission a failure.

The entire Church collapsed and burned to the ground, including the tabernacle. Upon seeing this, there was a great sadness among the faithful of the city, especially those who had tried in vain to rescue the Eucharistic Miracle. The next day, they sifted through the ashes of the Church, hoping against hope, that something remained of their precious Host. Their grief turned to joy as soon they spotted the Monstrance, completely unscathed, there among the ashes of the Church. Even the silk veil which covered the Monstrance had been saved from the fire. So, once again the Lord saved the same Host from fire in the same house in Amsterdam.

Soon afterwards, a new chapel was built, more elaborate and more beautiful than the previous one. The fame of the Eucharistic Miracle of Amsterdam, now recognized as a twofold miracle, spread beyond the Netherlands to all of Europe. The Hapsburg Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Maxmillian, went to Amsterdam in pilgrimage to the Eucharistic Miracle. He prayed for a healing at the shrine, which was granted to him because of his faith. He showed his thanksgiving by donating beautiful gifts to the Chapel of the miracle. Amsterdam and the Eucharistic Miracle became a major place of pilgrimages and processions.

Eucharist-Miracle-Amsterdam-case In 1665 the city council authorized Father Jan Van der Mey to convert one of the houses of the former convent of the Beghine into a chapel. After completion, the precious monstrance was transferred, but unfortunately was shortly afterwards taken by unknown thieves. Even today there is perpetual exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in memory of the miracle. The only objects that remain from the Eucharistic miracle are the case that contained the Sacred Host (pictured in the photo to the left), the documents that describe the miracle, and some paintings housed in the Historical Museum of Amsterdam. Every year there is a silent procession (Stille Omgang) in honor of the miracle on the eve of Palm Sunday.

59 Comments

  1. Andrew Agabi
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 12:49:02

    To God be the glory.

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  2. Gloria
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 14:26:34

    Praise to you Lord Jesus!

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  3. anene pius uchenna
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 14:34:39

    I am so glad to be part in sharing this EUCHARISTIC miracles

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  4. LORNA DREWS
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 21:17:40

    EUCHARIST IS A LIVE HOST

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  5. maryjane
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 08:58:27

    Blessed be God for ever..may your divine present lead and protect me.

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  6. yhen
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 09:16:53

    Praise God for He is powerful..Bless us always Lord..thanks

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  7. Matthew Kyalo
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 10:34:25

    This is breath taking. Glory and honour be to God.

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  8. jacynta mcsween
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 20:06:38

    Glory to god in the highest.

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  9. Guia D. Meneses
    Jan 23, 2015 @ 09:11:33

    my Lord & my God! my God & my All.. I Praise! I Thank You & I love You! Bless me & my family & all those people that I am praying for your mercy & grace & for your forgiveness! Heal me & all those people who are sick. I trust & I believe that I have received whatever I have asked for in prayer. Thanks be to God. In the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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    • Faith
      Mar 05, 2015 @ 14:44:52

      Amen

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    • ANGELA
      Oct 21, 2015 @ 00:46:42

      Glory be to the Father ,the Son , and the Holy Spirit , now and until the end of time !!! AMEN

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  10. Leolaydz
    Jan 25, 2015 @ 08:18:38

    Blessed be God in the Highest! May your Divine presence guide, and protect me and my family!

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  11. vicky
    Feb 02, 2015 @ 03:50:16

    O sacreament most Holy, O sacrament Divine,
    All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine…

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  12. omeche
    Feb 02, 2015 @ 10:50:50

    May the name of the lord be praised

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  13. Ral FroiVar
    Feb 04, 2015 @ 09:11:27

    Amen to the Miracle…”Laudetur Jesus Christus et Maria Immaculata.”

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  14. Jane Akinyi
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 11:05:39

    Glory be to God in the highest.

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  15. manny
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 12:17:34

    All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine. Glory and praise to you, God almighty.

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  16. okoju theophilus mary O
    Feb 19, 2015 @ 13:58:29

    Deo gratis. Amen.

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  17. alfreda t. blazo
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 13:39:01

    Lord I know you are truly GOD Bless the people all over the world and save all of them,Thank you very Lord Jesus Christ for all blessings that we recieved. And Bless also my family’s, relatives, and friends I love very you much papa Jesus and Mama Mary.

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  18. jo meredith
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 09:38:02

    Glory be to god

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  19. Faith
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 14:42:55

    Lord i thank you for every time i’m given the chance to receive the eucharist please forgive me for all my sins give me grace not to sin again strengthen my faith and may i receive miracles every time i receive the eucharist in Jesus name i pray amen and amen.

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  20. jacinta ndubueze
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 15:52:08

    Amen. God I ask for healing of my body and soul and for all my heart wishes.

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  21. Francisco Jr Santos
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 07:28:21

    My guess!!! the Holy Host is now in the Vatican City for safekeeping!!! Amen.

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  22. jay jay
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 00:00:08

    Through Christ our Lord amen..

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  23. martin cauchi
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 07:58:38

    Christ for Ever.Amen.

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  24. marilyn perez
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 05:21:20

    Lord have Mercy on us Amen

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  25. Ramsey Rebello
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 06:37:54

    my god is a living god

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  26. Mar
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 14:35:43

    LORD, JESUS CHRIST, we have FAITH IN YOU. please help us and grant our wishes and prayers. AMEN

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  27. Femi
    Mar 13, 2015 @ 13:48:30

    Glory and praise to you O Lord

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  28. Jowel M. Esteron
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 12:13:14

    Dear Jesus please make a miracle to my wife to womb and to be come a mother we failed two times and keep on pray to her a miracle and god bless and a miracle for a baby

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  29. DANIEL E. KOVAL
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 17:28:29

    DEAR LORD ,I LOVE YOU, AND THANK YOU, FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE EVER CLOSE TO YOU IN THE BLESSED SACREMENT, AS A EUCHARISTIC MINISTER ,FOR THESE MANY YEARS.

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  30. I j
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 18:13:23

    Waooh!!! God Almighty is the Beginning and the End. May His favor be with us forever. Amen.

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  31. Cas
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 21:24:09

    God, I believe the Sacrament of Eucharist is Your True presence and blessing me into my life. Amen!

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  32. mariel parangue zambrano
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 03:42:35

    please,LORD,i know u’re always there for me n for my family,please help us to find the truth,we still believe hoping for the truth ! AMEN!

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  33. koko
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 21:49:43

    Blessed be God forever.

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  34. JESUS C. VARGAS
    Mar 27, 2015 @ 14:25:29

    IT IS THE REAL PRESENCE OF THE LORD, IT IS THE VERY SAME HOST CONSECRATED IN ALL THE HOLY MASSES ALL OVER WORLD WE CELEBRATE AND RECEIVED DAILY. THANKN YOU LORD!

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  35. oluchukwu ogbu
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 09:52:45

    thank you my god for the blessing of the eucharist

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  36. Kamanyire Joseph
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 17:07:29

    God is With us.

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  37. BBAALE JOHN BApTIST
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 09:03:28

    prayer request, pray for me find out the exact answer to the question so that i may win the bounty (money on it, ( its unstable at certain temperature but a highly reliable semi-conductor.what is it.

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  38. joel muñez
    Apr 11, 2015 @ 04:02:30

    Woww great, indeed Jesus was truly present in the host. Unta naay kausaban sa akong kinabuhi parti sa akong pagtrabaho , salamat daan ginoo

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  39. Gloria Wyatt
    May 04, 2015 @ 23:18:41

    Amen

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  40. julie grace
    May 05, 2015 @ 21:37:04

    thanks be to God

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  41. Benard Odhiambo
    Jun 08, 2015 @ 10:52:56

    Blessed be Jesus Christ in the holy sacrament of the altar

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  42. Virginia Alamares
    Jun 08, 2015 @ 23:53:16

    To god be the glory!

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  43. Angela
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 18:29:05

    I Sacrament Most Holy, I Sacrament Divine. All Praise and all thanksgiving; Be every moment Thine.

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  44. Sharon O'Neill
    Aug 06, 2015 @ 16:05:34

    Blessed be God forever. Amen. I am 72 and ask of you Lord Jesus to help me become an adult in my mind. I am still a child in my emotions and have been trying, but so far I have not been able to do it. I don’t know how. Please heal my intense perspiration problem that I’ve had since 1985 and diabetes. Thank you my beloved Creator! And, thank you for healing my caner

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  45. betty
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 12:30:47

    Wonderful miracle.u are the true living GOD.

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  46. cristina laluan
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 13:34:56

    lord i always believe in miracles from you i am again asking a miracle for my husband lay your precious hands upon him and let him recover for his many sickness lord i trust in you ame n

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  47. imelda
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 15:15:39

    Praise God

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  48. BENEDICT EZEAGU (@benchudeze1)
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 18:26:57

    Oh Body of Christ,save me and my entire family members;Blood of Christ,heal and inebriate us and all those who receive the Holy Eucharist.Jesus Christ,may I share in this Eucharistic Miracle of the Host that occurred in Amsterdam,by this miracle please heal my parents;help me complete my building projects in my village successfully in the next few weeks,find/marry my desired lovely wife this year,enjoying an instant and stupendous financial breakthroughs this month,win the business contracts I am pursuing,enjoy successes in my legal practice and businesses,deliver my family from generational curses,harvest my entire family members and town for Jesus Christ,enjoy divine favours,guidance and protection for me and my entire family members and friends as well as help us to be faithful in the service of God.

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  49. minda
    Aug 10, 2015 @ 00:08:52

    I felt a feeling I don’t know while reading the Sacret Host miracle, the Lord touch my head. Praise God,Alleluia, Amen than you Lord.

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  50. Vancie Todaro
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 01:34:25

    God is great and is always trying to bring His children close to Him

    Reply

  51. ogechi olumba
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 10:52:37

    Lord, i know am a sinner, not worthy of receiving u. But i ask for forgiveness of my sins. I pray dat as my innocent kids receive u on sundays, let there be a turn around for good in my family. I always beg u to visit my family. Pls lord, visit us n make our lives better, tru Christ our lord, Amen.

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  52. Vivian Villa
    Sep 05, 2015 @ 04:17:09

    Jesus, I trust in you!

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  53. Theresa Triplett
    Oct 20, 2015 @ 18:48:55

    ALL GLORY HONOR AND PRAISE BE TO YOU OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST KING OF ENDLESS GLORY…!!!!

    Reply

  54. Prof Anthony O. ONYEKWELI.
    Oct 22, 2015 @ 07:02:16

    Jesus is LORD. He lives FOREVER.P

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  55. Gemma Clementine Toka
    Dec 18, 2015 @ 05:48:57

    Glory to God in the Highest. Our Lord Jesus Christ is living with us forever, Amen

    Reply

  56. Sebastian G. Nandi
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 16:39:58

    Ad majorem Dei Gloriam. I and my entire family do give ourselves to you Lord Jesus Christ for protection.

    Reply

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