The Miracle of O Cebreiro and the Galician Holy Grail

February 9, 2017

Since its peak in the Middle Ages, pilgrims from all over Europe take the routes that lead to the tomb of the apostle in Santiago de Compostela. One of the stops along the way is the Benedictine church of Cebreiro, famous for the Eucharistic Miracle that happened there.

Nowadays Cebreiro is still a small village. His great treasure is the Church of the Eucharistic miracle, of pre-Romanesque invoice, from the ninth century, with three simple rectangular apse naves and a tower. Presides in the presbytery the image of a Gothic Christ.

The Benedictine monks raised and guarded this temple from the year 836 to 1853, over a thousand years!. The monks of Aurillac, that called Alfonso I SAW, remained in Cebreiro from 1072 to 1487, date in which the Catholic Kings obtained from the Pope their annexation to San Benito the Real one of Valladolid. The monks leave the Cebreiro in 1853, as a consequence of the confiscation of Mendizábal.

The Eucharistic Miracle

A very strong tradition, corroborated by various historical and archaeological sources, maintains that a Benedictine priest was celebrating the Eucharist on the altar of the side chapel of the church. It is believed that this celebration took place about the 14th century.

The priest thought that on that cold winter day, when the snow was piled up and the wind was unbearable, no one would come to the mass. But he was wrong. A countryman from Barxamaior, named Juan Santín, ascends to Cebreiro to participate in the Holy Mass. The celebrant monk, of little faith, belittles the sacrifice of the peasant.

But at the time of the Consagracion the priest perceives how the Host becomes flesh sensitive to the sight, and the chalice in blood, which boils and dyes the body. The corporals with the blood remained in the chalice and the Host in the paten.

Jesus wanted to strengthen not only the faith of that monk but of all men. News of the miracle spread everywhere thus fostering a great devotion to Christ in the Eucharist.

In spite of time, wars and fires, the miracle reaches our century as lacking in faith, as a powerful sign of the truth: Christ is alive, risen, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Eucharist.

The protagonists of the story, the monk and the peasant, have their mausoleums in the church, near the place of the Eucharistic miracle.

In 1486 the Catholic Kings, pilgrims to Compostela, they stay with the monks, contemplate the miracle and then, donate the reliquary where the Miracle has been kept until today.

In the first years of the seventeenth century Fr. Yepes wrote: «I, although unworthy, have seen and worshiped this holy mystery, I have seen the two blisters in one of them is the blood, which seems barely coagulated, red like that of a freshly slaughtered kid, I have also seen the meat, which is red and dry ».

The Chalice and the Patena are famous Romanesque pieces of the 11th centuryI. This chalice presides over the coat of arms of Galicia. Cebreiro and the Miracle have influenced the work of Wagner.

As we see the French Way from O Cebreiro It is considered the cradle of myths and legends and from here you can start the Camino to Santiago de Compostela with