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Revelations of St Bridget of Sweden – Feast Day October 8

Revelations of St Bridget of Sweden
St Bridget’s Eucharistic Vision
Revelations of St Bridget of Sweden c. 1400
Illumination on parchment. The Morgan Library and Museum, New York

Revelations of St Bridget, on the life and passion of Our Lord, and the life of His Blessed Mother by Birgitta, Saint, of Sweden, 1303-1373. Publication date: 1862. Download eBook.

“One day, when a priest was celebrating Mass, I saw, at the moment of Consecration, how all the powers of heaven were set in motion. I heard, at the same time, a heavenly music, most harmonious, most sweet. Numberless Angels came down, the chant of whom no human understanding could conceive, nor the tongue of man describe. They surrounded and looked upon the priest, bowing towards him in reverential awe. The devils commenced to tremble, and took to flight in greatest confusion and terror.”

The illumination shows St Bridget’s mystical vision of God. The often dramatic staging of the transubstantiation of the Eucharistic bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ reaches its high point when the priest raises the host. Through this act, the believer was able to feel the presence of God, but without being able to see the divine rays of God’s gaze necessary for this metamorphosis to take place. This is something witnessed only by the Elect, of whom St Bridget of Sweden was one. In an illustration of one of her visions, we can see how the transformation of the host occurred. The saint is seated at her writing desk. In front of her the Eucharist is being celebrated. her head is lit by a divine ray which descends from an open heaven in which the angels and saints have gathered. The Virgin and Christ, seated in a mandorla, impart the rays which reveal the miracle: only Bridget is able to see the body of Christ rising from the wafer.

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