Easter is considered by many as the most significant event on the Christian calendar, yet most Christians have little or no knowledge of the deep mysteries of the blood of Jesus revealed by medical scientific investigations.
3 sites mainly inquired over the years, for they are believed to contain blood drops of Jesus Christ, came back with some shocking results, all the same, despite being separated in time..
If the blood found at these locations is thought to belong to Jesus, then what type was it?
While many claim he should be of O- type, since he’s “The universal donor”, studies show some completely opposite facts..
With a lot of “Miracles of the Eucharist” happening in ancient times, during which priests or icons bled profusely, only one stands relevant according to scientists. It occurred at Lanciano, around 700 A.D.
The Miracle of Lanciano
Lanciano is a small coastal town on the Adriatic Sea in Italy. The term means “the lance” and according to an ancient tradition, Longinus, the Roman centurion who pierced, with a lance the side of Christ already dead, came originally from Lanciano. He had poor vision, but regained his sight after touching his eyes with his hand dripping with the Blood of Jesus. In consequence of this, he became a convert and died a martyr.
One day in the eighth century, in the small church dedicated to Saints Legontian and Domitian in Lanciano, a Basilian monk was assigned to celebrate the Holy Mass in the Latin rite, with a host of unleavened bread. The monk had doubts about the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
During the Mass, when he said the Words of Consecration (This is my body. This is my blood), with doubt in his soul, the priest saw the bread change into living flesh and the wine change into live blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size (this number supposedly corresponds to the number of wounds Christ suffered on the cross: one in each hand and foot from the nails, and the wound from the centurion’s spear).
This miracle took place nearly 1300 years ago. Since 1574, 6 testings have been conducted upon the miracle, all of which have revealed the flesh to be human heart tissue and the blood of human origin, both from the same type. The blood had characteristics of “living blood” and no preservatives of any kind were found in either specimen.
The Sudarium of Oviedo
The Sudarium is sometimes called the other Shroud, or more correctly the face-cloth of Christ. It has no image but does have fascinating blood stains, which have been analyzed. It is said that the cloth could be the one used to cover and clean the face of Jesus after the Crucifixion. Moreover, it is thought to be put over the head of a corpse as part of a Jewish custom when the death was awful, to spare the family, especially the mother, more anguish. The markings on the Sudarium show distinct facial geometry, e.g. cheekbones and eyebrows. It is not mentioned in accounts of the actual burial of Christ, but is mentioned as having been present in the empty tomb later (John 20:7). The Sudarium is displayed to the public three times a year, in the Cámara Santa of the Cathedral of San Salvador, Oviedo, Spain.
Researches and tests conducted upon this relic, showed blood stains referred to the same group as the one found in “The Miracle of Lanciano”.
The Shroud of Turin
Perhaps the most reputed piece of information related to Jesus himself, is the Shroud of Turin, bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. The piece of cloth is believed to be the one wrapped around Jesus’ body after his death.
The Shroud has been, over the years, the source of countless investigations, regarding its authenticity. Biological and medical forensics have however found several reddish stains on the Shroud suggesting blood, but it is uncertain whether they were produced at the same time as the image, or afterwards.
It was at the Genetics Forensic Laboratory of the University of Bologna, in 2004, equipped with the most modern sophisticated equipment where a team of researchers, doctors, and biologists University Professors found the amazing characteristics, reports Italian author Renzo Allegri.
“The blood is human blood, of group […], male […]” the team reported, adding that “the configuration of the genetic features found in the Y chromosome does not correspond to any of the configurations present in the world wide data bank where the data of 22,000 male subjects from 187 different populations is kept.”“This blood is so rare that it must be considered as almost unique. By calculation, the statistical probability of finding, in the course of millennia, a typology of the same blood type, is almost nil, the mathematical probability of this happening is in the order of 1 in 200 billion possible cases.” [In other words 1 on 200,000,000,000.]
“The implication is potentially astonishing: that the blood came from a source that was not preceded by a similar genetic type and was not inherited (as of course Jesus’s Blood, if this was His actual genetic structure, would not have been inherited). Of course, because something is supernatural does not mean the process of discernment is over.”
What was Jesus’ blood type after all?
Scientific studies carried on the three above-mentioned relics – most trustworthy yet doubtful ones – have shown that Jesus Christ seems to have been an AB blood type carrier. It is still debated whether He was Rh+ or Rh-, but one thing is for sure, its pattern is really special, like nothing found before.
If this turns out to be Jesus’ real blood type, can researches dealing with icons and belongings regarding “The Virgin Mary” and Her blood type prove the connection of mother and child between Them?
Strangely enough, analyses conducted upon many holy icons, such as the “Weeping Madonna of Syracuse”, show the same blood type as Jesus Christ, yet more awkwardly His blood type denotes He’s a “universal recipient”, a “universal acceptor” mysteriously proving, whether you believe in the existence of a deity or not, that there is something special happening out there after all..