Yesterday, September 19, the feast of the patron saint of Naples took place: San Jenaro or San Januario. This is one of the three dates on which the miracle of the liquefaction of the saint’s blood is performed.
Editorial (20/09/2022 15:02, Gaudium Press) Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples raised ayer the ampoule that contained the relic of the blood of the holy martyr of the third century, in the Cathedral of Naples, revealing its liquefaction.
“Today the sign of the blood of Saint Jenaro shed by Christ and his brothers tells us that goodness, beauty and justice are and will always be victorious”, said the archbishop.
“Here is the meaning of this blood which, together with the blood shed by Christ and by all the martyrs of all places and times, is a living testimony that love always wins”.
More than 2,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in Naples for the feast of St. Jenaro, the patron saintono from the city. The bishop was martyred during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian.
In his homily, the Archbishop of Naples warned against reducing the veneration of the city’s saint to mere superstition.
“Believe me, what really matters to the Lord, what our bishop and martyr Jenaro asks us strongly, it is the daily commitment to bet on love, to dissolve selfishness, to break the dams that stop good, leaving the lymph of love, like blood,r for the body of this city, giving everyone hope, confidence, the possibility of redemption and eternal life,” he added.
Liquefaction occurs three times a year
The miracle is expected three times a year: in September, on the feast of the saint; the Saturday before the first Sunday in May to commemorate the transfer of the mortal remains of the saint; and, finally, on December 16, in memory of the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631. When the blood does not liquefy, the Neapolitans interpret it as a bad omen.
With information from CNA.