Catholic Dictionary




The miraculous act of liquefying of solid matter, especially congealed blood, as reported of certain relics of saints. The best known liquefaction is that reported of St. Januarius (d. c. 305), Bishop of Benevento. A glass phial containing his dried blood is seen to liquefy in public eighteen times a year. This phenomenon has been recorded for 500 years, and no natural has been given.