Charles Caspers and Peter Jan Margry, Het Mirakel van Amsterdam. Biografie van een betwiste devotie. Prometheus, Amsterdam 2017, 503 pp. ISBN 9789035139596. € 29.99.Every year in March a procession of men and women moves through the streets of night-time Amsterdam. In complete silence they follow an age-old procession route which has its origins in a medieval Eucharistic miracle. According to tradition, in the night of 15 to 16 March 1345, a dying man vomited and spewed up the Host that his parish priest had administered to him earlier that evening. In accordance with liturgical regulations, the wafer was thrown into the hearth but it miraculously survived the fire and could be retrieved from the ashes the next morning. What is more, after having been taken back to the Old Church by the priest, the Host inexplicably returned no less than three times to the dying man’s house. The fact the miracle Host kept coming back was a sure sign that the house was a locum sacer, a Holy Place (‘Heilige Stede’) where God had revealed Himself. Consequently, the house was converted into a chapel and soon became a famous pilgrimage site.The personal history of authors Charles Caspers and, especially, Peter Jan
Church History and Religious Culture (formerly Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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