A Utah Catholic church recently became the site of what some are calling a miracle after a communion wafer placed in water appeared to bleed.
Meant to symbolize the flesh of Christ, the wafer--also called a host--was placed in a glass of water near the altar at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns after a young parishioner returned it to the priest during communion.
The priest reportedly then placed the wafer into the water, expecting it to dissolve in just a few minutes. But that's not what happened.
Instead, the wafer remained intact for several days. What's more, it turned a deep blood red.
News of the apparent miracle sent shockwaves through the church community and devotees began to pack into St. Francis Xavier's to see the host on display.
Monsignor M. Francis Mannion issued the following statement:
"Recently, reports of a bleeding host at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns have been circulating within the diocese. Monsignor Colin F. Bircumshaw, Diocesan Administrator, has appointed an ad hoc committee of individuals with various backgrounds to investigate the matter.
"The work of the committee is now underway. The results will be made public.
"The host is now in the custody of the Diocesan Administrator. Contrary to rumor, there are NO current plans for public exposition or adoration."