A parish priest has revealed the truth behind the ‘Mayo Church Miracle’ which has gone viral on Facebook in recent days.
The incident centering on a communion piece covered in a ‘blood-like’ substance has left thousands of Facebook users wondering if a miracle happened at a church in Mayo.
On June 19, St Joseph’s Church in Aghamore, near Knock, became a viral sensation following the bizarre incident which is set to become one of Ireland’s biggest conspiracy theories.
The incident happened when a priest reading mass at Aghamore dropped a piece of communion bread on the floor.
After picking up the communion piece and placing it in a glass of water to let it dissolve, those present were amazed to see it return covered in a red substance.
The priest allegedly added more water and let it dissolve longer, only to find that it had “taken on the appearance of bloody flesh”.
With the small church in Mayo making headlines on the internet, a parish priest has confirmed that the freak incident was a reaction to water hitting the communion piece.
Speaking to Irish Central, the anonymous priest said the incident “appeared to be a reaction of the water and therefore is no longer considered a visible Eucharistic miracle”.
Following the emergence of the story, an Irishman, Robert Nugent, noted after an image search that the photo was taken at St Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, Utah in 2015.
Mr Nugent said the church ‘should carry out an independent investigation to determine if this is mold (which may be red) or if this is a miracle’ and to see if the incident even happened in the church.
The original online post read: “A Eucharistic minister accidentally dropped a consecrated host on the floor while administering Holy Communion. The Indian priest put it in a small bowl of water to allow it to dissolve. Checking some time later, he discovered that the water was blood-colored.
“He added a little water and then saw that the Host had taken on the appearance of a tissue of bloody flesh.”