Legends of the Blessed Sacrament – Saint Gregory, Bishop of Tours

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Saint Gregory of Tours, who died A.D. 595, relates in his book, Of the Glories of the Martyrs, a memorable story of the wonderful power of the Holy Eucharist, which has also been handed down to us by the well-known historian Evagrius. We will give the account in the words of Evagrius, and afterwards subjoin some additions of the holy Bishop:

‘In the days when Mennas occupied the episcopal chair of Constantinople a very extraordinary event took place. There was in that city an old custom, when a large number of the consecrated particles remained after Communion, of causing boys to come in from the schools in order to consume them. It happened once that amongst the other boys who presented themselves was the son of a glass manufacturer, who was a Jew. Now when hre parents inquired of him the reason of his prolonged absence the child related what had happened, and how he, with the other boys, had been fed. The father, in a storm of fury, seized the boy, and cast him into the fiery furnace in which he was accustomed to fuse the glass. His mother sought her child, and finding him not, she went throughout the town weeping and mourning. At length on the third day, as she stood at the door of her husband’s workshop, weeping and tearing her flesh with grief, and calling on her son by name, it came to pass that the boy heard the voice of his mother, and answered her out of the furnace. Immediately she broke open the doors, went in, and there beheld her child standing in the midst of the fiery coals, unharmed. Now when he was questioned as to the manner by which he had remained without injury, he replied that a lady clothed in purple had very frequently appeared, bringing him water and quenching the coals around him; also, when he was hungry, she brought him food. When Justinian the Emperor heard of this he placed both mother and son, after they had passed through the waters of baptism, under the care of the clergy; but the father, who continued to refuse to believe in the mysteries of the Christian faith, he commanded, as being the murderer of his child, to be crucified in the suburb of Syca.’

Saint Gregory writes thus: ‘The boy received the Holy Eucharist in the church of Saint Mary, in which stands the image of the Blessed Virgin in a conspicuous place, upon which the eyes of the boy fell, and being drawn powerfully he entered the church. The image which he had seen in the church, with the child in her arms, was that of her who appeared to him in the midst of the fire.’ The Saint adds: ‘The boy received the bread, and therein the glorious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.’

MLA Citation

  • Emily Mary Shapcote. “”. Legends of the Blessed Sacrament, 1877. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 November 2014. Web. 21 August 2017. <>