The Fact

This Event occurred in the inferior Basilica, Saint Pius X of Lourdes, on November 7th, 1999, during a Holy Mass concelebrated by 120 French Bishops, gathered together in Episcopal Conference: some guest Bishops were present and also 650 young priests approximately; 160 Superiors, Abbots and Abbesses, Priors and Prioress, of Trappist Monasteries, coming from all over.

These Eucharistic Concelebration pictures were diffused on television by French broadcaster “Antenne 2”. During the ceremony an unusual fact happens in front of the three Bishops facing the altar. They were placed as follows: in the center Mons Louis-Marie Billet, Archbishop of Lyon at that time (since 1998), as well as President of the French Episcopal Conference (from November 1996 till November 2001). He was appointed Cardinal on 2001 and he deceased on March12th,2002. On his right, (the left in the pictures) the Archbishop of Paris, then Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger and on his left (the right in the pictures) the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Cardinal Pierre Eyt, who passed away in 2001.

Mons. Billet is near to consecrate, on the Altar, two large “brown” hosts, measuring about 20/24 cm. diameter, often used in France for solemn great occasions of Eucharistic Concelebrations. At the Offertory the two Hosts, on and with the paten, are lifted up as offer to God, then taken down again; in the television film they can be clearly observed laying upon each other, close-fitting to the paten and between themselves, as one body in such a way that it is difficult to realize that they are two, not one. In the videotape there is a long succession of several shots that shoes them in such a position. It can be no doubt that the two hosts are physically lying upon each other and firmly fitting to the “paten”.

The unusual event occurs at the Epiclesis, when the ministers stretch out their hands upon the offerings of bread and wine, invoking the Holy Spirit. At the eyes of the viewer appears clearly that the upper Host starts to detach from the lower One and highs up. A mysterious and delicate energy-push fills the upper Host, in surprising way, and lifts it up with an instantaneous delicate movement, which makes it fluctuate three-four times in the air, sets it horizontal and leaves it gently floating in the air detached two centimeters from the lowest one. The tow Hosts remain in that position, parallel and separated, until the end of “The Canon”.

Television shooting emphasizes several moments of the ceremony, during which the minister moves around; it is possible to see, through the two Hosts (one suspended in the air, the lower still lying on the paten), the green color of the vestments wore by the celebrant… his hands… the white color of the garment, also the white wall. It shines, always visible in the center of the Host, a particular light, intense at times, which seems to be a “flowing flash” of energy that gently holds the upper Host raised up and seams to link it to the lower one. Moreover, when the Bishop highs the upper Host, on saying the words: “Take and eat, this is my Body offered for you” a distinctive brightness springs from It and radiates all around. It even brightens the hands of the celebrant. At the moment he highs It up, the Host seems to lead the movement of priest’s hands and strain them upwards with Itself.

The videotape with these images is quite long and rich in zooms. This gives the opportunity to perceive with reasonable certainty that it is absolutely not the case of an optical illusion or a prospective deception.               

Experts in the field, after a careful examination of the tape, in the strongest way have excluded a technical manipulation of the images.                                                                              

The light signal is unique and it is so well integrated in the unfolding of the ceremony that it dismisses all possibility of tricks and optical illusions. On top of that the spectators close to the phenomenon are bewildered and perplexed, visibly embarrassed and unwilling to admit what is happening before their eyes, the fact they can experience physically.  They even seem to be upset of what is going on; they were absolutely not expecting such an unusual event, which demands from them an immediate difficult decision on the matter.

This fact really has happened in that occasion, date, place. It is certainly sure. 

Several people, in various parts of France, have recorded the ceremony on video-tapes home taken films, copied directly from the authentic current living broadcast of the event in Lourdes; they are still in possession of them. Besides, it can be added that “Jour du Seigneur”, the catholic entity that owns the copyright on such broadcasting and keeps the originals films of the four differently positioned cameras used for diffusing the ceremony, has given gently the original tape of it in PAL: on those tapes also are reproduced well visible the scenes of the “levitation”.

 This removes any objection that the phenomenon could be an elaborated fiction.

The episode has been captured by the camera, an objective and neutral spectator.

The Christian reality of the “Holy Eucharist” where is proclaimed “the Mystery of the faith” within the liturgical celebration at every Eucharist, this “sign” offers a great reassurance and a tangible explanation.

For those unaware of Cristian faith and wishing to get information on what the Magisterium believes and teaches about The Eucharist, it is available a chapter on the Catechism of the Catholic Church or it is recommended to turn to qualified and authoritative people.

All visible and verifiable phenomena, especially one like the above-mentioned, has to be examined with a scientific method and possibly with an approach free of any rejection and prejudice.

If somebody decides to look into how it happened or consequently quest which explanation could be done to what has really happened in Lourdes, could contact the owners of the television registration in Paris, France.

In other similar cases, exactly as it has happened on this phenomenon, it is difficult to be able to keep the “concreteness of observation” like a real unbiased investigator and merge it to honesty and openness to accept facts that cannot be denied and at the same time to make plausible and solid hypothesis.

Comprehension of reality often surpasses us and we need others or “Another”,  the “Builder”, to explain such a deed to us and reveal us His plan.